How to blog yourself into debt

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This entry was posted on 11/15/2006 9:48 PM and is filed under General Info.

Well, this story is about the downside of blogging. Most articles you read are on how to create a website, drive traffic, blog for free, blah, blah, and of course blah...

So I had already purchased a website for my wireless consulting company a few years back at called knowireless. Catchy name huh? My wife came up with that one. So when I started to blog about wireless on, I decided to look into using my account and created a new one for linux I called The idea was to review various distributions and help new users on which one would be best for them by showing them the installation process with graphical screen shots (which was my undoing) and hope that a couple of people would come over to Linux and enjoy it as much as I do. But I digress.

So for about three months I created a total of 16 posts with pretty cool pictures. I published these via, a website that really shows all the decent linux distros and helps people keep track on the ever growing process of the Linux/Open Source movement.

Well, in only two months I had over 70,000 people review my articles and over 90 feedbacks on the blog. In the little survey, 95% had positive things to say about the work I was doing. I even made a few bucks via google adsense along the way.

Well, as things were ramping up even more in my opinion (I was looking to branch into writing about Linux on Apple PPC machines) I got an email from godaddy stating I had a bill for a bit over $312 because of the bandwidth of over 45000 MB. As I am a network engineer, I started to look for my website's statistics of traffic, usually listed after the website with a '/stats'. Much to my dismay, there are no stats for the product that godaddy calls 'quickblogger'.

I called and asked about this, and they stated they would escalate this issue, as I don't think that the 70,000 reads would generate this level of bandwidth, and I got an email basically stating due to my graphical nature of my website and since it was so popular, I had actually used this much bandwidth. They still can't show me this usage, because it just isn't available, so just trust them.

Since then I have restarted my account under this address, using email posting from my gmail by copying and pasting to the email composer, then emailing to the link I created in the settings for email posting. I then went to my POS godaddy account and deleted all of the graphics off the site. I won't be posting any new blogs there, only here.

So if you ever plan on starting a blog, I would suggest using a more reputable site like,, or others that are really set up to support blogging rather than some hosting company that just wants to milk you beyond what they offer which is a miserably small amount of bandwidth. I guess they never expect you to be able to support traffic. Who knows. Stay away from, do not use them.

I am still planning on moving forward with my linux website. I hope to learn from this and move on. If you feel sorry for me, click on a few adds either at, or here on, so I can't take some google money and help pay my bill.

Thanks for reading and hopefully from my mistake you won't repeat it in your blogging life.

Best wishes


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    • 11/16/2006 5:52 AM Linuxaverage wrote:
      hi knolinuxguy,

      sorry to see you had such problems lately
      I really hope it hasn't made you pessimistic about linux. I really like your work and the great screenshots in your reviews.

      To hell with all these bandwith-limitations


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    • 11/30/2006 9:23 AM Charles Wimber wrote:
      The lessons you are learning with your blog fit alot of public and private non-profits. This post by you is invaluable as a learning curve. I like what your are doing with Linux.

      To me, smart PDA phones, digital cameras and Wi-Fi/WiMAX notebooks (Intel) for wireless mesh intranets with each node in the mesh having a blog (like for a home-based, insourcing, opportunity society that integrates work with parenthood and civic life electronically where smart PDA phone, digital camera and notebook are backed up is needed for an energy crisis and the threat of panemic quarantines. Yes, where there needs to be a non-profit pubilc and private partnership.
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      1. 12/4/2006 2:06 PM KnoLinuxGuy wrote:
        Thanks for the comments Charles,

        Being that I work in Wireless, I agree that there should be a way to backup personal data on our networks instead of relying on your personal device. Many companies are coming out with these types of products, with verizon wireless just launching something where your phone book can be updated/backed up on the network. Problem you have with them is that their data is pretty expensive so doing a lot of backups can cost you a lot of money.

        Bluetooth was designed to do things like you want, to know to pull data off your own device when you got close enough to a desktop, but people feared the security issue with people stealing others data maliciously, so no one has ever implemented that feature.

        This falls into the issue started by many telecoms who want to charge internet companies for content, stating that if their (google especially) profits from theirĀ  web offerings are on their (AT&T to be precise) networks, then AT&T wants a share of the profits. This is like when Montana wanted to charge people for flying over their state. Google probably pays $Millions a month in bandwidth now, so why should they pay more just because they make a profit.

        I understand more than most bloggers how data networks work. I have built many of them. But the idea that content for a blog should be rated like a company who is trying to profit by content versus someone just blogging is beyond me. Sure, I have adsense from google, but that doesn't pay the bills. Plus they didn't give me an option to rate my bandwidth or even see what it actually is.

        But the good folks and godaddy are working with me to discover where the issues are and how they can create a product that suits the needs of the blogger while being something they can profit from in the end. Hopefully we can get this done and again thanks for your comments.



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