Rebecca Blake

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Young millennial, proud Texan, permie newbie.
New Braunfels, TX, Zone 8b, multi-generational suburban homestead
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More often than not I believe niches are made too big rather than too small. So the issue of ‘can I come up with enough video ideas’ most likely won’t be too much a concern. Even if you can’t think of many now- each new idea in the future may produce another 2-4 other video ideas. Or perhaps what you think is one video should really be multiple.

I never did YouTube but I heard the optimal video is actually short bits, less than 5 minutes. If you go this route- one project easily becomes multiple videos.

I’m personally a long video watcher but I’m not really your average consumer either. But you can take that into matters, too. The niche isn’t just your topic but which audience you want. Maybe you prefer creating long videos less often rather than short videos often. This will appeal to a different subset of people.
1 week ago
Wow! Good job taking on such a project and coming to a satisfactory product :) I know that’s a huge deal- I took up podcasting for a short while last year and it was always so satisfying to see my collaborative episodes come out so well. (I only ever was disappointed with one)

I’m glad to see you were happy to take your time getting it done, and done well, rather than feeling the need to rush. I feel like that is the success to creating content online. Otherwise the urge to quit is greater. (I quit when covid hit and I just didn’t want to deal with the covid chaos and continue my online presence.)

As time progresses you’ll get faster in addition to already having previous content you can lean back on to make future productions quicker!
2 weeks ago

Andrew Welser wrote:Howdy all,

Newbie to Permies in south DFW. Wanting to get a garden started (and see what else is possible) in my suburban backyard.

Welcome Andrew! And happy New Year. 2021 will be a great year to get started with practicing permaculture in your yard.

I’m currently in a suburban yard, in the process of acquiring acreage. We started out with a vegetable garden last Spring and I’m looking to starting a food forest in the suburban plot this year (as we will probably have this house another 5 years still)

Our vegetable beds are raised- and being in Texas with hot hot summers I’m kind of wishing I had grown in the ground. But beware, suburban plots are most likely filled with just a bunch of gross clay dirt- so not the ideal growing situation. A raised bed is an easy way to bring in some good soil. Or if you want to play the long game- just keep adding amendments (compost, mulch, compost teas), maintain a crop all the time, and eventually the crappy suburban clay will turn to great, fertile humus soil.

If you do decide to bring in new soil it does NOT have to go in a raised bed, you can dig a ditch and put it in there. This will keep the bed from drying out so quick in July/August/September.

I do want to put a disclaimer, I’m still pretty new to this all but that’s what I’ve figured out thus far
2 weeks ago
I'm very interested to hear more about where you got the calculation for how much water you would need to hold for 3 months supply. You say 26,000L for a typical family of 4. (A little under 7,000G)
I have found multiple local resources that indicate a family of four would need to store WAY more water for a 3 month supply.
For example:

A water conserving household will use between 25 and 50 gallons per person per day. (Pg 33)

This same document later says:

The results of a study of 1,200 single family homes by the American Water Works Association in 1999 found that the average water conserving households used approximately 49.6 gallons per person per day. (Pg 33)


So if you have a family of four with each person using 50 gallons a day (a water conserving household, apparently, according to that document), you would need 6,000 gallons (~23,000L) just for a month's supply of water. Now, to store 3 months worth to get by dry periods you would need 18,000G (~68,000L)

You sound like you have helped countless families with their rainwater systems, so riddle me this... Why the disparity? This difference is HUGE. And of course it's creating a household battle here as we compete to find evidence of how much water a family REALLY needs. I'm inclined to believe it's way less than my other family members.

Are we, as Americans, just really THAT wasteful?
2 weeks ago

John C Daley wrote: Its interesting to read your opinion about poly tanks.
live in a similar climate, and have not had any issue with any of my 6 20,000L poly tanks.

BUT, I am open to facts.
Steel tanks were popular until Poly came along, but they do rust over time.

Are plastic tanks safe

Do you have a favorite resource you reference when discussing that poly tanks are indeed acceptable for rainwater storage?

I thought that was what this article was, but alas it was critical of the poly tanks. Much of what they said about the water bottles- particularly those really flimsy ones- I'm completely onboard with. Anyone who takes the time to pay attention can taste the plastic once it has been left in a hot car.
2 weeks ago

Fun fact, we do have a salamander that lives in the cavernous stone of the aquifer. Check out Texas Blind Salamander.

That's what I mean by critters living in the aquifer :) Ya, they're probably closer to the surface and not at the greatest depth of the aquifer, but they live in the caverns of the aquifer, still.
2 weeks ago
They should add on there:
"Using rainwater brings greater awareness of water consumption, leading to more water saved"

They say you can get a system for $8,000-$10,000 but much of what I have seen are people putting in huge tanks to, I assume, accommodate their unnecessarily high water consumption.
2 weeks ago

Andrea Locke wrote:INTP, here. In good company with Warf, Yoda, Hermione Granger and Sherlock Holmes. Possibly also Gandalf, although there seems to be some discussion of where he fits.

I’m an INTP and like Gandalf myself, so I declare he’s an INTP. Because you know, my word is the official authority.
1 month ago

Greg Martin wrote: Rebecca, I think you hit it on the head with innovations stemming from the dreamers.  I think every group is bringing something important to our society and the dreamers bring innovations like permaculture to the early adopters who then bring it to the larger group.  Here's the classic innovation diffusion model:

There are more evolved models too, which add things like a chasm that you have to get past to gain traction into the mainstream:

I think permaculture is in the early adopters stage and working towards or through the chasm right now (which I'm confident that we're going to succeed in jumping).

I had no idea these models existed! Very cool.

I’m curious, how do you think permaculture will make the jump from ‘scarcity’ to ‘social proof’ as is shown in second chart?
What’s your guess of how many % early adopters we have?

I definitely see how it is gaining traction, as I am new to permaculture (came due to Covid) but even then I have gotten 3 friends very excited about it! Perhaps it’s the times bringing us to permaculture. If that’s the case, now is better than ever to jump the chasm.
1 month ago
Wow! Looking at that population distribution chart (thanks for sharing!) I just can’t believe Permies are generally the least common personalities!

I wonder how this will direct the permaculture movement. If it is most appealing to a small percentage of the global population, how will we successfully go about spreading the message and passion for permaculture? Will we be stuck in only recruiting from this small group?

Or perhaps rather than a weakness, this is a strength. Surely almost all revolutionary ideas begin with the dreamers.

Or maybe it is not a matter to worry over at all, because our Permies sample is only measuring those who are attracted to Paul’s style of permaculture and may not accurately represent other permaculture followers who engage in other communities more.

Now, I’d be very interested to see if historical revolutionaries have been sparked by a certain personality type... no matter the nature of the revolution.
1 month ago