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Tidbit: Media and Prepping

While I have a definite format for the initial set up of this blog, there are periodically other things I'd like to discuss, little bits of wisdom I stumble across and want to share, but that don't necessarily fit in to where we're at. From now on I will list them under the label "Tidbits" for your searching pleasure.

I'd like to discuss media and prepping. There's a lot of bullshit out there and there's some hidden gems. Hopefully we've reached a point where you feel like you've at least got some direction and objectives. The most important thing to remember is that you are the best judge of your needs and abilities. Look to others for advice and out of the box ideas.

This is the point that I seriously started watching survival shows as study material. Don't get me wrong, you can't learn to be a survivalist from tv or youtube, but you can get ideas, find mistakes, and learn new concepts. Example. All survival kit lists have some sort of fishing gear. Let me be the first to say, I'm a terrible freaking fisherwoman. Like, serious suckage. But, I added that fishing crap to my gear cuz... well, I guess I'd learn. EEEERRRRRHHT! WRONG! I was watching a survival show and the person brought a gill net. WTF!?!?! I had no clue what a gill net was. I looked it up. I watched some videos. My BOB now has a gill net.

You don't know what you don't know til you finally know it.

Watching these shows can also show you common errors. You see people use up their energy too quickly by not pacing themselves. I've seen multiple people drop their magnesium fire starters in the fire or lose their fire rods. I've also learned some common herbs and seen how they work, or learned food sources that I'd been unaware of. There is lots to learn if you pay attention.

Pinterest is an amazing source of information. There's a billion prepper lists. I tend to scan these for smart new ideas and quickly discard when I see nothing noteworthy. Sometimes I see things that seem to be bad ideas. That said, there's a ton of info on everything from food preservation, to medicinal herbals, to shelter building. Use all the resources you can and apply your own common sense to it. If it doesn't fit you and your situation, or environment, or ability, discard and move on.

There is no one out there to tell you how to do it right for you. Not me. Not the biggest names in the survival game. Just you, and you will figure it out thru trial and error. My ultimate goal for this blog is to give you a plethora of options to choose from in hopes that informed decisions might reduce your errors.

As of yet, I haven't gotten a whole lot of feed back, so I have no idea if all this is helpful or not. Comments are always welcome. Questions as well. Here or in chat. Let me know where I can help you. If I don't know the answer, I'll research it. I'm eager to learn too.

Til later!

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