In April of 2018 the SurvivalistBoards YouTube channel was renamed to RuralPrepper. Some of the viewers were asking why the name changed. So let’s take a few minutes and talk about it.
I have been into survivalism since at least the 1990s. Part of the way I was raised – hunting fishing,gardening… in the 1970s was the foundation for my survivalist plans. Granny had her milk cow, chickens, turkeys, fig tree, pear trees, etc. Dad would take my brother and I fishing and hunting as soon as we were old enough to go.
Dad also usually had some kind of garden planted. I remember one year we had enough purple hull peas to fill the bed of a pick up truck. I kid you not, the bed of a short wheel base chevy truck was full of purple hull peas.
My grandpa usually had a small backyard garden planted. He grew all kinds of stuff from cantaloupes to tomatoes.
Those examples influenced my prepping plans. When I decided to get into prepping as a young man in the 1990s, I had a solid foundation to start with.
Renaming SurvivalistBoards YouTube Channel
I have been thinking about renaming the channel for some time. Part of it had to do with political baggage, which we will talk about later.
The YouTube channel was named SurvivalistBoards because it was supposed to give the forum a face on YouTube. When the forum was first founded, a great deal of traffic came from YouTube. Now it seems few people on YouTube are forum members.
Another part of the channel rename is do to the way I prep. I live in a rural area 15 – 20 miles from the nearest town. When someone looks at my channel name, I thought Rural Prepper was a better description of the channel content.
In the next few weeks I am going to start on the fencing project. This is going to reform the content of the channel. There will be less stuff about bugging out, and more stuff about self-sufficiency.
The long term plan for the YouTube channel is more stuff about Presteading.
When the Survivalist Boards forum was founded, I never seriously considered the name PepperForum, or PrepperBoards.
Part of the rename had to do with YouTube cracking down on various channels, such as certain gun channels. I felt the name “Survivalist” could be problematic. Prepper has less political baggage than the word survivalist.
One of the worst things to ever happen to the survivalist community was Timothy McVeigh. When it came out he was a member of a “survivalist” group, everyone associated with that name”survivalist” was branded a terrorist.
I feel part of that stigma never went away.
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With YouTube cracking down on politically incorrect stuff, I felt it would be better to move away from the word survivalist and rename the channel with some kind of prepper name.
Since I live in a rural area, and want to use something with the name prepper in it, thus the name “RuralPrepper.”
Continue Supporting SurvivalistBoards Forum
My YouTube channel will continue to be a voice for the SurvivalistBoards forum.
I have no plans on opening another survival related forum.
I have a Country LifeStyle forum which the YouTube channel may tie into later on.