I’ve been asked over the last few weeks while I’ve had very little time to work on these sites why I bother to do any work at all on them. I make no money, I invest my time on the upkeep and my own money on the hosting and get nothing tangible in return. So why do I do it?
First of all I have been prepping for a very long time. All my information was gathered from US sites and although gun orientated the advice was good and the people, in general, were helpful. The sort of people you would like if you met them and I built up some good friendships. Then I got married and although I kept prepping I reduced my time with my contacts until I had lost contact with them all. Family and kids cam first.
Many, many moons later I got divorced and started to rebuild my contacts, all of my US contacts were long gone with obsolete email addresses and usenames. I then tried to make contact with some of the old UK scene and the same problem occured. My contacts were zero. I still had all my books, plenty of files and the knowledge I had built up. Now coupled with my experience I was in a much better position than I was all those years ago. I thought I would share that knowledge and help new starters seeing the state of the country and the decline in our society.
I then looked around and I couldn’t find any UK sites, plenty of US sites but no UK ones. At the time I hadn’t looked that hard as there was a couple out there and I missed them. I’m clearly not the world’s best Googler. So I decided to set up my own and help UK people prepare for what may come. Taking data from US sites and converting to UK requirements and creating brand new content specifically for the UK. So leaving my political ranting behind I set up Survival UK, purchasing the domain names and designing the site format. Planning ahead to include a forum, a file repository and a shop.
It has now grown so that I have nearly a thousand regular readers of this site, ironically more since I reduced posting, and 260 registered users of the forum.
I’m not just sharing the information that I have but I’m learning from the calibre of the people on here many of whom I have met in my travels around the UK. I’ve made some good contacts, people whom I could trust and build relationships with. People are helping me with the site in various ways including several significant contributions and things are looking OK. My starting criterion is that nobody abuses anyone else, and so far that hasn’t really happened and the users contribute and share what they know if they can. All in all things are going according to plan, just quite a way behind my estimates and that is down to the time I intended to spend on here but didn’t. I’m still comfortable though because I’m passing back to the community and enabling a group bigger than any individual part. Between us we can solve anything.
That is why I do it and I’ll keep going while it is a positive influence to so many people. As work releases it’s grip I’ll spend more time writing and contributing and next up is the long delayed file store and a few more visits to preppers.
One thing that is different on this site is the number of regulars who contribute compared to those that just read. The ratio is much lower than is usual for web sites and I’ve always wondered why. I can only conclude that it is because we are supplying the information in an easily readable format and the readers don’t need to ask questions because the regulars do. That they are still learning and feel there is nothing new to add or they feel that adding nothing is a waste. After all reading any of the regular sites most comments don’t add to the debate. Regardless of your reasons I hope you get what you want and as I’ve said before feel free to email me if you have any questions. Don’t be shy we all started with a thought we should do something and no idea where to start. We are here to help all who are looking to prepare for anything the future holds for us.