Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

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Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by absinthe beginner » Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:12 pm

It seems like prepper fatigue, or maybe a degree of complacency, set in after the last election. Now it seems like events in Virginia, among other things, are giving new impetus to existing preppers, and causing more newbies to take stock of their ability to ride out a storm. Anecdotally, I'm hearing more people talking about 2020 with a sense of anxiety, though as far as I can tell that hasn't translated into most of them actually taking concrete action to be more prepared/resilient. Would like to hear other ZH posters' thoughts and observations on the matter, especially newbies to the prepping scene.

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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by woodsghost » Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:36 pm

Just a quick response:

I think some people relaxed after the last US election. Others got started around that time. North Korea was looking bad. Some other issues had people concerned.

Prepping can be a way of coping with mental illness (anxiety, stress, dissociation, etc), and that is not a good reason to prep. But prepping can be another form of insurance, and that, I think, is wise. One's life should not be run by fear, but by joy.

I'm striving at this time to live focused on my family. I have issues which concern me, but I'm trying not to let them rule me. Some days my concerns get the best of me.

I think the future will continue to have reasons to prep. But I think the most successful will have a good attitude towards prepping. I expect prepping to continue to ebb and flow.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by RoneKiln » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:36 pm

I think some small pockets of people will see a resurgence of prepping, and thanks to "internet silos," they'll think it's a larger phenomena than it is. I'm confident there won't be a true widespread resurgence unless there's a significant economic crash.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by MPMalloy » Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:05 am

RoneKiln wrote:
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I think some small pockets of people will see a resurgence of prepping, and thanks to "internet silos," they'll think it's a larger phenomena than it is. I'm confident there won't be a true widespread resurgence unless there's a significant economic crash.
I'd agree with "true, widespread part. I've been following the VA thing, and I'm still surprised at all the hype that gets invented out of thin air by people on this one Google-thing. I did find a couple of channels that were debunking the worst of it, with notes and references. Naming names, whole ‭8.307692307692308‬ meters.

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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by absinthe beginner » Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:24 pm

Woodsghost said: Prepping can be a way of coping with mental illness (anxiety, stress, dissociation, etc), and that is not a good reason to prep. But prepping can be another form of insurance, and that, I think, is wise. One's life should not be run by fear, but by joy.
Anxiety and stress can be completely rational responses to the current uncertainties and threats we face. I think it's probably more the case that people are reacting to a full spectrum of possible threats or dangers by making reasonable, prudent preparations, within their modest means, to mitigate the risk. At least that's the case with most of the very few preppers I know personally. I would call them concerned and fearful, but do not think they are mentally ill. And under the circumstances, joy might be in short supply. I'm largely unplugged from the prepper movement, such as it is, so have no idea if it's growing, shrinking, or staying about the same. Anecdotally, some of my work colleagues have expressed concerns about what's happening in Virginia with the 2A issues, but no one seems unduly alarmed or is taking steps (as far as I know) to get more prepared. I think concerns about a Civil War 2 are overblown, as I don't know a single person, regardless of political affiliation, who wants any part of such a conflict, despite the bombast and fear-mongering from Keyboard Commandos.

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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by Evan the Diplomat » Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:30 pm

absinthe beginner wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:12 pm
Now it seems like events in Virginia, among other things, are giving new impetus to existing preppers, and causing more newbies to take stock of their ability to ride out a storm.
There have been no disasters in Virginia, natural or otherwise, in the last three months.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by RoneKiln » Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:57 am

woodsghost wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:36 pm
Prepping can be a way of coping with mental illness (anxiety, stress, dissociation, etc), and that is not a good reason to prep. But prepping can be another form of insurance, and that, I think, is wise. One's life should not be run by fear, but by joy.
Money may not bring happiness, but the lack of money sure causes unhappiness, anxiety, and magnifies the symptoms of many mental illnesses. I think prepping can be taken too far as a coping mechanism, or it can be an effective part of a comprehensive plan to help someone feel safe and stable.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by JeeperCreeper » Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:23 am

I think it will flow... Then ebb.... Then flow...

Elections are always scary for half the population. I dunno if it will hit the "hey day" of Doomsday preppers and Walking Dead popularity of the 2010's... But I bet there will be some small spikes of interest.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by moab » Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:51 pm

I think if we had a forum title other than "zombie" we'd be seeing a lot more involvement on here about prepping. Most of the other prepping forums are either too religious or just full of people that think they know everything about the outdoors but really don't. Or sites that are solely dedicated to outdoor pursuits and not prepping.

I think a lot of this forums popularity came from the Walking Dead etc. etc. I guess it's up to us to make it different.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by woodsghost » Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:00 pm

moab wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:51 pm
I think if we had a forum title other than "zombie" we'd be seeing a lot more involvement on here about prepping. Most of the other prepping forums are either too religious or just full of people that think they know everything about the outdoors but really don't. Or sites that are solely dedicated to outdoor pursuits and not prepping.

I think a lot of this forums popularity came from the Walking Dead etc. etc. I guess it's up to us to make it different.
Since you brought it up, I do think we should change the name.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by JeeperCreeper » Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:17 pm

woodsghost wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:00 pm
moab wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:51 pm
I think if we had a forum title other than "zombie" we'd be seeing a lot more involvement on here about prepping. Most of the other prepping forums are either too religious or just full of people that think they know everything about the outdoors but really don't. Or sites that are solely dedicated to outdoor pursuits and not prepping.

I think a lot of this forums popularity came from the Walking Dead etc. etc. I guess it's up to us to make it different.
Since you brought it up, I do think we should change the name.
I could get behind that. I think we should have a subtitle.

Like "the original Zombie Squad". So really it just makes it more searchable.

The new title will need pretty universal and timeless. Tough to do...

And we'd need to make sure the old members can still find their way back if the address changes.

Actually... I dunno how easy or complicated it is to do
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by moab » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:24 am

JeeperCreeper wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:17 pm
woodsghost wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:00 pm
moab wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:51 pm
I think if we had a forum title other than "zombie" we'd be seeing a lot more involvement on here about prepping. Most of the other prepping forums are either too religious or just full of people that think they know everything about the outdoors but really don't. Or sites that are solely dedicated to outdoor pursuits and not prepping.

I think a lot of this forums popularity came from the Walking Dead etc. etc. I guess it's up to us to make it different.
Since you brought it up, I do think we should change the name.
I could get behind that. I think we should have a subtitle.

Like "the original Zombie Squad". So really it just makes it more searchable.

The new title will need pretty universal and timeless. Tough to do...

And we'd need to make sure the old members can still find their way back if the address changes.

Actually... I dunno how easy or complicated it is to do
Can't they just keep this domain and a new one. And just forward the original domain to the new one?
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by JeeperCreeper » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:46 am

moab wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:24 am
JeeperCreeper wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:17 pm
woodsghost wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:00 pm
moab wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:51 pm
I think if we had a forum title other than "zombie" we'd be seeing a lot more involvement on here about prepping. Most of the other prepping forums are either too religious or just full of people that think they know everything about the outdoors but really don't. Or sites that are solely dedicated to outdoor pursuits and not prepping.

I think a lot of this forums popularity came from the Walking Dead etc. etc. I guess it's up to us to make it different.
Since you brought it up, I do think we should change the name.
I could get behind that. I think we should have a subtitle.

Like "the original Zombie Squad". So really it just makes it more searchable.

The new title will need pretty universal and timeless. Tough to do...

And we'd need to make sure the old members can still find their way back if the address changes.

Actually... I dunno how easy or complicated it is to do
Can't they just keep this domain and a new one. And just forward the original domain to the new one?
I would think... but I also know nothing about interweb set up
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by boskone » Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:31 am

JeeperCreeper wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:46 am
moab wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:24 am
JeeperCreeper wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:17 pm
woodsghost wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:00 pm


Since you brought it up, I do think we should change the name.
I could get behind that. I think we should have a subtitle.

Like "the original Zombie Squad". So really it just makes it more searchable.

The new title will need pretty universal and timeless. Tough to do...

And we'd need to make sure the old members can still find their way back if the address changes.

Actually... I dunno how easy or complicated it is to do
Can't they just keep this domain and a new one. And just forward the original domain to the new one?
I would think... but I also know nothing about interweb set up
They could; it'd be easy. Webpages shouldn't be too hard, if they ever get rebuilt. I couldn't find a way--despite a solid 15 seconds of searching--to change the phpBB header based on referring domain.

Coming up with a good name, convincing a mod to kick it upstairs, and convincing the staff of this little asylum it's a useful idea might be harder.

If y'all are serious about a less, er, "loaded" name a new thread might be in order.

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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by absinthe beginner » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:34 am

Moab said: I think if we had a forum title other than "zombie" we'd be seeing a lot more involvement on here about prepping.
I'm just fine with the current name. It's tongue in check, which I think attracts a different set of people than the often grim and politically dogmatic bunch that gravitate toward most prepper sites.

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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by moab » Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:56 am

I can start a new thread. If anyone else wants me too.

We shouldn't give up the word Zombie. Like someone mentioned a subtitle or something like that in the name. Or simply use both site names. The original forwarding to the new named site.

It would be refreshing to here from the owners - just one time - and see what their intentions are with the forum. It seems all but abandoned at this point. From an owners perspective.

I'd be more than willing to donate some time and money to this. As I'm sure others would be too.

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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by TacAir » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:12 pm

"What is in a name? A rose is still a rose..."

Zombie Squad has both a history and at least in the past, a good rep for solid prepping data. Not so much of late.

To change the name would be to lose that. I hang out on several boards. I visit here now. So, as noted earlier, the ebb and flow has this site at full ebb tide and still dropping.

My nickels worth of input FWIW.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by moab » Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:19 pm

TacAir wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:12 pm
"What is in a name? A rose is still a rose..."

Zombie Squad has both a history and at least in the past, a good rep for solid prepping data. Not so much of late.

To change the name would be to lose that. I hang out on several boards. I visit here now. So, as noted earlier, the ebb and flow has this site at full ebb tide and still dropping.

My nickels worth of input FWIW.
I think that's our fear. That it's gonna die a slow death. Because of a name that harkened back to the days of a Zombie movie and tv series bloat.

In all honesty, we could keep the name and continue to improve if it had owners that weren't completely absentee. I have no idea who they are. And I've been on here 8 or 9 years? I'd much prefer present owners to a name change.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by MPMalloy » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:58 pm

moab wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:19 pm
I'd much prefer present owners to a name change.
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by JeeperCreeper » Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:04 pm

Yeah..... Y'all right.

I can't think of anything fun and witty better than Zombie Squad. Plus, the ZS logo is badass
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by majorhavoc » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:46 pm

It'll all be worth it someday if someone, anyone, recognizes the Zombie Squad logo and vehicle number on my motorcycle.

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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by TacAir » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:01 pm

As I post this, the board reports
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on another board, prepping related, I see this :
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by RoneKiln » Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:26 pm

I think the biggest hurdle this board has is the front main page having been shut down for so long.

Being smaller is not necessarily bad. We tend to push out a lot of trash talkers that thrive on some other boards I've seen. It's why this is the only one I'm still active on. It was by far the best quality one that I found back then (it's been years since I looked at other ones now).
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Re: Will Prepping Get a Second Wind in 2020?

Post by darmstrong » Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:04 pm

I love the name of this site and I find the information on this site some of the best. I follow this site regularly and reddit r/preppers pretty regularly. I'm mostly lurking on here and not logged in. I still find that a lot of google searches I make include information from here.
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