Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Review: The Survivalist Blog

Survival Tips : The Survivalist Blog

As is typical with most 'advice lady' blogs, including the one you're currently reading, The Survivalist Blog (TSB) tries to be many things to many people; in that regard it both succeeds and fails, just as this one does.

If you are looking for general advice on food and water storage or the like, you stand a good chance of finding information on TSB that will help, and there is a goodly amount of that. However, if you want to know what chainsaw to buy or what the best pair of shoes is for hiking in the wilderness, you do yourself a disservice if you think that TSB, or any blog, for that matter, knows. it. all.

No one is an expert on everything.

When you need specific advice about a specific item, TSB or the blog you're reading [TBYAR? ; ) .] are lousy places to look for information. Seriously. If a blog writer hasn't eaten it, worn it, read it or used it, what do they know that you can't get better information from a specific site dedicated to the best PSHTF brassiere or bayonet?

One thing I noted on TSB is that the writer sometimes lets slide questionable practices: someone wanted to create a storage/fallout shelter without anyone (meaning the gov'mint) knowing about it using local day labor. This is not a good idea for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, if the questioner was deliberately trying to skirt the law (building regulations) they put themselves in danger of creating an unsafe space because...no one is an expert on everything. It's the building department's job to see that the building codes are followed, and if you have a problem with that, Google 'Turkey earthquakes' to see pictures of the result of a lax building code and equally lax enforcement thereof. Permits are a pain. A major, major, stressful pain, and I am speaking from current, ongoing experience. But they exist for safety reasons, and TSB ideally should have cautioned the questioner on that score.

That said, on a scale of one to ten I would give The Survivalist Blog a 7.5. That's pretty good, actually, since there are no perfect blogs; I've bookmarked thesurvivalistblog.net and visit it on a regular basis, which is usually my standard of how good a site is, and you should too.