Monday, July 1, 2013 by Sean ValantIt has been historically noted that Snappy hasn't always been in the best of shape. To be fair, eating up the competition can create a caloric surplus, resulting in excessive weight gain. Also, those long hours sitting in front of a computer can negatively impact one's physique. Snappy was once even compared to a blue salamander, which is clearly an insult to a proud gator. At any rate, Snappy has been in the gym, working on his fitness. It's likely that you've gotten a glimpse of the new and improved Snappy in recent weeks on this very blog, but let's revisit Snappy's look over the years, and touch on some of the highlights. It is a rarely-known fact that Snappy threw out the first pitch at a Houston Astros game a few years ago: Every now and again, we'd see Snappy roaming around the HostGator offices and rubbing elbows with his colleagues: Truth be told, Snappy has even been spotted on the roof of the Houston office: As Snappy began to see more and more pictures of himself, he began to really consider getting into better shape. The HostGator Austin building has a pretty stellar gym, Snappy was seen hitting the treadmill in there more and more. It seems like all that hard work has finally paid off, because this is what Snappy looks like today! Clearly this is a far more fit gator, ready to take on the world! Snappy has never felt better, and with summer now upon us, Snappy intends to take his fitness to the next level, perhaps even participating in an Ironman triathlon... assuming there's no Irongator triathlons he can enter. Snappy would also like to get out and about. Maybe you know of some location or function at which Snappy could appear, if so be sure to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ATTN: Blog
Saturday, May 25, 2013 by Sean ValantWith Memorial Day upon us, we wanted to find a way to show some appreciation for our veterans. The Wounded Warrior Project provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. HostGator would like to invite you to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project via our causes.com page, where we will match donations up to $5,000 (total). We hope we are able to hit this $5,000 mark in order to give back a small amount to the veterans who have given so much to the rest of us. We appreciate your participation in this effort, and we again thank our veterans who have risked their lives to protect ours. If you experience any difficulty in accessing our donation page, please use this direct link: http://www.causes.com/actions/1753343-hostgator-will-match-your-donation-to-wounded-warrior-project Thank you again for helping us support a great cause.
Monday, December 24, 2012 by Sean ValantAs the year comes to a close, not only should we all reflect upon the successes and any failures of the year in order to grow from the lessons contained in each, we should also set aside some time to simply celebrate. Celebration has manifested in multiple forms here at HostGator this year, and we've had a lot to celebrate. It had been a truly great year, full of very positive change and we're all looking forward to what the new year will bring. We had our annual holiday party recently, but before we get into those pictures I wanted to share with you the tree that was set up in one of our Houston buildings last week:
This tree clearly has some atypical decorations. I mean, that is a jack-o-lantern in there, right? Let's start at the top and work our way down: Every tree needs a topper; some sort of symbol or designation that sets the tone for the season and for the tree itself. Apparently for a HostGator tree, that symbol is Darth Malgus, of "Star Wars: The Old Republic" fame. It's starting to look like this tree was decorated by, well, nerds. There's the aforementioned jack-o-lantern again. Also, we see an Ethernet cable and a network switch; further supporting this nerd theory. And is that a telephone receiver? Let's take a further look: Yes, that is indeed a telephone receiver. We also now see a couple of HostGator lanyards. No tree would be complete without Snappy, but is that also a more realistic gator there on the left? Yes, it does appear so. Below, we'll find a rubik's cube and a keyboard: And what nerdy tree would be complete without a couple of O'Reilly books underneath; always give the gift of learning: Now that you've seen this amazing tree, we'll move right along to the company party. The Houston party was held at Dave & Busters, a Texas-based restaurant and entertainment complex. The series of pictures will best tell the tale of the company party; we ate, we drank, we played games. It went something like this: It's safe to say that a good time was had by all. We came together as a company to celebrate our successes and share some time together. Thank you, from the bottom of our collective heart, for allowing us to have such a great year and we look forward to serving you for many, many years to come. Have a safe and happy holiday and new year from all of your friends here at HostGator!
Monday, October 22, 2012 by Sean ValantHostGator.com was registered on October 22nd, 2002; Ten years ago today. A lot has happened in that time, but we have remained true to the initial vision for the company throughout. It is with great pride and a strong sense of achievement that we acknowledge this anniversary. Customer Service remains king here at HostGator. It is the foundation upon which the entire company has been built. We have had our growing pains, and learned the inherent lessons therein, but we have never wavered from that initial desire to provide outstanding Customer Service. As we leave our single-digit years behind and walk confidently into our double-digits, we are stronger and more ready to take on the future than ever before. We thank every single one of you who have allowed us to serve you over the years, and we welcome everyone to continue walking with us on this amazing journey. Do you follow us on Twitter and Facebook? If so, you could win free hosting or even one of our infamous and coveted plush Snappys! We will be doing random give-aways all day today in celebration of our anniversary. Like us on FaceBook and follow us on Twitter for your chance to win! In fact, leaving a comment on this very blog post could potentially be worthwhile as well, but be sure to use a valid email address. And without further ado: Happy Birthday, Snappy!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Sean Valant
In 1936, Life magazine estimated that 6% of Americans had a tattoo. Undoubtedly, this was mostly comprised of sailors or other military personnel and likely also a carnival sideshow entertainer or two. In March 2005, The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology determined that 24% of the general U.S. population had at least one tattoo. HostGator presently has about 850 employees in Texas. We were able to wrench 619 of those Gators away from more important tasks in order to survey them. We found that 244 of the 619 had at least one tattoo. If we guesstimate the math to the best of our ability, we find that just over 40% of HostGator employees are tattooed.
In recent years, there seemed to be more and more professional athletes turning up with visible tattoos. Of the 431 players in the NBA, 233 (or roughly 54%) have tattoos. Aside from the NBA, there seems to be very little statistical information regarding tattoos as related to various industries.
In 2008, seventy percent of tattooed Americans needed to hide the ink for their jobs. Visible tattoos are essentially a non-issue at HostGator; we have non-tattooed as well as heavily-tattooed people throughout all levels of the company. You'll find tattoos on our front-line Jr. Administrators as well as members of upper Management.
Some other interesting statistics: 17% of those who have a tattoo have considered having it removed and 5% have subsequently covered a tattoo with a different design. When broken down by political party, 15% of Democrats, 13% of Republicans and 13% of Independents are tattooed.
The Pew Research Center, in February 2010, stated that 15% of 18-25 year olds think that the increase in people being tattooed has caused a positive impact, while 60% of 18-25 year olds think that the increase in people being tattooed has caused no discernible impact. It's been said that the only difference between a tattooed person and a non-tattooed person is that the tattooed person doesn't at all mind that the non-tattooed person doesn't have a tattoo.
Whether you view tattoos as an art form, a tool of rebellion or a downright disgrace it's clearly something that is forever etched in numerous cultures and shows no sign of declining in popularity. Tattoos aren't just for sailors, rock stars and the yakuza anymore. The doctor or EMT that saved your (or a loved ones) life might very well be tattooed. Also the police officer who pulled you over for speeding, but let you go with just a warning (this time!). The judge you had to stand before last time when the police officer wasn't so understanding about your speeding... possibly even the lawyer who was in the courtroom that day. We now know there is a 40% chance that the HostGator System Administrator who resolved your last issue and brought your server back to life from the brink of certain death is tattooed.
Several Gators decided to share some of our tattoos with you. Please enjoy the following slideshow containing actual tattoos of actual HostGator staff, from our Houston and Austin offices: