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Reality Blog: It’s Time to Get Ready for the Cloud!.Dear Wealthy Web Writers,

Wait until you hear what happened in this writer’s life …

A loud banging at my front door made us jump out of our skins. A police offer was standing there with a rifle and asked permission to have access to our backyard.

I assumed he was going to walk around the side of the house, but he marched through our hallway and out the back kitchen patio doors. He slunk up to a fence and peered through the slats.

I didn’t need this. I had a project due that day. How could I simply go back to the keyboard and ignore what was happening in my own home?

The officer had told us to stay on the opposite side of the house to the fence he was at.

Of course we didn’t. We kept sneaking peeks out of every window at any angle to see what we could see. Several police officers were milling about on the street. Police cars were lined up and down both curbs. Traffic was blocked further up the road.

My daughter had to leave for her afternoon class and I would be left with the two grandchildren alone. She kept delaying … and I’m so grateful for that.

A short while later, another loud knock. All the surrounding houses were being evacuated!

I swooped up my two-year-old granddaughter while her mother grabbed her seven-year-old’s hand. And out the door we went. Walking down the street we passed an approaching unmarked van that stopped to spill out a team of khaki-colored uniformed “special forces.”

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Marianne Foscarini

Helps Christian business owners improve their online presence and increase their customer base and profits through online/website/SEO content marketing and social media presence

11 Comments

  • Hi Marianne,

    Woah! I have to admit I was scared for you (and your family) when I started reading this. I’m very glad it all turned out okay!! Also – great article (great lead!) and great advice!!

    Best,
    Christina

    • Yes, it was scary at the time, Christina. You just don’t know what’s going to happen. Makes me celebrate each morning 🙂 Thanks for your kind words.

  • I started using Dropbox a couple of years ago and that’s still all I use. Perhaps I will look into Google Drive, Google Chrome, and others. And yes, there is tremendous peace of mind knowing you can access your work when normal means become thwarted. Thanks for the article!

    • Thanks, Tina. Dropbox is another good option. If someone doesn’t wish to use an online software for bookkeeping, it can store spreadsheets for your financial records. One reason I like Google Drive is that I can easily upload PDF files on to my mini-iPad. It literally takes seconds to do so using WiFi. Then I can read while traveling or waiting in line. Google Chrome has so many great apps and extensions. You can take fast screen shots, even of long landing pages. Not all are practical, but when you find ones that suit you, they make life so much more efficient.

  • Woah! Loads of drama there, but excellent lessons learned! Thanks so much for sharing.

    I’m a huge fan of Google docs myself. The only thing, though, is that I heard that if anyone learns the URL of your document, they can see it, regardless if you set it to private or not.

    Recently, I’ve been slowly but surely backing up my stuff on MediaFire.com. I used to use the free version a number of years ago and now I just purchased a $25 a year package for a whole bunch of storage. It allows you to provide links to others so they can download the files you want them to have access to, in their original forms. They can handle audio and video files too.

    • Hi Denise, I guess it’s possible that some people have accessed Google Doc files if they knew the URL, but I suspect that their settings weren’t set properly. I guess we’ll have to ask the Myth Busters to test it. 🙂 Here’s an article from HowStuffWorks.com http://tinyurl.com/nqljucn that might shed some light. Also, for FireFox fans, here’s an Add-on that might make people feel more secure using Google Docs.

      Thank you for the MediaFire.com information. $25/year is a great price to feel secure. So many great tools out there, aren’t there!

  • Glad you and the family are ok, Marianne! I started moving all my mission-critical information to the cloud when we moved to Panama. Now that we’re back in the US, I continue to move more and more to the cloud. I even go so far as to back up my backups, using two different cloud services. Some might think it’s overkill, but it’s my livelihood and I do what I can to protect it.

    Cheers,
    Susanna

    • Two cloud services … good idea, Susanna. I don’t think it’s overkill at all 🙂 I do have a portable hard drive that I also backup important files. But again, it’s in the house and could be damaged in a fire or whatever. I should consider a second cloud storage.

      Thank!
      Marianne

  • Hi Marianne,

    Wow … scary … especially as it was close to the events that happened at the War Memorial in Ottawa. Really makes you think!

    I’ve started to use Google Drive a bit, but this is a topic I definitely have to lean in to a bit more!

    Thanks for the info!

    And, glad everything turned out okay!

    Cheers and thanks,

    Jim.

    • Hi Jim,

      It’s true, isn’t it Jim? You just don’t know what will happen from day to day. Cloud storage is here to stay.

      I was thinking of you during the War Memorial attack.

      Glad you’re okay, too.
      Marianne

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