I just received my copy of a certain homesteading magazine. And I find myself mildly disappointed.
By no means am I the expert homesteader, I am still a novice at many things, and tend to relay on these magazines for not only help and tips, but inspiration. This time it fell flat. I realize, that possibly, I am at a different stage of homesteading now, but the articles presented to me where very beginner, all of them. There wasn't anything available for, let's call it, 2nd level homesteaders. The magazine seem to only be reissuing the same stories from a few years back. Then some of those articles of how-to's are not feasible in some areas of the country, like those counties with certain laws. One article ticked me off with it's misleading statements and inaccuracies. It's enough that one is willing to publisher their own magazine, one that does include different stages of learning.
And then there is the preachy feeling that the writers give off when discussing the environment and going green. I now skip the articles that say "going green" in title or description. Most the time these DIY project would not pass inspection. Once again something not feasible for most people because of laws.
There is also a trend of focusing the articles to the more social urban homesteader. Predominately seen in their frugality articles. Half the suggestions about how to save money makes me wonder, if you want to save money, just don't do those things. Like flying off to Hawaii? What? How many homesteaders do that yearly? When would we have the time? Who would care for the livestock?
I have also seen the trend in blogs. Money and importance comes from the suburbs, the urban, not from the country folks. So articles and posts start to change, to be more geared towards these type of people. Nothing wrong with it, but you do start to lose your country people. The ones that don't go to the opera or movies. The ones that couldn't get any greener because their lifestyles are already as green as possible without living in a cave, eating grasshoppers. But of course we are also the ones that don't have the money to keep magazines and blogs/websites going. We once again become less important because our status and will never raise above the suburban homesteader, or want-to-be steader. Nothing against suburban homesteaders at all, it is about the people that need us, yet look down their noses at us.
My subscription to the magazine has been canceled. Hey I just made myself a little greener. ~wry grin~ You get to a point in your life that you tire of being talked down to, being told you are less of a person because you are not as green, or as sophisticated as your townie counter parts.
Any of my fellow homesteaders, no matter the place you live, interested in creating our own e-zine? ~sigh~
I write here to remember what I have done, right and wrong. I also share my experiences so that hopefully others, no matter their social status, do not make those same mistakes.