Living in Troubled Times.
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."
Just glad to have you back on-line again. Missed you a ton.
I'm not on as much as I used to be, but I'm working up to it.
Frankly, most of the magazines don't impress me; I DO enjoy your blog, though.
Gorges, I've been at this since 1986, full bore. So the truth is, there isn't much in the magazines that I haven't read similar articles on. However, it does happen that once in a blue moon, somebody will come up with something that causes me to change my procedures or implement some new facet of prior planning. Also, I keep them indexed so if I want to research an issue, it's easy to do. I know I could do it less expensively on the net, but then the net may go away at some point in the future and the paper magazines may be more important. Then there's the fact that I wrote a number of articles for Jim Benson and his "modern survival guide" when it was still extant. I'm always thinking I'll write some more and so I stay abreast of potential publishers, but I never actually do any writing. Keeps me thinking, though.
I scan the magazines every time I visit the super market. I buy one on occasion, but for the most part I think they tend to lift their articles from the Survival Blogs.
It's hard to come up with new material for survival magazines. Used to be, there was American Survival Guide and that was it. But then National Geographic television started "Doomsday Preppers" and it was off to the races. Now , dedicated as I am to reading the magazines, I can't keep up with all of them.Most of the magazines I read have to use fillers to make an edition for lack of survival related articles. So you see a lot of hand to hand combat "training" articles, which I consider a supreme waste of time and even dangerous if anyone is gullible enough to think they can learn a martial art without a trainer or teacher.I do like the gear reviews, and some of the best books I have, I originally learned about from magazines.
While I enjoy the occasional survival magazine, the ratio of new info to dollars spent is low. I really have to look them over carefully to justify buying one. Besides, it's a long drive to the nearest store with any sort of magazine selection.
All the things you mention are absolutely true. I got addicted to survival magazines back when Tappen was the the Guru of the community, and have never broken the habit. I like to look at the advertisements, too to keep up with what's out there. I get some of mine over Kindle now, and subscribe to others , but there are still some I pick up in town. Gives me an excuse to go in and putter around if nothing else.