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Preparing Your Family – The 2011 Outlook and Forecast

I didn’t do this last year because I was on extended blogging hiatus at the time, but this year to kick off 2011 I want to share my goals and plans for the blog and related ventures with all of you.

Hopefully this will not only add some accountability partners for me but just by making some of these commitments and plans public I’ll be more inclined to stick with it.  Unlike the whole ‘New Years Resolution’ thing that most people fail at 😉

Anyhow, with no further ado…

Weekly Newsletters

I plan on publishing weekly newsletters to my Preparedness Tips Mailing List.  I think these will go out every Monday, but don’t hold me to that schedule yet.

The logic behind this is pretty straight forward.  I have a ton of stuff that I find in the news, or on other blogs, that I’d like to provide extended commentary on, but are maybe not 100% relevant to what I may be talking about here on the website.  I find that when this happens, I make a note to share it later on when the time is right, and, well, it never is.

So I’m going to leverage a newsletter for that, as well as to provide some other content that can only be found on the newsletter itself.  If this sounds interesting, make sure you’re subscribed to my Preparedness Tips mailing list.  If you’re not, you can click here to learn how to subscribe.

Three Solid Content Posts Each Week

When I first started blogging, I was churning out 2k-4k word posts every day.  Let me tell you, that was a huge amount of effort.  I think that part of my hiatus was related to burnout from trying to keep that schedule.

On the flip side, I feel like since coming back I’ve been a bit sporadic at times.  So I’m going to target three solid content posts each week, not including things like blog updates, contest updates, etc.  These probably won’t be 4,000 word tomes each time, but they’ll be solid pieces.

As you may have noticed, I tend to write more verbose posts and articles as opposed to the shorter post style that quite a few people like.  I’ve tried mixing some of the short stuff in over the last few months, but I don’t really feel like that is right for me.  So while you may see some of the shorter articles, I’ll still target three solid pieces each week in addition to those.

One Contest Every Month

I got great feedback from quite a few of you about the contest I ran for the Backyard Food Production Systems DVD course.  That feedback was pretty much all “That was great, how about more?”

Well, I like that idea, so I’m going to try to run one contest or give away every month.  Sometimes I get review products from people with physical products or training courses, etc, and I like to give those away after I review them.  Other times I may have something else to give away, you never know!

If you have a product that you’d like to submit for a give away or contest, and get a review out of the deal as well, let me know via email…

Rudy’s Going To Try Podcasting

One thing I’ve enjoyed from a couple of other folks on the Internet are the podcasts that they produce.  I’ll have a full on post talking about the podcasts I enjoy, and why I like them soon.

That said, I’m going to try producing a podcast of my own.  Not sure about the schedule yet, and I know it’ll be a while before the quality is up to snuff, but I think it’s another way for me to help everyone I possibly can.  There’s plenty of folks out there that may not enjoy reading about preparedness, and this is just another way for me to reach more people and help get more people prepared for anything.

If you have any ideas on topics, guests to interview, etc, send me email!

Rudy’s Going To Be More Edgy

I felt somewhat convicted by a post that Fernando over at Surviving in Argentina made about how some blogs and websites play it too safe.  While I don’t think that I really fit what he’s talking about, it made me think about how much of my more … controversial … opinions and feelings I share vs how many I don’t.

The net result is that I’ll be sharing more of those opinions and feelings.  On the one hand, you’ll get an even more authentic picture of who I am and how I think.  On the other hand, I can guarantee that I’ll be a bit … offputting to some of you, and that may mean losing readership.

But that’s a chance I’m going to take.  I feel that being more transparent will be better for all of us in the long run.  I hope I’m right!

You’ll See More “Inside Baseball”

On a more personal note, 2011 looks to be a pretty major year of change and shifting priorities for the Kearney family.  I intend to provide you all with a bit of an ‘inside view’ on some of the major preparedness related initiatives that we’ll be undertaking.

I’ll talk about both the decision making and logic behind some of these things, as well as documenting the actual execution of these plans.  I’m not 100% comfortable with some of this, since I worry that it may be sharing a bit too much, but we’ll see how it goes!

In the spirit of this section though, you’ll see a post in the next few days about some of the major transition points and decisions that we have to make this year.  Should be good stuff 😉

I Need YOU For Preparing Your Family!

There are a couple of things that I want to ask you for, as a loyal or even as a new reader.  None of them are too major and I will be very thankful for any assistance that I get from you guys.

Guest Posts and Post Ideas

As you’ve seen over the past few months, I like to post articles from other people as well as the ones I write.  I know that I have strong opinions about many things, but my opinions aren’t the only ones that matter, and yours matter too!  Not only that, but I’m certainly not an expert in all areas of preparedness and survival.

So I’d love for you to submit guest posts if you have anything interesting to write about, or even if you just want to write an extended comment.  If you have a website of your own, I’d be happy to provide a link over to your site as part of the post.  I do these guest posts occasionally for other websites, and it’s really quite a bit of fun!

While I have plenty of ideas rattling around in this old head of mine, I’d love to hear from YOU what you want to hear about.  This could be something you’re curious about, or even something you know will be a problem for you and you don’t know how to deal with it.  Send me the idea, and we’ll see what I can do.

Quite  a few of the posts I’ve written have been as a direct result of a question someone has emailed me.  Why not have a whole article written about your question?

Links and Publicity

Any website thrives on its visitors, and Preparing Your Family is no different.  And just like most people that run websites, I love getting new visitors and making connections with other website owners.

So in the spirit of ‘Do Unto Others’ I’m going to resurrect my old Blog of the Week feature, albeit a bit differently.  It will be my way of sharing blogs and websites with you and exposing you to other preparedness and survival information sources.  Like I said before, I certainly don’t have a corner on the knowledge market … there’s plenty of folks out there that know more than I do!

If you have a website or blog you’d like me to look at as a possible ‘Blog of the Week’ feature, email me the URL.  I’d certainly appreciate a mention of this site to your readership, but that’s not a necessity.

As far as publicity goes, I know for a fact, based on the feedback I’ve gotten from you, that quite a few of my articles and posts are quite useful to you.  I’d really appreciate it if you could pass on the love when I write something that touches you specifically.

This could be a re-tweet on Twitter, a ‘Like’ on Facebook, emailing your friends about the post, posting on a relevant forum, or really just about anything.  You might even consider submitting that article to some of your other favorite bloggers or writers (I know I’m your absolute favorite, but I don’t think I’d complain too much if you sent a link over to Jim Rawles or someone like that)

Wrapping Up

Well, this post got really long.  Way longer than I intended it to be.  I didn’t even cover some of the other new announcements I have.  That’ll have to come later.

Thanks for reading, thanks for participating, and here’s to a happy and successful 2011 for you and yours.

Rudy

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5 Responses to Preparing Your Family – The 2011 Outlook and Forecast

  1. Looking forward to visiting your blog in 2011.

    Good luck on the Podcast – will be interesting to see how that turns out.

    Take care –

    Rourke

  2. I am looking forward to learning more and applying it to our every day life.

    Thanks for all you do, I know it can not be easy.