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How did you manage during Sandy?

We hope you are warm and safe with electricity and actually dry walls. It’s been one heck of a week! Yet publishing continued apace on the East Coast of the United States even as Sandy raged, with content providers of all stripes holing up in bars, cafes, bedrooms, and other unusual spots to meet deadline.

For her part, independent publicist Kathleen Matthews Schmidt put her PR skills to best use by organizing relief efforts for hard-hit Jersey Shore victims of the storm.

We’re curious: Did you have to ride out the storm and still produce content? Or did you abandon “normal” life for volunteer efforts? How did you do it? What did you do? We’d love to see and read your stories. Please share them with us here.

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  • http://blog.majesticseacreature.com Gregory Brown

    Over on practicingruby.com I was lucky to be able to pull an article off of the backlog and take a few days off. I also shipped that article a couple days early in anticipation of possible power outages.

    I can’t stress enough how much of a lifesaver it is to have a content backlog if you’re on a publishing schedule. I went nearly a year without one, and it was hugely stressful. Seeing my friend Avdi over at rubytapas.com tweet that he was editing videos while water was flowing underneath his feet reminded me of where I was a year ago, and why I don’t want to go back there :-)

    Of course losing a few days of productive work stills means that I’m under a bit of a crunch, but its more of a question of whether I’ll have to catch up with a few internal deadlines rather than setting yet another “sorry I’m late” message to my subscribers. That makes a big difference!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=108364 Miral Sattar

    I live on the Upper East Side, so we were one of the lucky ones. Our windows shook, and one even cracked. We didn’t stop working and turned our apartment into a makeshift office for us and our ‘refugees.’  We were still able to produce content for NaNoWriMo because our power was still up. The rest of my family members weren’t so lucky. We’re collecting supplies in our building and helping them deliver everyday. We’re also donating some of our furniture to Sandy victims (we were originally selling it before).