[closed] WP London bombing blog gets 4 million hits needs sponsorship werenotafraid.com (26 posts)

  1. addcoach
    Posted 11 years ago #


    a WordPress blog on the London bombing http://www.werenotafraid.com has been slashdotted without the slash dot. They've had 294 gigs of bandwidth used up and 4 million hits so far, and they need some sponsorship to cover the bandwidth, which was around £1500 a month so far. Alfie Dennen, the creator of the site who has 6 friends helping him round the clock has been interviewed on CNN, BBC, the Guardian newspaper etc.

    “Show the world that we’re not afraid of what happened in London, and that the world is a better place without fear.

    It’s more about “we’re not afraid� and less about “bring em on�. See the distinction?

    Send your fearless images to:

    Great site, great messages, great photos, great WordPress blog. There are 1,000 photos up so far from all corners of the globe. Quite inspirational. The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. This blog is an antidote to that fear. I’’ve posted a pic and would encourage people to do the same.

    To put the 4 million hits in perspective, the Daily Kos blog, one of the top 3 blogs in the blogosphere ranked by the number of incoming links on the Truth Laid Bare blog ecosystem has an average of 537,037 hits per day. I don’t know if it’s 4 million unique hits or 4 million page views, but however you count it, that’s a hell of a lot of traffic.

    So if any wordpress bloggers here know of a company who might want to sponsor the bandwidth cost on this blog for next month (this month was covered by their server), and get some good Karma built up and have your logo viewed by a couple of million eyeballs, please contact Alfie at his home blog http://www.al4ie.com.

    If that doesn’t work, email me Pete at adultaddstrengths.com and I’ll email you his contact info.

    Here are some video interviews and links to the BBC and CNN articles with the creator of the site Alfie Dennen. http://mybossrocks.vhost.noris.net/alfie/

    Just found out they have a Cafe Press site.

    They just started a cafepress site to sell we’re not afraid tshirts and bags. Half the profits earned from the sale of this merchandise will be allocated to server costs. The other half will be donated to the Red Cross London Bomb Relief Fund.

    I don't know how much of the bandwidth those sales will cover so I'm hoping someone who either has a good heart or has a good marketing/PR sense or both will sponsor the blog so they'll be able to keep up the WP blog and all of the donations go to the Red Cross London Bomb Relief Fund.

    I've blogged a bit about it on my blog http://www.adultaddstrengths.com


    Pete Quily

  2. Doraemon
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hmm, somehow I'm just not buying your story. Sorry man, but your site is running just fine, and I see not evidence of extreme usage. *edit* What's WordPress's policy on advertising on these forums..?

  3. Jonathan Dingman
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Is he looking for mirrors or what? I'm sure if someone came up with a package to mirror all his images and/or videos, plenty of people would be willing to throw it up on their sites and offer their bandwidth.

  4. Jonathan Dingman
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Doraemon: He's telling the truth, it's received those millions of hits already, Podz can give first hand account of it.

  5. Doraemon
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Sorry, but I'll have to see it before I believe it. :P I don't see what's to hit anyways... Seems rather bland to me.

  6. Jonathan Dingman
    Posted 11 years ago #

    And that's fine, but I know he's telling the truth and I'd be willing to offer up my bandwidth if they created a package to spread out the load.

  7. Doraemon
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I'd help too so long as I knew it was for a good honest cause, and not just some lamer looking for free bandwidth so they can host their illicit files.

  8. oriecat
    Posted 11 years ago #

  9. nmallory
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Yeah, it was broken most of yesterday after CNN and other media sites started writing about it.

    Currently, they aren't using WP though because there were so many hits yesterday that the owner couldn't even get into the admin panel. They've set it up as a basic gallery now.

    It's a good cause. I know they were talking about setting up a donation fund or something for the families of those killed or injured.

    I think it's a great passive way of speaking out against the terrorist.

    Here is CNN's article.

  10. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I spent ages on IM with one of the guys today, trying to get the site back up, considering alternatives, and eventually going with the gallery script I edited for them. I posted about it to the hackers list. I have a 4.7meg file of the mysql log.

    It's as genuine as you can get.

  11. Jonathan Dingman
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Podz, is there a way to mirror the images or supply some sort of alternative so the bandwidth is spread out? I'm sure there are hundreds probably thousands willing to help...

  12. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I was thinking that as I was chatting, but the logistics are lost on me I'm afraid. When we chatting he reckoned he had about 3000 more images in the queue with more flooding in. Spreading just images would be one thing but the loads are amazing - you do not need this sort of bandwidth hitting your site. Your host would be round after some serious cash.
    For a mirror to work you'd need a very easy and fast way to set it up - and I don't know how to do that.

  13. nmallory
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I must have been visiting it in the middle of the changes because it now looks entirely different from what it did earlier in the afternoon. Good job!

  14. addcoach
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Does anyone here know Matt personally and can ask him to post a request for sponsorship on his blog? Seeing that it's read in the dashboard of most wordpress bloggers, I think it's likely that someone might sponsor it.

    I've already tried emailing him about it but no response yet.

    Getting your logo as the sole bit of advertising in front of 4 million people + who are probably going to read several pages of the blog for 1,500 pounds a month seems like absolute no brainer for a business to me Hollywood celebrities spend that on one night at a hotel. Hopefully people would just do it since it's a good thing to do but... If I had the cash I'd sponsor it myself.

    They may need more than one server. Currently I believe they have just one machine with about 3 gigs of ram but they might need one machine. One for the web server, one for database and one or more for the photos according to Roland Tangalo a blogger I know.

    I don't know if their host will provide them with 3 machines and they're only sponsoring it till the end of the month.


  15. davidchait
    Posted 11 years ago #

    It's not just sponsorship... They need to move to probably three or more machines, and most companies can provide at least 1500GB/mo throughput to start with (per box) on decent plans. They may need to look at a webhost who wants to sponsor it -- as that's the best way to control the costs but be able to handle the load.

    And given that you can get plans with 2-300GB for $50US, unless their host is just trying to really nail them, the host could waive the bandwidth overages in return for a prominent sponsorship advertisement on the site.

  16. Monika
    Posted 11 years ago #

    this weblog could be a business,
    I don't know why I should spent money for a business ..
    I don't know why I should spent money for a blog ...???

    if I 'm willing to spent money, than for the people in London...
    not for the journalists...

    try to find a big sponsor ;)

  17. addcoach
    Posted 11 years ago #

    It's not a business. It's a blog marketing courage and hope instead of fear, anxiety, and powerless paralysis like so many in the media are doing. They're raising funds for the Red Cross London Bomb Relief Fund. They're also volunterring their time.

    "try to find a big sponsor ;)"

    I've sent emails to more than a hundred bloggers telling them about what they site is doing and asking if they know if anyone will sponsor the site and if they don't know anyone to ask people on their blog.

    Could you put the request for sponsorship on your blog or website and email your friends to ask them to do so too if you feel it's a good cause?

    From their site where's they're selling shirts mugs hats buttons etc


    "We're not afraid tshirts and bags sold here. Some of the profits earned from the sale of this merchandise will be allocated to server and admin costs, the rest (approx 35% of list price)will be donated to the Red Cross London Bomb Relief Fund.

    We will transparently publish costs and the amount raised from sales via this shop, so you know we are not profiting from others loss."

    From their main website http://www.werenotafraid.com

    "We’re not afraid updates 14th July 2005

    Hi everyone, once again, thank you all for your amazing submissions, keep them coming! We now have 3 new people on the team tirelessly adding your images to the galleries, and are hoping to have comments back up and running just as soon as possible.

    We have raised nearly $10,000 (almost £5,700) for the Red Cross London Bomb Relief fund, so thank you everyone who has bought merchandise.

    Keep it up!

    The we're not afraid team. "


  18. davidchait
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Ummm, it's either a business, a non-profit (still a business), or a complete money suck. If it's looking for sponsors, it's not a money suck, it's a business or not-for-profit.

    I understand people doing things on their own time, for no compensation, but the underlying entity (the site) has taken on a life of its own.

    If the blog is getting such coverage that they are getting linked from major media outlets, that one of the creator guys is getting interviewed on major televised news shows, I hope >they< are spreading the word themselves. Why haven't they gone to one of the larger web hosts in the UK and asked for the head of marketing, and see if the company is willing to take a major ad space on the site in return for hosting? That's not something that's just going to appear -- unless a hosting provider marketing guy happens to consider it. ;)


  19. vkaryl
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hey guys - let's not argue over what they are or aren't. Let's just do what WE individually can do to help, whether it's donate direct to any of a number of relief funds, or post up links etc, or comb our addy books for potential sponsors.

    Rhetoric has a place, but I'm not sure this is it.... and yes, this is simply a personal opinion....

  20. addcoach
    Posted 11 years ago #

    For those who want to help, they've just put up some buttons of various sizes for use on your blog or website, simply saying werenotafraid. It's at the bottom of their home page.

    Also if you've ever wanted to say we're not afraid in several dozen languages they're posted on the home page too.


  21. notthatugly
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Let's just do what WE individually can do to help, whether it's donate direct to any of a number of relief funds, or post up links etc, or comb our addy books for potential sponsors.

    Rhetoric has a place, but I'm not sure this is it

    Seconded. Instead of saying 'isn't it great that these people chose WP for a worthy project that's getting worldwide media exposure, we should help out however we can' people are bitching and whining and doubting the validity of the original poster's request. Don't you realise every visitor to the site would have seen that it was powered by wordpress? Isn't that worth anything, even goodwill? I knew wordpressers were allergic to anything remotely resembling a request for money, but some of the comments here leave a very nasty taste in my mouth.

    (Yes, I am British, and no, I probably shouldn't have added to this thread, but the cynicism of some of the posts here just astounds me.)

  22. Class
    Posted 11 years ago #

    All I can do is add a link I'm afraid.
    Hope you'll find sponsorship for this good cause.

  23. addcoach
    Posted 11 years ago #

    A link is great.

    They found a sponsor for the site which is now getting 4 million hits A DAY.

    There are 1213 blogs that linked to "http://www.werenotafraid.com" list at http://www.blogsnow.com/bnxzq4766030

    The site has inspired people to create songs + short movies and they'll be doing multimedia and have a section for celebrities. They've received 11,000 photos so far and have about 2,500 up.

    Thanks to those who helped promote the site.

    Redbus their new sponsor starting August got a good deal. for about $2450 US a month give or take they got an exclusive ad on a blog getting 4 million hits a day. the 3rd ranking blog on technorati is daily Kos and it cost $16,000 a month to be 1 ad out of 8 on a site that gets a daily average of 552,923 hits.

    I've blogged a bit more about it.

    thanks all


  24. Monika
    Posted 11 years ago #

    may be I'm too old for this enthusiasm.
    I'ts wonderful and great, that so many people link to this blog, wonderful, that the create songs and t-shirt ...

    but...to promote this site is it really a way to stop terrorists?

    sons, daughters, fathers and mums are dead...

    and we promote a weblog...

    tears for links?

    only puzzles of thoughts, because I can't explain it better in english

    non profit is business,
    the great business in our world,
    but it is the best business of our world.

    ''they to assail you with questions, because they are journalists and you would be alone, alone with your teariness, ...."

    I'll take a deep breath,
    it's only a weblog powered by wordpress...
    and I'm using wordpress too.

    kindly regards

  25. addcoach
    Posted 11 years ago #

    So what are YOU doing instead of just complaining?

    Terrorist of all stripes depend of public fear. They're killing innocent civilians to provoke fear in order to get the govt to do something they want that they couldn't get done by getting public support. Mass murder for political ends.

    This blog is promoting individual courage, and fearlessness without going to the "nuke em till they glow" viewpoint. The opposite of what the terrorists want, they want individuals to be afraid of them. They're not planning on invading and occupying the UK and the USA. The want certain objectives and their strategy is to do targeted mass murder for media consumption world wide to increase public fear and anxiety to get those objectives met. My country Canada is on the list and we and Italy are the only one's on the list that haven't been bombed.

    Even if you don't like Tony Blair, read his latest speech(the 2nd one) it explains it well.


    or read this


    maybe find a way to deal more effectively with this


    Or the types of societies that lets this be shown on public TV

    The "Life Is Sweet" Show: With the Family of Said Al-Khotari, the Suicide Bomber Who Blew Himself Up Outside the Dolphinarium in Tel Aviv, and Other Guests. Talks about a father being proud that his son is willing to do this, and the host being impressed as well.
    (Aired from Jordan)




    The We're Not Afraid Blog is not the only solution, or the perfect solution, it is one solution that everyone can participate if they want. I could get into a long political rant here on what else might need to be done, but I won't.

    There's been 11,000 people sending in pictures around the world it must have struck a nerve with the public. 4 million hits a day means it must be something people want to look at.

    You might come up with an equally good or even better idea, and if you do that's great, I'll blog about it too and encourage others to do the same.


  26. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 11 years ago #

    addcoach - with respect, I think this thread has moved way too far from the purpose of the original post. That post was a yell for help (which I answered) and right now the guys are working with a script I gave them. They have had all the help we can give right now, and it looks like they have got themselves a solution all worked out.
    That is a good thing.

    But this is now getting overtly political and this forum is not the place for that. I'm closing this thread and I hope you understand.

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