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Prepper Me


So awhile ago, I came across a website looking for writers.  I clicked the link to investigate.  It turned out to be a Prepper site.  You know… the end is nigh, prepare now to survive and so on.  I thought to myself, well, maybe I could write stuff like that.  After all, I did complete the A to Z Why La Yacata is the best place to survive whatever disaster series.  So I asked my blogging group.  Did they think I could write Prepper stuff?  And yep, the ladies convinced me that I definitely could.  So I applied.

Several days later, I received a response.  I was super excited.  After several emails back and forth, my trial topic posts were Cooking with Cast Iron Cookware and The Medicinal Use of Garlic which I was subsequently paid for and were published on the site.  Go ahead and check them out!  I’m pretty proud of them!

Bare OrganicsMe- I got accepted to write for that Preppersite. Son- Does that mean we have to move to a military compound- Me- No, but we need to get those zombie deterrents up.

Then I submitted several other topic ideas, including Lessons Learned from Mexico’s Recent Earthquakes, and received positive replies from the post coordinator, but no dockets to write any articles on the topics I submitted.

Well, I guess I’m not a Prepper after all.

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31 Day Writing Challenge

Right on the heels of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I accepted the 31-day writing challenge by WritersBra. I really liked the topics, however, knowing that daily blogging is WAY too time-consuming for me, I’ve decided to space this out AND include links to those items I’ve already done on my blog and links to those that will appear in the near future.  That may be bending the rules a bit, but there’s no sense reinventing the wheel.  In this post I will list the topics, linking them to qualifying posts scattered throughout my blog.

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Infographic, longer About Me page and the story behind the name Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters

I’ve combined the above three items into one page.  I made a nifty little infographic and added it to my About Us page.  On the infographic, you’ll find the quote that inspired my blog name.  I also went a few steps further and edited the About me pages on Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Book reviews

I recently have become an online book reviewer and have had the opportunity to review a number of books.  You can find the books I have reviewed on Surviving Mexico and those that are reviewed on other sites under the subheading Book Reviews.

My favorite quote and Why I blog

I have been asked about my favorite quote before.  I was nominated for the Brotherhood of the World Award by a fellow blogger in 2015.   In the responses, I also talk about why I blog.

The passions get me out of bed in the morning are inseparable from my current goals (blogging and otherwise).

In January I made some concrete resolutions.  I revisited them in June to provide an update on my progress.


In July I scheduled a contest for a free e-book.  Entrants must complete the 8 question quiz about Surviving Mexico’s media sites.  Everyone who answers all the questions correctly is entered into a drawing for a free e-book from the list of books I have reviewed. (See And the winner is…)

Expert guest post

I was the expert guest post on WritersBra in May 2017.  My blogging tips post (16 Blogging Tips to Help Your Blog Blossom and Grow) highlighted some ideas that can help you keep on blogging.  Each of the interviewees in my series was an expert in his or her own field.  (Modern Day Marias, Inspirational Women Writers in Mexico, Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading) I also started a new series written by Geneva on Southern Comfort Food Mexican Style.

Blogger’s bucket list

This is my first ever bucket list.  Twenty-two items that either I have already accomplished or am planning on achieving before retiring from blogging.

Quality affordable tools for blogging

I don’t often post about the process of blogging as that is not what my blog is about.  However, I have recently posted Failing at your own business–Blogging and Blogging Thingamajigs highlighting different tools that I have used in the writing of this blog.

Summarize other person’s work

In May, I took an Introduction to Permaculture class.  You can see the summary of my coursework here.

Publish ebook

I’ve been working on a series of ebooks about our adventures and disasters in Mexico.  But, did you know I have one already published?  Find out more here!

Publish post of most successful media posts

I received quite a bit of positive feedback from both the Modern Day Marias series and the Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading series, both from participants and readers.  I enjoyed compiling these series as well and hope to continue adding to them down the line.

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Build a mailing list/Offer free help/Favorite blogs about Mexico

All of these I did during the month of June.  I contacted many of the bloggers on my blogroll and asked if they would like to be featured on my blog.  If they were interested, I sent them a questionnaire and a badge with the link to their post when it was ready.  My hope was that a few of those who read their blogs would find my blog interesting, thus adding to my mailing list (followers). In the spirit of reciprocity, my readers would be encouraged to check out the featured blog and follow the ones that tickled their fancy.  It also gave me a way to display my blogroll around the topic of Blogs about Mexico.  See Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading.

Share my failures and successes

Creating a life is a hit or miss deal.  For me, there have been more misses than hits.  I wrote an entire series about Failing at your own business for you to learn from my mistakes.

Publish list of myths

There are all sorts of myths that relate to starting your own business.  Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge mentions and dismisses a number of them.  You can see my review here.

Publish hidden gems

Did you know that you are a hidden gem?  Read an earlier post about relative value and work.

Create a how-to guide

My posts are full of how-to type ideas.  In April I did a series on how to survive various disasters (mostly by moving to La Yacata) as my topic for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I hope you had a chance to read it!

Host an interview

In December, I hosted a series of interviews in Modern Day Marias.  In them, women who have moved to Mexico with their significant other told their stories.  They are really remarkable!

Write an inspiring/motivational post

I consider my post Learning Gratitude my most inspiring post.

Survey/Reader’s comments/Publish most popular blog comments/Answer comments personally

During the month of July, I had a Reader Survey open to gather some data on where I was going with my blog.  I posted the results in August.  I don’t have many reader’s comments, so instead, I shared the comments I received with the survey.

Handwrite a post /Thank you post

I added a handwritten thank you image to the Reader Survey Results post.

Share a secret

I have a secret hobby.  Nothing earth shattering mind you.  You can read about it, here.

There you have it, folks!  The links to my completed 31-Day Writing Challenge sponsored by WritersBra.  I think I’ll take a break from challenges for a bit.  Unless of course, you have a good challenge to share?




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And the winner is….

My first sponsored contest ended on Monday.  There were two winners, fittingly enough one from the US and one from Mexico, who won on the basis of being the two highest scorers on the Surviving Mexico social media “test.”  I’m still waiting to hear back from dangerks to send out your prize. Please check your inbox. 

Here are the answers to the “test.”

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Question #1–Where does Linkedin say that I am located?

Answer: Los Angeles, Guanajuato, Mexico

I know I don’t live there.  You know I don’t live there.  But for some reason, Linkedin insists that is where I live.  I’ve tried changing it, but to no avail.

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Question #2–How many boards do I have on Pinterest?

Answer: 39

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My most popular boards are Mexican Revolution, Women in Mexico and Mexican Food and Drink.

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Question #3–How many people am I following on Twitter?

Answer: 156 (although it seems I followed 2 people without knowing about it)

Twitter is not my favorite social media network.  The instant updates distract me, so I end of turning off my notifications and just checking in once a day when I do my Book of the Day tweet.

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Question #4–How many posts do I have on Instagram?

Answer: 535

I forgot I was running this contest and started posting again at the end of the month so the actual number is 538 posts.  Isn’t Mexico lovely?

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Question #5–What is the category of my Facebook page?

Answer: Local & Travel Website

The category was selected by the process of elimination.  I am not featuring famous people, nor am I running a business, so tourist page it is.

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Question #6–How many classifications do I have in the About section on Tumblr?

Answer: 10

My presence on Tumblr has been a struggle for me. Maybe if I post more boob shots?   

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Question #7–How many drop down menus do I have at the top of my WordPress site?

Answer: 5

As of right now, I have 4.  Amazon suddenly stopped offering its astore option and so I just deleted it from my header.  


And there we have it, folks.  Miss Fabi chose Dizzy in Durango as her free ebook.  Congratulations Miss Fabi!  Thank you for participating and stay tuned for another contest in 2018! 



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Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading–IamKaren23


Karen Z. Hendin writes at Iamkaren23, a blog I’ve been following for awhile now.

What brought you to Mexico?

I initially came to teach ESL.

What was the inspiration behind your blog name?

A simple name…………iamkaren23………..23 is my birthday

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

The area and topics vary according to where I am living and what that particular place has to offer. I am currently in Mazatlan so the focus is primarily on what is happening there. I also write the occasional blog that may be more thought provoking, such as why my son calls me a nomad or where do I actually call home. I occasionally write about family.

Why do you blog?  

Originally I started blogging once I moved away from Canada so that my friends could have some insight as to my life in Mexico. However I’ve met a lot of people in my travels in Mexico, and they have now become my readers as well.

What is your favorite blog post?   

That’s a hard one. Some of the posts I’ve written about my family referring to events like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?

Probably the posts about what I do and why I do what I do. A lot of people just don’t understand my way of life.

What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

My first year in Mexico I taught in Culiacan. I became friends with another teacher and he and his wife and all their extended family adopted me. Their kids call me abuelita (grandma).

What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

The worst experience was moving to Irapuato to teach. The school flew me down there, but then changed all the rules about hours, job description, etc. once I got there. They didn’t help with my work visa as promised and no promised healthcare was ever arranged. Needless to say, I didn’t stay long at that school.

What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

Do your research. If possible, travel around and scout out the area where you want to be. Every city is different. The climate varies. The insects vary. If you’re offered a job, check it out carefully.

If you are no longer in Mexico, do you plan on returning?  

I’m currently on vacation visiting a friend in the USA for the summer. But I’ll be back in Mexico in the fall. I plan to stay in Mexico indefinitely.

Where do you see your blog going?  

Right now I’m leaving it the way it is. I’m focusing more now on writing a novel.


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