Showing posts with label blog stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blog stuff. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

American Mercenary Signs Off

Another excellent blogger calls it quits. I get it, life has enough complications without a thankless low/ no pay part time job but I hate it when the good ones go.

Hopefully he isn't a stranger and pops up occasionally in the emails or comments section. Maybe even down the road at some point when life slows down he may appear with the occasional guest post or even come back.

Friday, June 5, 2015

New Ventures Discussion: Soliciting Input

Right now I am a little blah with how the blog is going, it is sort of in a rut. Nobody likes to say things like that but it is true. Part of that is my survivalist/ preparation efforts are sort of in a rut. Maybe a rut isn't the best way to put it but I can't think of a better one. To some degree this is a product of my hard work. I have knocked out all of the 'low hanging fruit' of stashing a decent amount of food, water purification, buying some guns n ammo, etc. I've even hit some of the middle branches with a NOD and the Honda EU2000. However the higher rungs, specifically a paid off piece of land (even a small one) with a little cabin, which are really what will take our preparedness to the next level are still elusive. I work hard and make decent money but with a 1 income household the basics, a few modest luxuries and saving about 10% for the future account for every dollar that comes in. It is honestly really frustrating for me at this point.

The situation right now is that while my efforts to better prepare in our scenario will make us more comfortable they are reaching the point of diminishing returns due to the inherent risk of A) living around people and B) the lack of redundancy which comes with a bug out location. In a true worst case scenario well before we ran out of food or fuel we would likely have serious problems in the form of hungry neighbors.

There are some possibilities floating around and maybe one will work out in the next year or so. Hopefully one of the various possible options works, we get shit on by life enough so it would be great to have the dice roll in our favor for once. I am trying hard to be optimistic without getting too excited like I did awhile back which really sucked hard when that potential option fell apart.  OK, That is enough "poor, poor pitiful me." Onto the blog.

I have been thinking about doing a few things. These are ideas I am fairly certain would work in principle though I won't get into the details unless folks are interested. 

Things I am thinking about doing in no particular order:
-Politely asking for some sort of voluntary donations. This is like the radio in that folks can listen for free but it is a lot more like NPR (aside from the blatantly hypsterish and arguably communist overtones) in that the due to my (work IE the job that takes care of my family) constraints I am limited in who the blog can associate with or advertise for. However I might or might not sympathize with them I simply can not openly associate with or advertise for people who like numbers between 2.9  and 3.1% or  names similar to "Matriots", which greatly limits my readership and advertising opportunities and budget is pretty tight.

 I do not want to get into a bleging cycle at all; first because our household finances are, if not exciting, certainly stable and secondly because the idea of guilting a reader who may have a family and makes 25k a year to send me $20 every month for my internet bill, broken down car, mortgage or the excuse of the week is morally repugnant. We are not hurting for necessities in terms of money so really I could not complain very much.

-Will continue to think about it but I may ask readers who can afford it and enjoy the blog to donate some modest amount (Say between $12 and 24) of cash a year to offset costs and generally help my preparedness efforts.

-Setting up some sort of premium content type thing. This would be heavy on me sharing things that are within my personal and professional areas of expertise. It would be more A members only part of a/ the site or something. Maybe a newsletter that is published monthly for folks that subscribe. It might be a situation where folks can joint the site on a longer term deal for say 6 months or buy this months content stand alone in the form of a newsletter. I would have to figure out what sort of software/ programs are available to support either of these. It is important to note this would note take away from the content on the blog, it would just offer some high quality content to folks who want it. My rough idea of monthly price point would not exceed a fancy coffee drink or a tall draft beer at a neighborhood bar.

I would have to figure out the details but there would be some sort of a measurable (say 6 posts a month for 5 pages of content) deliverable to you but the bottom line is you would get a good bit of new quality content. I might post premium content on the blog down the road, especially if I am busy deployed or training, but it would be the exception to the rule and at least 60 days later. 

-Some sort of anthology or selected readings  from the blog. This might include old posts that are no longer available. Best of the blog type things along specific guide lines like 'survival guns', "self defense', rants, etc at a nominal price of a couple bucks are what I have in mind here.

-Consulting. If you have a question(s) that goes beyond a quick email or such. Specif topics could be home defense, personal security, self defense and general contingency type planning. If you wanted me to say, do an area defense assessment/ training session, I could do that if it was within reasonable driving distance from (whatever is) my current location. If you are further away we would have to deal with maps/ google maps images and talk over the phone. Not sure how to price this but it would factor in my time and (if applicable) costs of travel. Would do my absolute best to make this very reasonable for the customer as I want you to have the advantage of my experiences. If you came to me with a general goal and budget I would do my absolute best to make it work.

- Offering the blog as a venue for sales/ barter. Say you want to sell an AK and we have a bunch of readers who might want an AK. For a nominal fee (I dunno $5 or 10) I post your ad on the main page and it gets to a couple thousand readers. Could work out good for everybody.

Those are the ideas I am mulling around right now. Please let me know what you think of them.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Carry Update, Life and the Scenario: 1k Cache Challenge at T Blog

Over the past several years I have pretty regularly blogged once a day. Recently I have not felt the need to write if nothing strikes my fancy or I am busy. Part of that is spending more time on my own fitness and preparations and just not forcing it when I am busy. Also I'm trying to focus more on quality. Would rather do 2 good posts, a 'what did you do to prepare' and an 'around the web' than 1 good post, 2 slapped together ones and a random thought. Sure I'll post a link or a quote or a cute little story if one jumps out at me but I am not going to push to make it happen.

Late last night I looked and the last time I had posted was Sunday. OOPS!!!

The Kangaroo carry holster showed up. It arrived 4 days or so after my order in a nice package. I put it on and it was comfortable. However unfortunately it did not work for me. With the horizontal method of carry used in the Kangaroo carry system I had two choices. 1) The holster is ready to grasp but prints. Not a little bit but definitely prints. Given that my concept of use for this holster is deep concealment for legal but less than permissive environments that is obviously a problem. 2) It is adjustable, highly so, to carry the pistol further around ( more armpit than pectoral) the body but that makes it harder to draw. My flexibility in getting a hand that deep to my weak side in a hurry is bad. Basically for me, while set way back, the Kangaroo carry might conceal a pistol the draw is pushing sun dial range pretty hard to the point where ankle carry looks good and sprinting back to my glove box doesn't seem like such a bad option.

The service was good and it was a nice product. I will not speak ill of them or their wares but this holster but it does not seem to work for me. The owner of this company seems to have pistols vanish with the holster but I've probably got 40 or 50 pounds on him. Maybe it is a build thing. I'm a decent sized guy who lifts weights and could maybe stand to lose a couple of pounds. [Am working on it and making measurable progress. Have 10 or maybe 15 to go.] The point is it ain't working. Thankfully they have a very liberal return policy which I plan to exercise. Again I do not have anything bad to say about those folks or their products; it just didn't work for me and as always YMMV.

TEOTWAWKI Blog threw out the Scenario: 1k Cache. A very interesting prospect. My first thought was, well my operational cache would be a darn good option.. However after looking at it even with pretty outdated prices and poor arithmetic there is no way that is a 1k cache.

My second thought is this is a pretty well thought out scenario. The topic is totally valid.  Caches are an incredibly valid topic  far too often talked about but not acted on in preparedness oriented crowds.

I thought about this for a couple days. Alexander's take on his ideal 1k cache is worth looking at. I do not entirely agree but he is a lot closer to right than wrong, at least within that concept of use. As to the dollar amount at first I thought it was an arbitrary, if conveniently round, dollar amount. Upon consideration I realized it was, while still conveniently round, a very valid dollar amount.

The reason it is a very valid dollar amount is that it is an amount that is both attainable and on the other hand meaningful. A grand is a reasonably attainable dollar amount for most people that, given some planning, they could realistically free up for an important purpose to secure their well being. For all but the lowest income people with some planning a a grand could be put back for an important reason.

I am not for a second saying anybody is a bad person because they genuinely can't throw real money at a cache. A guy with a stay at home wife and a couple little ones making 25 or 30 k probably can't throw a grand at a cache. That family are trying to keep a roof over their heads and food in bellies. If they are right minded and preparing I'm sure they are doing the best they can to work on that.

A grand is enough to have some options but not enough to get into unrealistic for most and almost silly "I'll stash a bug out bag, a few cases of MRE's, a tent, a couple glocks, three AR's plus a few dozen ounces of gold ready to go in my jeep territory,"

Will talk more about the cache discussion tomorrow or maybe in a few days the way I have been going lately. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Emails and Comments May Not Be Answered Promptly

Posts are scheduled through the end of the year so do not fear a disruption on that front. However my monitoring of email and reading/ replying to comments may not be timely. We have some family holiday stuff going on and honestly I might just take a little break since this thing is on auto pilot for a bit more than a week.

Merry Christmas and I hope you all have some fun, wholesome stuff planned.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Crazy Week

You've had posts but not quite up to the normal standard. It's been a pretty crazy week at work. Next week things will go back to normal. Please bear with me on replying to comments or emails.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Go To The New Place

In life you have to leave the nest eventually and in honestly the blog has been been the relatively together guy with an OK job who still lives at home for a little too long. So today was move out day.

Please update links on your site(s), favorites preferences, etc all to reflect the new location. The blog will stay up and visible at the current location for a transitional period of maybe a month or so but please go to the new place.

I hope the transition is smooth but minor bumps in the road are almost inevitable. If you have any issues please let me know.

Happy top level URL day!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Suggesions for an Affordable Laptop

My laptop kicked the bucket last night. Need to replace it. Looking for a new one. As to criteria I am not a gamer but do stream a fair amount of media. Office would be nice but worst case ill download open office. We have historically used dells but the last couple sucked n it is almost as expensive to fix as just replace em so I am soliciting suggestions. I would like to spend around $300 at the top end.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Back On The Laptop

Hey All, Got my laptop back. Regular posting will resume shortly. Also we will finally finish up the fighting load contest. I've a few great entries left to show.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blog Roll Update

Bayou Renaissance Man Discussion of all things that meet Peter's interest. Through the years Hurricanes, friends and neighbors pulling localized security and folks Bugging Out to his place have led to some very interesting lessons learned.

My Adventures in Self Reliance Jamie has been doing some great stuff over the last couple years or so. Her blog was a regular read of mine for awhile that I lost contact with for reasons lost to time. In any case it's full of good stuff and a lot of ideas to get prepared on a tight budget.

Weapons Man is a retired SF weapons sergeant who talks guns, unconventional warfare and whatever else strikes his fancy. Some articles can be a bit historical and niche oriented like on say, an obscure flash hider used by Portugal on AR-180's in the early 70's but others are awesome.

Anyway the blog roll is updated.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Sentinel

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Our distribution is 1:00 PM, CST, give or take a shake - depending on if the delivery boy has had a proper breakfast and if his bike chain has run afoul, again.
Check out the Sentinel today.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fictional Possibilities

There may be some fiction coming to the blog. I have a reasonably formed idea that just might lend itself well to the blog format of short, semi regular type posts. The concept will sort of straddle some concepts for where our future may be going as well as serve as a useful venue to share ideas and lessons on a variety of preparedness and  guerrilla/ insurgency related topics.

Really wanted to start writing today. However I realized the smarter approach is to 'measure twice and cut once' instead of just cutting away hoping it will all work out. So instead of writing I tried to flesh out some stuff that should help down the road. Odds are like most plans it will not survive first contact but hopefully the process of developing a plan should be useful over the long run.

The first post/ chapter in the series might be as early as the next couple days or as late as next week. I hesitate to say what sort of frequency these posts will come at until there is a better idea what sort of time they take and if I enjoy writing them. Heck, I could suck at writing fiction and just scrap the whole thing after a few chapters.

So that's something new coming down the pipeline. Hopefully it will be fun for everyone.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Formatting Warning

Going to do some layout/ formatting stuff. Sorry in advance for any glitches or oddities in the next bit.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Couple New Blogs

 Max in Colorado Springs has been around for awhile but this is the first time I've seen it. He is a frequent commenter here and seems like a good dude.

Backup Disaster Recovery is a new site. Seems to be sort of an aggregator but it's a bit soon to tell exactly what it's going to be like.

Both are worth checking out if you have spots open on the ole internet reading list.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Over One MILLION Page Views!

Today the blog passed one million page views. This is a pretty big milestone for me. Coming into this with some useful skills helped. Also at the time things got going I had a lot of spare time which was very useful. If you can't work smart then working HARD is a decent alternative. Between my efforts and the help of some great bloggers like Jim Rawles of Survival Blog and Commander Zero and too many more to list things grew over time.

Over the last several years my life has changed a lot. Graduated college, married a great woman I totally do not deserve, went to "the dark side", learned so many things I don't know where to start, had a son and deployed again, this time to Afghanistan.

A lot of my growing up has been reflected in the blog. It may be a little less fun sometimes as rants are rare these days heck I can't remember the last time I cursed at somebody on here. However it is probably a more productive place in terms of helping people get prepared.

It has been a long, strange and wonderful trip.I have really enjoyed meeting some great people who happen to be really serious survivalists. Almost every day I learn something cool. I learn so much cool stuff from you guys that there is just no way to action it all. In a mess of word files and tables I have all sorts of ideas just waiting for time and money to action them. If you all have picked up half as much good info as I have then my job is being done well here.

At times like these it is good to look forward. Things are moving in the direction of gun stuff because firearms training is going to be a bigger part of my life for awhile. Food storage is where a lot of our money and a decent amount of our time is going. Being able to bring you all cool contests is something I enjoy and hope to keep doing better and better.

Well I am pretty happy about this. Back to normal posting tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Admin Note: RSS Feed

Hey All, If you want to follow our RSS feed here it is Feel free to put it on your site or whatever.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Linkeage Update

Updated the old Blog Roll to include
Combat Studies Group
Max Velocity Tactical
 Both of these guys have really added some value to the conversation recently and are worth checking out.

 Also My Family Survival Plan

 Seasoned Citizen Prepper is a site run by John Rourke of World Survival Online that deals specifically with issues for older folks which has value as we aren't getting any younger. I touched on some of these issues in a recent post.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Be Advised

I am  going to be on the road for the next few days traveling from the wonderful PNW to Arizona. Depending on if the flee bag reasonably prices motels I stay in has the web I might not be on few days. Posts are scheduled for this period. Once down there until I get established convenience and my schedule will dictate internet usage. So if it is a hassle or I am busy then I won't be on much. 

Don't worry that I got murdered by creepy mutants in the desert if I don't reply to an email for a week or maybe two. If you don't get a response in a week or two resend because it might have slipped through the proverbial cracks. Then if you don't hear anything maybe I did actually get murdered.

Anyway I wanted to let you all know.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Contact Request

Monsoon Matriarch, Please contact me via email @ I tried to email you but received a mailer demon notice.



Saturday, August 18, 2012

Shout Out to Bayou Rennaisance Man and Rethinking Survival

Thanks for the linkage. Check out Bayou Renaissance Man and Rethink Survival for some good stuff. Both will be added to the blog  roll as soon as I get motivated enough to update it.
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