Something New to Blogosphere is Coming, Thanks to a Broken Heart

by John Hoff on February 22, 2010

A couple years ago, someone broke my wife’s heart.

No… it wasn’t me.

It wasn’t even someone she knew.

What I can tell you is that it was someone we’ve never met, never will meet, and someone we never want to meet.

Who was this person you ask?

First, let me tell you what happened.

My wife wanted to try her hand at being an entrepreneur and selling her very own line of jewelry through a website I helped her create. She loved the idea of owning her own business because at the time she was a wedding planner working full time for one of the hotel/casinos located here in Vegas. Not that she didn’t like the wedding industry, she did, but she wanted that dream of working from home.

Together, we spent months building her website and driving targeted traffic to it.

I was very proud of my wife, Lindsey. She managed to make $1,000 for a couple months in a row just through online sales. And with a new baby on the way, the extra income helped buy cloths, diapers, a new crib, etc.

I’ll never forget the look on Lindsey’s face the morning she turned around and asked, “John, what happened to my site?” Her beautiful online store was gone.

You see, my wife had a dream… and someone took that dream away from her.

They broke her heart.

Who was that person?

A hacker.

One Dream + One Website / One Hacker = 0

That was the day I set out on a mission. It was the day the blanket was pulled away from my eyes and I could see the true dark lit underground which surrounded me on the Web.

Most people don’t see it. Well, not until they get blindsided like we did.

That mission I set out on…

I plan to reveal it next Monday, March 1st 2010.

Make sure you’re there by subscribing to my RSS feed or Newsletter. Don’t let your dream get taken away like my wife’s did.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim Gaudet February 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

Interesting, glad I already have in my RSS…
.-= Jim Gaudet´s last blog ..Ubuntu 9.10 Error: Initrd is too big =-.


Davina February 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I’ve had a sneak preview at what John is talking about and can say it is something worth knowing. Invaluable information. I guess this is the silver lining in the case of your wife’s nightmare. Sorry you both had to go through that, but you’ve certainly turned it around to not only your advantage but for other entrepreneurs.
.-= Davina´s last blog ..Getting Sensual with Creativity =-.


John Hoff - BTC Hosting February 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thank you Davina and Jim.

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?
.-= John Hoff – BTC Hosting´s last blog ..Something New to Blogosphere is Coming, Thanks to a Broken Heart =-.


Keith Davis February 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Hi John
Sad story… sorry to hear it.
Security doesn’t appear to come into the picture with lots of bloggers, guess I was lucky finding your site and your security tips.

Countdown has already started to Monday, March 1st 2010.
You need to install a countdown counter, or whatever it’s called, on this post.
My palms are sweating… it’s a bit like watching the bids on Ebay.
.-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..Practice, practice, practice… =-.


Brad Ney February 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

There will always be hackers… that’s why backups are so crucial to the success of a website.

I look forward to reading more “What is coming” to the blogosphere.
.-= Brad Ney´s last blog ..Further Accelerate Your Blog – MaxCDN is offering 1TB of Bandwidth for $10 =-.


John Hoff - BTC Hosting February 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm

@Keith – you’re too funny.

@Brad – Agreed. Problem is, many people forget that a real backup also includes their web hosting files, not just the database.
.-= John Hoff – BTC Hosting´s last blog ..Something New to Blogosphere is Coming, Thanks to a Broken Heart =-.


Barbara Swafford February 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Hi John,

The story of your wife being hacked, losing the potential for income and the ability to help provide for your family brought tears to my eyes. Unfortunately hackers don’t care who they hack and even though Lindsey’s site was new, that didn’t make a difference. They do it because they can.

Na-na-na-na-na, I know your secret. Blogosphere won’t be the same after it’s revealed.

Fasten your seat beat John. You’re in for the ride of your life. WooHoo. And I’ll be witness to it. YES!!! 8)
.-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..S-L-O-W Down – Blogging Is Not A Race =-.


Rian March 17, 2010 at 7:02 am

Oh this is sad. But we can easily prevent hackers if we have a reliable hosting company right? And avail of security features. In addition, we should not be too careless with where we keep our passwords. Hope everything will be ok soon.
.-= Rian´s last blog ..Free Download PSP Games Philippines – Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS lite i =-.


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