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Lending a Hand!

Some of you may or may not know that I do my best to truly extend help when I can – sometimes the need is bigger than I can help with, but when I can I like to help out groups with webspace – Church Hosting is a daily giving of that as I want Churches to have free hosting as a blessing!

If you have a ministry/outreach or just a story like this – please contact me, Flockhosting may be able to help!

Lauren’s Ride (Website)

The Ride was created by John, Lauren’s brother, who wants to help his sister obtain her goal of independence.  Lauren is a 22 year old quadriplegic, the result of an accident seven years ago.  She has been unable to walk without assistance and has relied on family and friends to drive her to where she needs to be – even with public transportation, she still must rely on someone to get her to the bus or train station.  With the cost of a vehicle for Lauren running into the $50,000 range, John realized he could raise funds to help out by exercising one of his talents – cycling.  John will be riding his bike from California to New York in September, with the support of his family, friends and community, and would appreciate any help you can give.

Donations for Lauren’s Ride will primarily go toward purchasing and maintaining an adapted vehicle – and donations beyond the cost of that will be assisting her in her new life as an independent young woman.  Please click on the links above to find out more about Lauren, John, and the trip he’s taking to help his sister.  You can also follow along with media coverage and read John’s blog – when he isn’t too exhausted, he will be writing along the way!

Excited to help out on this, thus why the Blog was in-and-out today, re-configuring my personal webserver which houses the Blog and some of my personal sites to be able to handle the spikes that the website may get, it recently had some attention from Wil Wheaton on his Tumblr and G+ accounts which was a tremendous help – however it took the site effectively offline from the surge of traffic.

So after a call from my friend Amy Jones, she asked if I could lend a hand and I am! FlockHosting is stepping in to provide some hosting – hopefully helping handle the load in a less “shared” hosting environment, and too using some things I have learned over the years with hosting high traffic websites! The site will move over tonight , so take a minute and read up, and if you have a cause on-going and need some help in hosting or planning your website – please don’t hesitate to let me know!

June Promotional Fun!

So June is here! (Well officially tomorrow, but I’m anxious for its arrival!)

This month some fun promotions so getting straight to it:

#1 A Fit Summer!

This month every person you recommend to FlockHosting and signs up even for Church Hosting (a free service for churches!) gets you an entry (Have them give your name in notes at signup), every time you tag FlockHosting on Facebook or Twitter in suggesting it to someone for hosting their website gets you an entry, if you sign-up for the community and interact, each post gets you an entry!

Okay, lots of entry talk, but for what! Two lucky customers will pick up a FitBit (www.fitbit.com) – this is a great tool for keeping track of your steps, your distance, and for me has been a great motivator for getting healthier as I do spend a LARGE part of my day sitting still, but since getting mine early last month, I’ve logged 86.65 miles of walking! Lost 6lbs and has motivated me to keep busy even changing my office up to make it more standing and moving vs. sitting! So I want to share the fun with customers!

Now you may not be a health junkie but this makes a fun gift to give to someone in your life maybe that would benefit from the system & the site for getting into shape! This starts Today, and runs thru the end of June!


#2 Promo Codes

One thing folks asked for were more promotions, sure $5 a month with no long-term contract is great, but money these days is tight and have to stretch that dollar a step further! So today the public code is as follows:

SUMMERTIME – What this gets you is 25% off when you pre-purchase for 3 months or more, up to 1 year, you can save 25% off, now this isn’t a one shot deal, this is reoccurring, so every 3 months you still save 25%  its your locked in price for the life of your account.

Share this with friends and family, however I did say codes, a second one is coming to the newsletter, and a third to the hidden customer area on the community forums, for you to share not on coupon sites, but with friends/family or yourself with discounts up to 50% on a year, so stay tuned on those, codes will be released in the newsletter tomorrow and on the forums later tonight.


#3 FlockHosting T-Shirt Contest!

Calling all designers! Calling all t-shirt lovers! FlockHosting needs a fun t-shirt designed! Something catchy too that when seen around town, folks will visit FlockHosting and join in the fun!

The Guidelines:

  • Can be Front or Back or Both – no limitations.
  • Designs must be 600DPI or greater in PNG/PDF/TIFF/AI/EPS formats
  • Full color is allowed.
  • Use of FlockHosting Logo/Site Allowed – PDF/EPS of Logo and  Helper Chuck will be posted on the forum
  • Up to 3 entries per person.
  • All Designs Submitted become property of FlockHosting

The Prize:

  • #1 Shirt Select
  • 2 Years of FlockHosting Service
  • $50 in Amazon Gift Cards
  • A print of your winning shirt
  • $50 Donation in Your Name to Love Water (www.love-water.org)
  • #2 Shirt
  • 1 Year of Flockhosting Service
  • $25 in Amazon Gift Cards
  • A print of your winning shirt
  • $50 Donation in Your Name to Love Water (www.love-water.org)
  • #3 Shirt
  • 3 Month of Flockhosting Service
  • $15 in Amazon Gift Cards
  • A print of your winning shirt
  • $50 Donation in Your Name to Love Water (www.love-water.org)


To submit your designs, submit them via email – chuck (at) flockhosting.com — entries deadline is June 30th — Voting will begin July 1st and end July 15th – these will be voted on publicly! This is not my pick, and your friends/family can vote too! So get to designing! If you need any additional resources from me please don’t hesitate to ask! I will share each requested item though publicly so that everyone has fair use of all resources.

Happy June! Hope everyone can join in the fun!