Happy Halloween! This is an oldie but a goodie, first published Halloween 2011. Since the Zombie Apocalypse is inevitable, I thought to publish it again. Because, you know, we all have to practice our survival techniques!
When the Zombie Apocalypse hits, electricity will certainly be a luxury sacrificed, much less the internet. So how will blogging help you survive? When it happens, you won’t be able to Google what to do. It’s not just a matter of what to do in the event the Zombie Apocalypse happens, it’s your willingness to forge ahead into unknown territory.
In the event the human race gets outnumbered by actual Zombies, power grids shut down, governments collapse… and we’re in a rag tag crew that miraculously includes a doctor or nurse, a cop, a criminal, a selfish princess, and some other cliche how will being a blogger help?
1. Bloggers Think Fast
You write a post every day, go to events and give feedback right on the spot. You know how to assess the situation and relay it in a snappy way. Just think how you’ll able to find out which hospitals are swarmed with Zombies and how quickly you’ll be able to get the news back to your survivor crew in less than 140 characters. You’ll be the one who will be able figure out what you need from the abandoned mall, considering how much time spent shopping online, you’ll know all the products out there!
2. Bloggers are Skilled Networkers
As a blogger, you are already accustomed to finding the most random people (other bloggers in your niche), and figuring out how you can partner to form mutually beneficial relationships. Whether it’s making blog buddies, to negotiating big contracts with brands, you’re able to find who you need to find and work out a relationship that works for both of you.
That will be essential, as I’m pretty sure, being holed up in your apartment when Zombies break out won’t keep you safe for long. So your role in your survivor rag-tag crew will be along the lines of finding other groups and finding more resources.
3. Bloggers are Great Hustlers
While there are some bloggers raking in the big bucks, most of us are hustling to make ends meet. You need a new web design, but can’t tell Helvetica apart from Comic Sans, but you can take the best photos in town? Barter! You know what to do. Even with a monetary system in place, bloggers are great at negotiating in the barter system… when the economy collapses, you’ll know exactly when someone is hustling you… and how you can hustle to get the most for your limited resources.
4. Bloggers are Jacks of All Trades
Bloggers have to wear a lot of hats. They’re writers, marketers, designers, photographers, stylists, art directors, videographers, business people, you name it, if you’re a blogger, chances are you have had to dip your feet into some weird thing you didn’t go to college for, and who goes to college for killing Zombies? Since blogging is such a new industry, you probably have had to develop skills you learned out of your own initiative, not by waiting for someone to teach you. Your very openness to trying out new things you never have done before and learn it to some degree of proficiency will be your saving grace.
Never killed a Zombie before? No worries, let’s try it out! Don’t know how to farm? You’ll find out how to get that corn growing. Don’t know how to set a broken arm? Well.. might leave that to the doctor.
Bloggers have a lot to offer in the Zombie Apocalypse
When you find your survivor crew (hopefully with your loved ones) and they ask you what you did before the Apocalypse, and you say “blogger” you won’t be a disappointment. You’ll be the star of the group! Bloggers have a lot to offer, not as much in the things we type but the way we are.
Photo by Nando Alvarez