Annie here, but I go by "Ink" (simply because "digital ink" is all most people ever see or know of me on the net).
I know of this site because I'm Yarrow Dreamer's housemate and Willem's friend.
I jumped in to posting in the population dynamics thread when I couldn't stay "shut-ed up" any more. I seem to be naturally drawn to the more cerebral debates about gender roles, economic collapse, and scientific theory... however, I know I'd get great value out of participating in the "how-to" threads about herbs and other living skills.
What I'm hoping to get from this site is to be helped further down the path toward my goals. For the immediate future, I'd like to have the following ready to go in case things go to shit real fast (not what I'm expecting, but I'd like to be prepared).
1) Get a place of refuge lined up for if times get hard quickly
2) Assess my survival knowledge.
3) Find other people that know stuff I don't about survival (either already at that refuge, or going to go there)
4) Have a plan to all get safely to the refuge.
Once I've got that in place, I can concentrate on more long-term goals that work for slower, more "degenerative" collapse.
1) Exit economic slavery gradually and gracefully
2) Co-purchase or buy shares in good land to set up thriving community (not just survivalism).
3) Bring with me people or go to place with people willing to set up village life.
4) Get a sustainable perma-culture and community system going (over a few years).
The second set of goals is FAR preferred to the first. I could totally see myself on some land near a national forest or BLM land somewhere in the NW (Willamette Valley, up to British Columbia). There would be a mix of near-by forest, streams, meadows and wetlands in which we could forage and foster life. There would be some gardening and domesticated animals, but no monoculture, and certainly not farming that's almost no different than a 9-5 job. If a crop or an animal needs I high level of care to survive and provide, it doesn't fit in.
That's about all I can think of right now. Talk to ya later!