May 2013 – Michael

The May 2013 Featured Website of the Month is  I can’t remember how I exactly hit Michael’s site.  Two things that kept me coming back were his faith and his passion for living off-off-grid.  He doesn’t hold anything back in either.  Outside of his site, his books are really great too.  Take some time to read his responses to the Featured Website of the Month questions, then visit his site and read some of the reviews of his books on Amazon.

Summarize the focus and purpose of your website. is a clearing house of updates and information on everything that I’m doing, writing, creating, etc.  We post original articles on Beyond Off-Grid Living (living with no grid or alternative power at all,) along with updates about my non-fiction and fiction books, and original articles about anything at all!

What made you decide to start a website?

I originally started well over a dozen years ago when I was writing, preaching, and teaching and traveling the country and the world as a place for readers and listeners to come and get information and updates.

How long have you run your website?

I’d have to guess but I think I’ve had for over 13 years.

How much time do you spend dedicated to your website?

I work with my website on and off throughout every day.  I’m a full-time author so I’m able to check the site, answer comments, and post content throughout the day.

What is one thing you really like about your website?

It comes from a point of view that you won’t find elsewhere on the Internet.  Not many plain, off-grid, separatist agrarian writers are posting information and articles to the Internet.

What is one thing that you want to change about your website?

I would love to have it be more interactive so that many more people can participate, but with Facebook and Twitter, most people have their hands full with social media and it makes it hard to provide such an interface that isn’t redundant.

Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows.

That will be very difficult since I have lived my life in public for 15 years.  Most people do not know that I am actually shy, reserved, and that I hate conflict.

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

Because I am an author I spend a lot of time on Amazon and assorted other Amazon publishing sites.

Do you have anything (projects, special posts, redesign) in store for the future of your website?

We are working on a complete redesign of so that it will be more “magazine-like” and easier to find good information.

What were the three books you last read? (Be honest).

That is another difficult question today.  Do we mean “e-books” or physical books?  Because I am an author I read a lot of short stories and other works for review for other authors.  For myself, I read Ernie Cline’s “Ready Player One”, “Hemingway’s Paris: Our Paris” by H.R. Stoneback, and “Strictly Analog” by Richard Levesque.  The last three works I read were short stories: “Poetry from the Silo” by Thomas Robbins, “The Last Prayer” by Lyn Perry, and “The Sky used to be Blue” by Patrice Fitzgerald.

What would you like to say to readers at the Prepper Website?

I’d like to just encourage everyone to keep educating yourself, keep reading, and keep learning more about the nature and reasons behind preparedness.  Don’t be satisfied that storing up consumer goods is good enough for preparation.  We need skills, know-how, and a good philosophy, along with a life that is tending more towards production and less towards consumption in order to truly survive what must surely come to pass.


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