Blogging and social media

Updated: Jul 17, 2018




Preppers focus on individual, family or small group prepping/survival plans. In the 'offline' world, their preps, plans and identity as preppers are usually fiercely guarded secrets due to the need to preserve OPSEC (operation security), and to enable them to maintain 'grey man' status in the event of a SHTF situation.


In contrast, however, there is a vast online or virtual community of preppers connected through blogs, online discussion boards, facebook groups, YouTube videos, twitter links to blog posts, online newsletters. There seems to be a friendly culture of sharing information, supporting people who are new to prepping, testing and recommending products (sometimes with Amazon affiliate links) and general mutual encouragement. In online discussion boards, participants interact under pseudonyms, but never-the-less, seem to get to 'know' other frequent contributors. Comment sections in blogs and on YouTube videos are also under pseudonyms. However, bloggers will appear in photos and videos on their blogs, sometimes use their real name (it seems). They do a lot of 'labour' for the prepping community, particularly for new preppers, in posting material, answering comments and queries, physically testing equipment in more or less arduous ways, and sharing openly their preps and opinions. Presumably, friends, colleagues and acquaintances must come across their blogs from time to time - what issues does this cause?


We are interested in this labour, why someone might decide to start a prepping blog, what the day-today issues and time commitment is, what problems and responsibilities come with it, and in what ways it is enjoyed. How does it really connect with 'offline' prepping?


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