When it comes to the blogosphere there always seems to be a group of blogs, like individuals, that stand out from the crowd and provide great content and a lot of influence. In the survival and preparedness community this is no exception.
In this list I share the top 10 most influential survival and preparedness blogs. Although this may be my list, I did not pick these randomly. I used a number of factors in determining their “influence”: Google PageRank, number of incoming links, traffic, blog comments/discussions, and Alexa Rank as well as “that special something” (very scientific, I know).
Well, without further ado, here are The Top 10 Most Influential Survival and Preparedness Blogs:
Starting out the list we have The Survival Mom. Although she caters to the matriarch of the family, Lisa Bedford (aka “The Survival Mom”) has plenty of tips and advice that are great for women and men alike.
With a wide range of articles related to survival and preparedness, consistent updates, and a number of fantastic guest posters, The Survival Mom will have you coming back for more.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Although it is promoted as a survival-gear review site, The Survival Cache has such a great number of articles on preparedness and survival that brings it to our number 9 spot within the top 10 blogs.
Given their diverse background (former SEALs and Marines, scientists, hardcore preppers and more) the guys over at The Survival Cache have a boat-load of experience to draw upon — and they use that experience to write excellent gear reviews and articles related to survival and preparedness.
Here are some of my favorites:
Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre is unique in the sense that he has lived it (and is still living it). Easily pulling in our number 8 spot, Surviving in Argentina is about one man’s experience in a post economic-collapsed country and how he has had to adapt to the challenges and changes that came about. His insights provide a great model whereby many North Americans (and Europeans) can prepare for an impending economic collapse on their own soil.
Here are a number of great reads from Ferfal’s blog:
If you’ve been a regular reader here at Tactical Intelligence .NET then you’d know the importance I place on adding wilderness survival skills to your “survival portfolio”. Even if you live and exclusively roam around in a purely urban environment, the core principles you come to understand through practicing wilderness survival will translate and apply to an urban setting.
One of the best sites out there related to wilderness survival skills, and number 7 in our list, is Ron Fontaine’s Survival Topics. Instead of just regurgitating things found in survival books, Ron follows a very similar approach that I do in that he practices and talks about things that he tries/uses/experiments with personally.
Here are some of my favorites articles from the Survival Topics site:
Our number 6 goes out to Rourke’s Modern Survival Online, which aims to teach and inform the average person about how to prepare for difficult times ahead. With the understanding that not everyone has the funds to build and stock a “survival retreat”, Modern Survival Online’s hope is to help the every-day person become better prepared.
Besides the great articles that Rourke puts out, he also has the best (I haven’t found one better yet) free survival resources page — everything from weapons and communications to medical and gardening. All free and all fantastic.
Here is a great collection of articles from the Modern Survival Online:
Teaching not only the “how’s” but the “why’s” of emergency preparedness, our number 5 spot (no pun intended) — Survival Spot — is dedicated entirely to the practice and philosophy of survival.
William Atkin runs a great blog with plenty of articles, videos and DIYs on topics ranging from wilderness survival to homesteading.
Here are some great examples:
Number 4 in our top 10 list goes out to TheSurvivalistBlog.net.
M.D. Creekmore’s TheSurvivalistBlog has an interesting backstory that makes it unique in the blogosphere. M.D. left the rat-race, bought two acres of land off grid for $2,000 and parked a 26 foot travel trailer on it where he lives full-time. Since M.D. lives what he writes, his articles provide many insights and advice that are rarely found in other survival blogs.
TheSurvivalistBlog has so many fantastic articles it’s hard to narrow them down to four. Here are some of my all-time favorites:
Although not specifically a written blog per se (there are some articles), number 3 on the list goes out to The Survivalist Podcast, an excellent “audio-blog” for all things survival.
Jack Spirko, who runs The Survival Podcast, provides a daily online audio program that focuses on modern survival concepts and philosophy. Some of what he teaches are skills such as gardening and permaculture, food storage techniques, alternative investing strategies, keeping small livestock, home energy production, food preservation, and creating individual liberty.
An excellent resource and well worth your time.
For number 2 and our runner-up we have SHTFPlan.com. Mac Slavo’s SHTFPlan covers a host of topics that include preparedness planning, investing, geo-politics and self reliance. You won’t be disappointed with the daily dose of information, lively discussions (via the comments section) and eye-opening articles.
Here’s just a sample:
James Rawles’ Survival Blog is probably the best known blog dealing with survival and preparedness topics on the web — and for good reason. As our number 1 spot on the top 10 list, The Survival Blog has a wealth of information with a large amount of the articles coming from guest writers. This allows many “experts” to voice their experience and skills over a wide range of topics that no one person could do by themselves.
Given the thousands of articles, it would take you weeks just to make a dent in them.
Here’s just a sampling: