Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I was serious about becoming more active here again. In the past two days, though; looking around the world and the web, I haven't been hit by anything I thought made sense to place here.
There's no shortage of news, idiocies, absurdities, and horrors, of course. It's just that I'm not at all fond of "small talk", and I don't watch horror movies for entertainment.
We all have enough blather to wade through daily; and enough unavoidable awfulness. I'd rather you came here for something useful.
And, I do want to maintain this assemblage of interesting folks; I appreciate your faithfulness; and we all need all the friends we can find.
So- I have two slight changes to this blog to announce today. Both designed to make me write more; and hopefully provide you (and others) with something useful.
I'm going to start writing "reviews" - of specific products. And I've launched the process to "monetize" the blog; i.e. Google will start placing ads in the sidebar.
Hey, I can use the pennies- and it will increase my motivation to write, just a tad.
And- one of the things I've discovered, in my long forays into off-grid, sustainable, self reliance, and resilience is; it's incredibly difficult to get good advice about this technology or that.
It's incredibly easy to find "advice" - and enthusiastic reviews, of almost anything. And often conflicting negatives. Sorting those out, however; is a bear.
What is lacking; I think; is what I can offer; long experience. I'll only be writing about stuff I've done- for a long time, under may circumstances. Ergo- I think I may actually have a clue as to how it will work out for other folks.
I even know where I'm going to start- with a rat trap. Sharon, over on Casaubon's Book, recently mentioned that she (of all people!) has rats in her poultry building; and is struggling with the problem. (At least, I have a definite memory of her saying that - last fall. I can't find the post... but... I have a clear picture of the surrounding text... of course, I do occasionally remember as fact things I only dreamed... um, Sharon?)
If I only dreamed that Sharon has rats, I have an excuse. I had rats. In the poultry house we overwinter guineas and chickens in. We had them for a year... and I struggled to get rid of them. But notice; I now use the past tense. We had rats. I actually managed to eradicate them. It wasn't easy; and a specific trap was a part of the solution.
Sounds trivial- but it was a major disaster; and it's quite a common one. If you intend to keep poultry- you WILL have to deal with rats some day. If you don't- they'll not only eat your feed; and gnaw the cages to bits; they'll eat the eggs, and eat any chicks. Making it all a waste of time; and very expensive.
So. I intend to write reviews in very serious detail; with experiences on the subject over weeks, months, and when possible years. As you've likely noticed, a huge number of enthusiastic "back to the land" advice articles start out with; "We got our new (expensive whatever) a whole week ago- and we LOVE it! You must get one/them too! You'll get rich; just like us!" And you never hear from them again. I hope to avoid that.
I've taken the first steps; applied to Google. When that's all in place- you'll find out everything I know about rats.
Just one teaser/hint; I figure we saved at least $80 on cat food, feeding dead (non-toxic) rats to our cat mommas last summer...