Facebook Parenting: Shooting Laptop for Charity
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Published on Apr 13, 2012
Hey again all. It's Tommy Jordan. Most of you by now have seen my non-intentional viral video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl1ujz...) I'm hoping this will be a little more intentionally successful, and will help out a good cause.
So, we're gonna do this ONE MORE TIME, since so many of you asked. No one is in trouble and no children are traumatized as a by-product of this video so you can take DSS off your speed dial buttons!
What's the Deal:
Well, after about forty thousand comments asking me to shoot another laptop, I came up with an idea that would benefit charity and appease those people at the same time!
I've taken one of my own laptops, my old work laptop, shot it chock-full-o-holes, autographed it, and we're going to auction it on eBay. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to charity, but this time it's the charity of choice for whomever the winner is.
Why Not The MDA?
Well, I support the MDA as much as I can, but their legal department has this thing about handguns and blowing stuff up that they feel doesn't set a good example for the kind of thing they can officially get behind. I totally understand that! Besides, otherwise they're inspiring people to go on YouTube and blow stuff up and... wait, that's what I'm doing... (insert change of subject here)
So, how it works:
You can check out the eBay ad for full details. There's no sense in writing it twice, so I'll let you read it there. The ad is viewable at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...
What happens to the other half of the money?
Yeah, I KNOW someone's going to ask that.
Since I became accidentally famous, I've managed to leverage a lot of that for charity, which personally I think is one of the few GOOD things that came out of this whole thing. I was able to get SpectorSoft to give a portion of their proceeds to charity for anyone who buys the software on my website.
Details at: http://8minutesoffame.com/eblaster/
I was also (thanks to the guys over at www.omjlist.com) able to setup a partnership where 50% of all the proceeds from people who signup from the 8minute website will go to charity as well!
Details at: http://8minutesoffame.com/omj/
My eBay auctions are also generating a lot of extra attention, a portion of each also going to charity.
To see those visit: http://www.ebay.com/sch/twnetworx/m.html
Thus far, I've managed to raise a little over $8,500 for charity in two months. This DOES come with it's own set of expenses as well that I pay.
So, to answer your questions, running the 8minutesoffame.com web server is expensive. It's costing me $68 per month to run the server, $20 per month for the constant contact service, and another $20 per month to run the cache server on CloudFlare.com. The site gets so much traffic that I've had to upgrade services twice already and hopefully won't need to upgrade any more. But anyway, at $108 dollars a month it's a little high on overhead costs. So, the other half of the money goes to me... to pay for offsetting some of these costs if possible. I know it's not going to go for some ridiculous amount of money, but if it goes for $225 then a charity gets a nice donation and the server is paid for another month.
So, if you'd like to bid on the eBay auction, you can view it at:
As always, if you want to stop in and say hi, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter or on the 8Minute website.
Web Site: http://8minutesoffame.com
Until then.. Have a Good Day Y'all!
Note about Video Responses:
I have about 25,000 video responses to my previous videos that will never get approved. Why? Because of the language. If you'd like to make a video response to this video, or any other, I happily encourage you to do so, however please be respectful of the viewers who might be seeing it in the future. I don't mind approving the responses that are properly worded but if you curse in it, I'm NOT going to approve it and you've wasted your time.
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