There were several reasons I set this site up;
- I’d accepted my political work was not going to change anything and I was wasting my time. I wanted to do something consructive
- I wanted to pass on the knowledge I’d learnt from my experience
- I wanted to help our UK preppers as most things were US biased and there is a big difference
- I wanted to meet and cooperate with like minded people
- I wanted to learn from others
So, I created Survival UK and so far I’ve being doing OK. I’ve a nice little community here with a variety of experience and skill sets all communicating and passing along information.
So I supply regular data updates, access to a forum so you had discuss anything prepping related and thus you can increase your knowledge and, by having a go, experience. If this is sufficient for you then you can continue doing this without any issues.
Some of us have also taken advantage and arranged a few meets among ourselves. This is one area though that we need to take a bit more responsability. Recent experience has shown that when a meet is set up many people don’t bother turning up. It seems that there is a hard core of a few people that turn up to a general meet that has been arranged. One on one meets have nearly 100% success rate. For me anyway as I am prepared to travel. I have met a few people from these forums ove the years. Every one has been interesting in one way or another. I’ve learnt a lot about people and what motivates them to prepare. Most people are friendly and helpful.
I don’t know if it is the first contact or the fact they are meeting new people. It takes all sorts to be preppers and some of us are more than comfortable meeting new people some are not. They say they are and in reality would like to meet others but not people they see as ‘loud’ and ‘forward’ for want of better words. The people who are organising and attending these meets are all confident with their own abilities.
However, this doesn’t mean that those people less confident can’t meet. This is one of the ways you gain confidence anyway. This is the reason I make it so easy to link up with others. Send people that sound similar to yourself PMs and make contact on-line. Eventually you can move to the real world and meet up to build relationships, either based around location or similarities.
If you want to squeeze the most of this site you need to participate. Doing some of the tasks we talk about is a must, you have to gain experience beore you need to do these things for real as well as arranging for simple meetings to simply talk.
I’m not someone who has to meet people. I do enjoy meeting people to talk about things. Particularly when they now more than me about topics. That is where I learn or meet people who can do what I can’t.
The people I meet at these RVs are people with a purpose. They want to learn and meet like minded people to share knowledge and build relationships that could help them in the future.
Arrange your own RVs with people you think are like minded. People you think you can trust from their writings. This may help you in the future.
From now on I’m going to continue to meet people one on one. To build up relationships then invite those with common interests to RVs to discuss those interests or to provide experiences around those interests. Perhaps training courses on specific subject requested or offered by people. Some of these may get offered to others.
Join in. Arrange your own RVs and attend those arranged by others. It will cost you time, money and effort but you will find it worth it if you choose your RVs wisely. Just don’t say you are going if you have no intention of going as it is annoying for thosemaking the arrangements and uncourteous.
Remember all of us have a common purpose in mind. Working together we will be stronger.