My husband has wanted me to do this for years, mainly as a means of additional income for the family. With my professional writing experience and years of living and teaching a self-reliant lifestyle, he figured it was a no-brainer. I opposed the idea for at least a few reasons: I definitely did not want to attract the attention of the bad guys; seven or eight years ago when my husband first started suggesting this idea I was sure our societal collapse was imminent, and therefore encouraging people to prepare through my writing would be pointless; and writing takes time and any project I undertake (especially one that will have an audience) must be done very well.
So what's changed? Nothing. I still don't want to attract unwanted attention (or any, really--I loathe the limelight). I still feel collapse is imminent. Few people will be encouraged to prepare through my writing and there are already loads of other blogs out there. Writing still takes me forever; I think a preparedness blog should be done every day--after all, preparedness is a daily way of life--not something that happens weekly or monthly or whenever. And blogs are supposed to have pictures. Lots of pictures. I loathe taking pictures and taking the time to insert them and I don't have a good camera or good lighting for it most of the time.
And I hear a friend's voice advising me not to let the great be the enemy of the good. My goal is to provide a good source of information and ideas for preparing better. I'll take pictures when absolutely necessary. Because we are busy people and because many learn and retain information best when it is presented in small amounts more frequently, this will be a daily blog, Monday through Saturday, with most posts that can be read in just a few minutes. If you have questions, post a comment and I will answer ASAP.
If collapse is imminent, I shouldn't attract too much unwanted attention, so it is ok to begin this project. As I write this with the purpose of educating my children and grandchildren and getting my brain on paper for them--and doing it on a daily basis, I have to let go of perfectionism in my writing. And I'll have to let readers use their imagination or the internet when most writers would let pictures do the talking.
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