October 2013 – Archer Garrett

This month, the Featured Website of the Month is not necessarily just a website.  Archer Garrett is an author and also runs The Independent, which focuses on self-reliance and The Sentinel, which focuses more on politics.  He is also very active on Twitter and of course a prepper.


Summarize the focus and purpose of your website.The Independent is an aggregator of Self-Reliance, Homesteading and Survival Sites.  We automatically link to posts from over 2 dozen sites and then select post from another dozen or so.  The purpose of the site is to compile and present the wealth of information that is posted daily throughout our community in a way that is simple and accessible to our readers.

We also have an Editorial Page where we feature authors, bloggers, and others from within our community.  Posts on the Editorial Page run as headlines for a day or two and are meant to spotlight folks that have something to offer the community.  If you run a site, or have written a book, or whatever, give me shout.  Maybe we can feature you on the site.

What made you decide to start a website? –  I visit a lot of the sites I link to, so this is just as much of a service to myself as it is to everyone else. Now, instead of perusing bookmarks, I can scan the stories on my site and click through if I find one that interests me.  It’s a time saver.

How long have you run your website? –  Started it in July 2013.

How much time do you spend dedicated to your website? –  The platform pretty much runs itself.  I check an RSS feeder every morning for articles to select post and also take suggestions from readers.  If you send me a link that is pertinent to the site’s theme, there’s a good chance I’ll post it.

What is one thing you really like about your website? –  The amount of content the site’s platform is able to provide automatically makes my life easier and keeps the site running smoothly.  If this wasn’t the case, the Independent wouldn’t exist.  I wouldn’t have time to compile it all on my own.

What is one thing that you want to change about your website? –  The platform is simple, but at the same time, very rigid in what I can and can’t do.  I’ve voiced these concerns to paper.li.  Hopefully they’ll give editors more control over their sites in the future.

Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows. –  My wife’s little brother is about 10 or so.  Every time we visit them, I have to ride his razor.  Seriously, it’s like playing Russian Roulette, but good gawd it’s fun.  You wouldn’t believe how fast one of those things will go.  And once you start down that hill, there ain’t no stopping.  Just a word to the wise, avoid potholes on those things like the plague.

Ya’ know, they might not be that bad an addition to your get-home kit.  Though, I imagine skooting home with a service pistol on your hip and a ruck on your back might be a rather odd scene…

Other than your site, what is your favorite non-preparedness websites to visit?

Most visited:  Drudge

Most enjoyable read: According to Hoyt

Sites I love, but are updated only occasionally:  SFIACW and DVM

Do you have anything (projects, special posts, redesign) in store for the future of your website? –  I’m always scheming on something:

Check in often, you never know who I’ll be interviewing next.  Also, stop by the Sentinel, a similar site of mine with a political theme.

It’s not necessarily related to the site, but I’m currently writing the next book in the Western Front series.  I hope to have the Border Marches out soon.  Through sheer luck and timing, Todd wound up with a sorta-cameo in the book.  I’m currently fighting the urge not to off him in some cruel and unusual manner 😉

What were the three books you last read? (Be honest) –  Other than proofing my own:

Hidden Order, Brad Thor

The Bible (currently in Job, working my way to the end)

Ball Book of Home Preserving

What would you like to say to readers at the Prepper Website? – Todd does a great service to our little community, be sure to let him know you appreciate all of his hard work.



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