July – Backdoor Survival

The Website of the Month for July 2012 is Backdoor Survival.  Survival Woman, Gaye Levy, brings a common sense approach to survival and preparedness.  But she not only blogs on one website, she blogs over at Strategic-Living with her friend George and her posts often get picked up by some of the bigger alternative news sites.  Take a few minutes to read what she has to say and visit her site – Backdoor Survival.


1.  Summarize the focus and purpose of your website – Backdoor Survival is all about learning to survive and to cope in today’s uncertain world.

As world citizens, we are all facing unprecedented turmoil in terms of the economy, our planet, our relationships with our neighbors and our ability to sustain ourselves for both now and future generations.  In some small way, I hope that I can help ease the way with common sense tips and tools for creating a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle, regardless of the changes happening around us.


2.  What made you decide to start a website? – A lot of people ask me this question and the answer is always the same.  In 2009, I lost a substantial portion of my retirement savings as a result of the Wall Street meltdown.  I had done everything the proverbial “right” way: living modestly, saving my money, paying off my mortgage and dreaming about travel and leisure during the golden years.

As with many in my generation, I was caught in the trap set by sneaky politicians, greedy corporations, and bankster crooks.  Starting the blog was a catharsis and I felt if 50 people came to my site during the first year, it would be a success.


3.  How long have you run your website? – Backdoor Survival was started in late fall, 2010.


4.  How much time do you spend dedicated to your website? – More than I should?  Sorry to answer with a question but given that I also work during the day in my profession (accounting), I spend the wee hours of the morning and night researching my articles, testing products, and writing articles.  I have been meaning to keep track of the time but if I were to guess, I would say 20 hours a week.


5.  What is one thing you really like about your website? – That is an easy one: the people who share their thoughts and experiences with me.  I receive a lot of emails from readers – some young and just getting started in life, and others, well, let’s just say they are more mature.

As I read what they have to say, I am both humbled and thrilled that they have taken time out of their busy lives to follow my blog and also to write to me.  I am so blessed in that regard.


6.  What is one thing that you want to change about your website? – I wish I had more time to work on the “bones” of the site.  Not a lot of people know that early in my career I worked in the software industry and so I have a natural inclination to want to get my hands dirty behind the scenes.  I want to explore using a static front page with links to the most recent articles, more photos, a “best of” series, an area for free downloads (and I have a ton to share) and more.

Alas, all of that takes time so I choose instead to bring two new articles out a week plus, of course, the Sunday Survival Buzz which is hugely popular.


7.  Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows. – I am really quite ordinary, you know, so there is not much that no one else knows.  One thing that is not well known is that I met my husband, Shelly, on a blind date and we were engaged two days later.  He lived in another city and we only saw each other a few times before getting married six months later.  Oh – one more thing – we have been married 37 years.


8.  Other than your site, what is your favorite non-preparedness websites to visit? – Cripes – who has time?  Seriously though, I do most my shopping online if that counts.  Other than that, I don’t spend much time surfing other than the alternative news sites and Seattle’s KOMO news site.


9.  Do you have anything (projects, special posts, redesign) in store for the future of your website? – I touched upon some of this above but to tell the truth, a site re-design is pretty low on the priority list.  On the other hand, I have a lot of really good material that was written in the first six months of Backdoor Survival’s life.  I want to compile some of that material so that it can be re-published for my 2012 audience.

But the really big project, if you want to call it that, is that during the last two weeks if July, my pal George Ure will be visiting and we are going to spend three hours a day having a writing festival. One eBook to come out of that will be something that I can offer for free to my newsletter subscribers.  The tentative title is “Survival Woman Wants a Word With You” but don’t hold me to that.

BTW, if anyone wants to subscribe to my upcoming newsletter, they can sign up here:  CLICK HERE to sign up for the new Backdoor Survival Newsletter! .


10.  What were the three books you last read? (Be honest) – Do audiobooks count?  I don’t do much reading other than prepper and survival stuff.  The last two book ooks I read were “Without Rule of the Law” by Joe Nobody and Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François.  In addition, I just finished the audio book, 11th Hour by James Patterson.


11.  What would you like to say to readers at the Prepper Website? – The message I would like to pass on to your readers is that as bad as things may seem at the moment, we still have just a single life to live.  Prepping can become an obsession and all consuming to the exclusion of other things in life.  Just keep in mind that being happy and having fun are equally important to being prepared.  It is all about balance – and learning to live life with grace and optimism no matter what.

I would also like to thank you, Todd, for selecting my site as your Featured Website for the month of July.  The Prepper Website is a great place to head for one-stop shopping for news and information in the survival and self-sufficiency niche and I appreciate all of the hard work you put into keeping the web site current.

Also, I want to remind your readers that in addition to my new newsletter (which I hope to publish monthly), they can subscribe to my RSS feed by email so that they  can be notified when new articles are posted.  Here is link to receive Backdoor Survival Posts by Email.

With warm regards,

Gaye aka SurvivalWoman

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