Not too long ago, we pulled the Survival Pulse website offline in an attempt to combat the censorship on the net in a way we felt would work. Instead, we replaced the website with a newsletter. Emailing you directly meant we could have access to you no matter what happened: Facebook algorithm changes, Twitter burying our posts, even disappearing from Google and Yahoo! search results (if it ever came to that, unlikely though it is).
The issue with the newsletter: while we were happy with being able to reach individuals no matter what happened on the net, the newsletter didn’t quite fit the Survival Pulse community.
Many still preferred the website version over the email list, which we were made aware of through the contact emails and through the open line of communication we left in the form of an anonymous-response Google Docs form.
Even new Survival Pulse subscribers we recruited to our newsletter sometimes asked for a web version of the newsletter.
In theory, the newsletter worked. In practicality – not so much.
And so, after all these months, the website version of Survival Pulse is back – with a face lift and a few key differences.
With the previous version of the website, you had to wait for us to publish our news updates. If you had to go to bed at 11 PM and we published at 1 AM, you’d have to wait until the next day to get the news you were after. And if we were late, which happened at times, you might end up waiting until 1 AM for an update, only to realize the post was going to come later, which would no doubt be a bit of a let down.
Also, we would post our news updates around 5-6 times a week, but if we were busy, scaled back to 3-4, meaning those who wanted to check in more frequently were often left with nothing to browse through in the meantime.
These things we always disliked about our old system, but didn’t really know how to change.
Well it’s different now. Survival Pulse news is now pushed out around-the-clock. You can scan through the site whatever time in the day you want – even multiple times within the same day – and chances are every time you look, you’ll see something new.
Right now you can only see news posts in the survival & prepper community from the past 24 hours, but if there’s interest, I’ll look into working on a way for you to scan through older posts. If it’s not that important, I may instead go the category route, and have different pages for homesteading links, alternative news, first aid, security, or whatever categories are interesting to you guys. Again, all depends on what you want because there’s no point in me doing something that no one’s interested in. If it’s not useful – our time would be better spent doing things that are useful to you.
Take a peek at the website and let me know what you think. Have any recommendations/requests? Drop a line in the comments down below.
Tim V says
One key advantage of the email for me was that it arrived in my inbox without me having to go to a site each time. Will the new site have an RSS feed for links so I can subscribe to it?
Elise Xavier says
Just emailed you the link to the RSS feed. We won’t be publicizing it as it wasn’t too popular last time ’round, but if anyone wants it, let me know and I’ll email it to you, too!