Oh No…Ryanair To Introduce A New Fee – We Decide..

Just checking out the Ryanair website to see if any new route announcements or deals are out there as I need to fly back to London shortly.  I noticed this:-

Ryanair, Europe’s largest low fares airline, today (8 Apr) announced that it received over 12,000 suggestions from passengers as part of the low fares airline’s competition to suggest a discretionary revenue charge which would help lower Ryanair’s costs and reduce its guaranteed lowest fares even further.

The top five suggestions are:
  1. €1 for toilet paper – with O’Leary’s face on it,
  2. €2 “corkage” fee for passengers who bring their own food,
  3. €5 annual subscription to access Ryanair.com,
  4. €3 to smoke in a converted toilet cubicle,
  5. Excess fees for overweight passengers based on body mass index.

I hope they select number 1 – what are the bets the competition is fixed, with choices 2 and 3 being those submitted by Ryanair?  Cast your vote here

Looking at the lighter side of life

Back in October, Ewan and I had a chat.

The chat led to us believing there is no UK website dedicated to good news, just good news.  We started The Daily Dust, a newspaper of good UK only news.

Adding to the picture a couple of people, a top SEO guy, leading football writer and a racing pundit we launched quietly.  One month after launch, we had 1 million page views.  Still in stealth mode we continued our mission of writing and linking to a couple of posts per day each. One of those posts had 250,000 unique readers.

Now we have the makings of something very special.

We are looking for more people willing or able to give up half an hour a day to help with content or simply send us links to good news.  We aren’t making any money from it, yet, when we do, will be happy to pay our writers to keep the content flowing, until then, anyone joining us can get links back to their blogs/sites and enjoy the pleasure writing good news gives!  Those on at the beginning will be able to see how we attempt to grow this in our spare time.

This project is getting legs and we hope you enjoy reading it.

Meanwhile, Fuelmyblog continues to go from strength to strength, we have more testing of products coming and this year we are going to attempt to make significant changes to the look and feel and give the site some amazing features.

2009 should be a good year, not a gloomy one but it is going to take a lot of hard work!

Have Start-up – Need Help

The secret project thing I have been working on has now sadly been delayed, hopefully with a launch in November. I have been lucky in that all supporters and people involved are still focused on it working, being a huge success and I am convinced that all the effort we have put in so far will bring that.

Organising this project has introduced me to some of the best people I have had the privilege of meeting. One has really stood out, not only as a huge support and help but a great bloke, and he always seems to be able to make time to talk, Stewart Townsend from Sun Microsystems, and he writes this blog.

Stew has a rather unique role, he helps Startup’s. He is in his own words “the man in the shirt that runs Startup Essentials in the UK”.

So what does Startup Essentials do? – (Visit the site here.)

Simply, it helps you interact with Sun and the power that brings.

*Sell servers at Startup pricing

*Hosting – again at Startup pricing

*Engineering Support – Do you have a scaling problem ? Have you thought about Scaling ? Help is there.

*Community events – Sun host and support events for the UK and Irish Startup community ?

*PR – As part of Startup Essentials customer base, you have access to our PR team to write a customer success story, that gets pushed out to Analysts globally.

And probably the icing on the cake:-

*Introductions – To Investors from Angels to VC, introductions to a larger network across different geographies.

So, what are you waiting for it is free to join, click here – Ok there is one more incentive:-

The chance to win a free exhibition stand at FOWA* in London, worth £2.5k – click here for more or:-

Are you based in the UK ?
Have you been trading for 6 years or less ?
Do you have 150 employees or less ? Answered YES to all, then SIGN UP HERE NOW and in the tracking code enter FOWA08, a draw will take place on the 22nd September and if you are the winner, then you will receive an email and telephone call on the Tuesday 23rd September with all the details required.

*FOWA – Future of Web Apps – If you have a website, blog or any interest in social media, this is a total and utter must visit and if you are going, let me know, we should meet up 🙂

1 million hits is a new challenge

Fuelmyblog is now getting over a million hits per month, the majority of which are coming through the Friends widgets.  This is seriously slowing the site from time to time and we are working on a fix.  The best solution is to change servers and upgrade to something more robust.

Why haven’t we already made these changes?

Whilst we have enough funds to cover these changes, we are launching something in the next week or two that will be bringing in huge levels of traffic, estimated at over 5m per day.  We are talking to some major players in the hosting space and will hopefully be in a position to work on scaling up ASAP.  Sorry for the continued slowness, we will fix it soon and be bringing some very cool features asap (along with a new employee or two).

I’d love to see what features you guys would like to see installed in fuelmyblog, more writers, better blog help, better features etc.  I plan on hosting some user groups both in the UK and US during the next few months and am keen to see your feedback.

If you are reading this and are on fuelmyblog, please leave a note 🙂