"Okay here's what we'll do. On the 27th, we'll get about 5 blogs to sign up with Nuffnang. We'll see how the system holds with just these few blogs and any small number of blogs that join us in this first week. We do this so we can run more tests before we get to the second phase of the launch which is when we will invite all the other bloggers that have agreed to join us."
That's what I told our team long before the soft beta launch yesterday.
I was expecting a slow gradual launch.
I have never been more wrong.
In just two days since a launch that was meant to be small, news of our website has somehow got around and we've been fortunate enough to have almost a hundred bloggers sign up with us!
So much that our server started overloading causing certain functions to stop working consistently, most importantly: Our default ad units stopped appearing consistently hence affecting the accuracy of the blog stats that we track.
The good news is that most of the bloggers signed up with us understand that this is a beta phase and beta phases are meant to weed out problems like this.
The bad news is.... all of us at Nuffnang haven't been getting much sleep and we've been relying too much on Cheezels and Peanut Butter Sandwich biscuits to keep our stomachs full.
We're rushing to get a new dedicated server of our own that can support this many bloggers.
Stay tuned guys... and thanks for understanding.
I am particularly touched by the few bloggers who have e-mailed me and said
"You know, I'm not interested in whatever money you can pay me, I'm just joining to support you".
Another blogger said
"Let us all be your guinea pigs! We support Malaysian products!"
It is indeed very heartening to hear these kind of comments though we know that we just can't simply take it for granted and assume that everyone feels the same way.
Many people expect us to perform... and perform we shall... (as long as our supply of Cheezels keep up).
I walked into the office yesterday morning only to hear a fellow Nuffnang Team Member say
"So... uhmm... 5 blogs eh???"