Notes from JWR:

The stats are in, showing the tremendous growth of SurvivalBlog ‘s readership in the past six years:

  • Unique visits in December, 2005: 42,482
  • Unique visits in December, 2006: 107,089
  • Unique visits in December, 2007: 218,931
  • Unique visits in December, 2008: 507,176
  • Unique visits in December, 2009: 837,727
  • Unique visits in December, 2010: 1,101,755
  • Unique visits in December, 2011: 1,336,959

We have had consistent growth of around 30% per year! While I expect our web stats to start to plateau, 37 million unique visits have been logged, and we have readers in 190 countries. The blog is also ranked in Alexa’s Top 5,000 web sites in the U.S. and in the Top 30,000, worldwide (out of about 200 million sites.)

Thanks for making SurvivalBlog such a huge success, with a larger readership than the most of the other well-known preparedness blogs. Please keep spreading the word, by adding links to SurvivalBlog in your web pages and e-mail footers. Thanks!

Today we present another entry for Round 39 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand, B.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795, and C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $350 value.) D.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from (a $275 value), and E.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo.

Second Prize: A.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol. It is a $439 value courtesy of Next Level Training. B.) A FloJak F-50 hand well pump (a $349 value), courtesy of C.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $300, D.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials, and E.) two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of (a $180 value) and F.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 from JRH Enterprises (a $200 value).

Third Prize: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21. (This filter system is a $275 value.), B.) Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy. This is a $185 retail value, C.) A Commence Fire! emergency stove with three tinder refill kits. (A $160 value.), and D.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security.

Round 38 ends on February 29th, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and articles that relate practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.