November 2012 – Prepper Link
This month, the Featured Website of the Month is Prepper Link. Gary and Danny do a great job of providing preparedness content on a wide range of topics. They have been great friends to PW and I’m honored to have them share with you this month.
Summarize the focus and purpose of your website.– Prepper Link was created to provide a free means for preppers to meet one another and to serve as a resource for people interested in prepping and survival.
What made you decide to start a website? – Gary came up with the idea of designing a site where preppers could meet and organize into groups, using a social networking platform. They could create profiles, upload files, share knowledge and skills with one another, create questionnaires and then be able to search for others, using a number of different variables. I suppose this was the result of the desire to find others for our own group, which was becoming stagnant. We found that it was difficult to grow membership through traditional means, and it was difficult to maintain, using the website that we had. So—using the cliché—we’re not just the founders of Prepper Link, but members, too.
How long have you run your website? – Prepper Link was launched last June, so that makes it about six months.
How much time do you spend dedicated to your website? – At this time, because of my job, Gary is spending much more time than I am, and I’ve been in a secondary role. Since we both have full-time jobs, we’d like to shoot for 1-2 hours a day in the forums and responding to messages. When we have more free time, we can contribute more reviews and articles. We would both like to be able to eventually quit our other jobs and run Prepper Link full-time.
What is one thing you really like about your website? – The users. We’ve only been at it for a few months, but we’re on solid ground with a base of really smart & friendly contributing members who really make Prepper Link what it is. It has been a joy watching the website come alive with such good people creating a community in the forum, organizing groups and planning events.
What is one thing that you want to change about your website? – We’d really like to have a better mobile component, and are working on improving smart phone capability in the future.
Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows. – I’m pretty good with nunchucks. And I’ve seen pretty much every zombie movie ever made.
Other than your site, what is your favorite non-preparedness websites to visit? – I frequently visit IMDB, DC Sports Bog, The Drudge Report, The Blaze, and usccb.org, for daily biblical readings. I also have my quirky websites that I check weekly. A few of my favorites are: The Art of Manliness, woodpilereport.com and coolmaterial.com
Do you have anything (projects, special posts, redesign) in store for the future of your website? – We have many projects in the works. We’re constantly thinking of ways that we can better equip and inform our users. Gary has developed several apps that Prepper Link members can use to track their progress & supplies. And we’re putting together a bunch of printable guides and tools that can be of use in survival or grid-down situations. We’re also looking into community outreach and ways to introduce non-preppers into the prepping community.
What were the three books you last read? (Be honest). – Storm of Swords by George RR Martin, The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy by Strauss & Howe, and Whiskey: A Global History by Kevin R. Kosar
What would you like to say to readers at the Prepper Website? – Just to stay with it and keep up your preps. Don’t lose sight of your long-term goals toward self-sufficiency, and be free in sharing what you know with others. The more people who are prepared, the better off we’ll all be to weather the coming storm. And if you’re looking to meet other preppers, or start a group, feel free to visit Prepperlink.com—we’ll be glad to have you.
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