I regret to inform you that Technical Blogging will be on hold for a good while due to tragic personal circumstances.
On the evening of Thursday, October 13, 2016, an 18 year old girl having a domestic dispute with her mother allegedly set her own house on fire. The fire spread quickly to the whole fourplex, which included our townhome. (The girl has since been arrested by the police.)
My wife and I managed to rescue our dog, Annie, in the process. She came close to dying, but she is doing okay and is expected to recover.
Despite trying for several minutes in black acrid smoke, we simply couldn’t find our beloved cat of 8 years, Stella, anywhere in the house and she is sadly presumed dead in the fire.
We lost everything we owned as the flames fully engulfed and gutted our home. It took firefighters the whole night to subdue the flames and smoke. In a twist of irony, this went down on our 12th wedding anniversary. Not how we expected to celebrate it.
My large collection of programming, computer science, business, photography, outdoors, and math books went up in flames. Including copies of my own two books.
As well as high-end electronics, laptops, passports, and everything else. I made it out with my wallet, phone, and car keys only. My wife lost everything too, including countless irreplaceable items as well as her business, in the process.
Unfortunately, due to the extreme circumstances I’m forced to put this blog and others on a temporary, potentially long hiatus, as I focus on slowly rebuilding our lives.
The only silver lining is that we’ve received an incredible amount of support from family, friends, colleagues, and readers during this difficult time.
If you’d like to contribute to the campaign setup by friends to help us get back on our feet, please consider a donation here:
No amount is too small. Anything helps, even just your thoughts and sympathy. It’s amazing how helpful this has been.
Thank you so much for your support and understanding in this incredibly challenging time.
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Hi Antonio, I just stumbled upon your blog and happened to see your latest blog post. I am extremely sorry to hear about your situation and the loss of your pet and other personal belongings. I can’t imagine how difficult that must be. From the looks of it, you have a great blog here that readers must love, and they’ll be patiently waiting whenever you come back. Take care of yourself and family.
Hi. Antonio. Im a ukrainian guy, literally just now I opened your book about the technical blogging, and there’s a phrase in the intro about how the blogging changed your life, so you decided to share thoughts on it with others. Of course, the first thing I decided to do is to check whether you really had a blog and stuff. It happened, because in general I follow the rule – to try to learn things from people who have practiced whatever they teaching others.
Like there was a case with a Chinese woman made a career out of writing books about how to be happy and then commiting suicide. And many, many other gurus like that.
I’ve gotten on the page and I’m so horribly sorry for what happened to the house and the kitty. I have a cat on my own and I can just feel how hard it’d be to lose the kitty and the place where I live.
It must be really tough and I can just tell you that things will get better, you will rebuild the life, you’re strong, you can do it. I’ll save the link to the blog, and will be waiting with other readers until you start blogging again.
If I had money I’d help you, but right now I’m just a guy, who has been freelancing for really little money, who just wants to find an offline job as Angular developer and build his career up to make living of it.
Take care of your family, man. You’re awesome.
Arif Khan says
Really sorry about your situations. I will pray for your betterment. All of your visitors are waiting for your coming back.
Thanks for sharing your feelings
OH My God !!!