How To Get A Blacknight Mug

Blacknight Twitter MugWe’ve spoken about the Blacknight mugs a few times in the past and we’ve had a lot of people asking us about getting their hands on one.

So how can we make everyone happy?

We can’t.

But what we have come up with is a silly idea to give away one of the mugs and we’ll give away a couple of the Blacknight tshirts as runner up prizes.

So what do you have to do?

Simple really. Write a blog post explaining why we should give you a Blacknight mug

If you don’t have a blog or for some reason you feel that your blog’s readers won’t “get” why you’re writing about mugs, then simply post a comment here.

We’ll run this until March 24th 2010.

Any questions?

Post a comment and let us know

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43 Responses to How To Get A Blacknight Mug

  1. James March 17, 2010 at 16:24 #

    To be honest, I probably don’t deserve a Blacknight Mug. I don’t drink coffee, and it would likely end up on my desk holding pens and business cards.
    But I am a decent guy, and have always been helpful to my pals at Blacknight. For example, last year I was traveling in Asia with some really great folks. My mobile provider (Verizon) uses CDMA, which many know as a US-only technology, the rest of the world using GSM.
    Unfortunately for my iPhone-equipped pals, South Korea is one of those few countries that has also standardized on CDMA. So, while they couldn’t get a signal, my phone wasn’t even roaming. I became fairly popular in the bar, as everyone wanted to use my phone to check in with home.
    Is this story mug-worthy? Probably not. But since the US catches so much hell for not having a GSM standard, I thought I wanted to get this story in to the public record nonetheless.
    Happy St. Patrick’s day!
    J.

  2. Michele Neylon March 17, 2010 at 16:46 #

    James
    And I remember it all too well 🙂
    Your story is good and is definitely in the running
    Michele

  3. Krystian Kozerawski March 17, 2010 at 17:12 #

    Well, my blog is rather not about coffee nor mugs, it is about Apples 🙂 however I think I deserve one 😉
    I remember when in february in 2006 I was looking for Irish ISP in Carlow and the only one I found was Blacknight. Since then I drank a lot of coffee with my friends at Blacknight in Carlow 🙂 I don’t need to mention that I am addicted to coffee, and since I am a “Big Pole” I need such kind of a mug 🙂
    If I win one I will probably come over and get it by myself 😀 They know what it means!
    Happy St. Patrick’s day

  4. Irene March 17, 2010 at 17:16 #

    Well it’s like this…Michele I may not deserve a mug but I would really like one. And as I gave you my only other ticket to the Miss Ireland gala night 3 years back which you totally enjoyed..ahem I feel that it would be nice for you to give me a mug as a thank you. Oh and you as I gave you Coffee mats as a new office pressie I think that I would love a mug sitting on my desk reminding me of Blacknight every few hours as I throw the coffee into me to keep me awake would be just lovely…that or I could blackmail you! Your call Mr. Neylon (with an evil laugh)

  5. Martin Hepworth March 17, 2010 at 17:17 #

    How about a sympathy vote…
    the M$ mug you sent out to me least never made it as I moved jobs before it appeared at work. Of course no one claimed to have seen it, but I’m pretty sure someone kept it 🙂

  6. Michael McGrath March 17, 2010 at 17:22 #

    Are the mugs available in any shop in Kilkenny ?

  7. Michele Neylon March 17, 2010 at 17:24 #

    Michael
    They’re not available in any shop.
    Michele

  8. Damien Donnelly March 17, 2010 at 17:59 #

    A Blacknight Mug would ignite my creative, knowledge based soul to continue to promote and support a world leading ISP like Blacknight.
    P.s. if you send me a mug, I will buy you a few drinks in Langtons in Kilkenny.
    Damien

  9. Tatsu March 17, 2010 at 18:02 #

    First of all – I tweeted about how beautiful Your mugs are.
    Second – as first one in here I would drink tea from it – finest black tea + 5 slices of fresh ginger + 2 table spoons of bee honey + 2-3 table spoons of best Jamaican rum – perfect for long cold nights in front of your Mac 🙂
    I’m not your client… maybe yet, but I promise to put your mug on every photo of my working desk. Let’s call it a small/local advertising.
    And for the last. I deserve this mug 🙂 I collect handmade mugs 🙂
    Thanks in advance for your positive decision 🙂

  10. Eamon Donovan March 17, 2010 at 19:06 #

    OK. Here’s the bottom line: If we don’t get some mugs (with the names David and Eamon), we’re going to take the hundred plus domains and webspaces that we’ve moved to Blacknight from *!%*&*@#365 and move them right back again. So there! OK, you’ve called my bluff. That’s probably not going to happen because you do provide infinitely better service at reasonable prices and seem to be decent, helpful, nice people to boot. Doh!

  11. Kevin March 18, 2010 at 01:26 #

    Perhaps my tale is not as deserving as others above. Perhaps I’m not even the best BlackKnight customer, deserving of free swag (though a few domains and hosting for the last 2 years later, I am at the very least somewhat loyal!). Perhaps, even, I’m not even the most likable person in the world – entirely undeserving of such free gifts.
    But here’s my tale…
    Ever since I was a young kid I remember not caring too much about football. In fact, it’s only in recent years I’ve taken up an interest in the sport. Bayern Munich are my team of choice. Why? Well, I dislike the premier league. It’s marred in my mind as it gets represented rather poorly by its fans both in the UK itself and here. All of my friends love the EPL. Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal. My friends are a split bunch with no clue who they like most of the time, or why. I like Munich for a simple reason, I’ve family from there and I like their classy style of play and wonderful stadium.
    But that’s an aside. As a kid, I didn’t like Bayern Munich. I couldn’t really name footballers, except the really famous ones like Eric Cantona, Robbie Fowler or Roy Keane. Nope, I was hooked on another sport altogether. Formula 1.
    The first race I ever saw on TV was the German GP at Hokenheim. Sweeping, long and fast straights leading to tight, winding chicanes. Ripe for overtaking, action and an event not to be missed. The first car that zipped past the camera as I watched was a Ferrari. Brilliant red of the scuderia lighting up the pixels on the TV. So, from here on in I was a lifelong Ferrari fan.
    A few years of loyalty (like my loyalty to Blacknight!) later and one Christmas my uncle, who stays with us over the Christmas period every year – a nice tradition we’ve kept up over the years (probably the only tradition my entire family keeps, too) bought me a nice present. I don’t remember what the “big” gift was, that’s how significant the stocking filler was. Yes, it was a two-part gift. No doubt the big gift was lego, or a high-value voucher for HMV. But I don’t recall… all I recall is my lovely black and red Ferrari mug. I only drank warm milk before bed. It wasn’t until I hit my teens that I succumbed to a crippling tea addiction, which has more recently morphed into a full blown coffee ‘problem’.
    All those years, with my tastes changing consistently from hot milk to coffee every morning and evening. All those hot drinks poured, spilled and drank. Even though my tastes changed, my mug didn’t. Nope. I still had that Ferrari mug. Hell, it survived the birth of my youngest brother.
    Then, a few years ago, as I trapsed back into the kitchen to get a refill of my preferred hot beverage, I went to the end of the hall from the front room I had procured a seat in, one door in my way to get to our back room which leads into the big, extended kitchen on the back of our house, where upon disaster struck. As I reached for the door, clasping the handle with steely determination and using the correct amount of force to pry the door from it’s spring-locked position – my youngest brother popped the door open from the other side, with far more force then he needed to. He was too young to understand the forces required to open doors at that point. He was either too ginger or too hard. This time he was too hard. He yanked the door away from me, but me, still grasping it, fell forward slightly. In the act of re-balancing myself, I lost my footing a little. I needed to get balance, and quick. I needed to reach out and stop myself from falling. I did. But in the act I forgot my precious mug. It crashed to the ground as I saved myself. I tried to pull my leg forward to ease the blow and potentially save it, but it was too late.
    My mug was dead. Smashed. Not even into a million pieces. Just large chunks torn from it’s ceramic flesh with surgical precision.
    I put up with the typical house mugs bought from Dunnes or whatever pottery shop you get them from. You know the type: shiny, with unoffensive colours strafing the edges in a “hooped” fashion.
    A year or two ago my loving girlfriend went ahead and took the plunge to buy me a new mug that caught my eye. It’s not a Ferrari mug. It’s an “F1” branded mug. It’s a decent substitute. Not as big as my old mug. Not as nice to hold. It also tears a lump from my soul knowing I benefited the pocket of Bernie Ecclestone. It serves coffee as well as a mug can.
    I have thought about stealing a large Starbucks mug several times over. But shame and guilt always rear their ugly heads when I attempt to slip my empty (except for left-over foam from my Cappucino), grande-sized mug into my bag in one of their outlets. I just can’t do it.
    And so, I write this as a plea. Not as a good example of a person who loves Blacknight (though loyal as I am), but as a person in need. I may not deserve the mug as much as others, but giving me a nice, big, lovingly made Blacknight mug will fill me with the same joy as my old Ferrari one. It’ll also fill me with adequate amounts of caffeine to support my crippling addiction. It will also save Starbucks a few euro on replacing one solitary, but stolen none-the-less, mug.
    And yes, that was a true story, written out of sheer boredom.
    (cross-posted on my blog, too)

  12. Chris Leonard March 18, 2010 at 04:57 #

    I think you should give me a mug for a very simple reason. I work with James B. at (that big yankee domain registrar), so this is a perfect chance for you to make him jealous, repeatedly, each time he comes into my office.
    Cheers,
    Chris

  13. Darren March 18, 2010 at 13:25 #

    I think I should get a mug because I drink tea for breakfast, dinner, supper, when I’m thirsty, and when Im hungry and am eating a bite.
    Problem is I usually have to go back for another cup or 2, as my mugs aren’t that big and I’ve the tea all drunk before I get through a decent amount of Rich Tea’s. Or I run out of tea before I have a bunch of code sorted out right.
    I’ve been told I drink tea like a heifer, not far off a horse right? 😛
    Good Luck to everyone!
    Right I’m away for another cuppa, or 2 as my Mug is but a small one.

  14. James March 18, 2010 at 16:35 #

    Ok, after reading Chris’ comment, now I -definitely- want to win the mug. I promise to give it a good home, and drive it to Cedar Rapids at least once each month.
    Once there, I will fill it with Diet Mountain Dew, and drink it very slowly, forcing Chris to watch until he is sufficiently demoralized and/or annoyed by my actions.
    J.

  15. George March 18, 2010 at 18:55 #

    I deserve to get my hands on that mug because I too love coffee and it would look great on my desk.
    However, I bring something to the fore for all you coffee lovers, even those at blacknight! If you drink coffee then you know you need to be drinking ground coffee, preferably from one of the coffee producing regions in Ethiopia. Instant coffee simply does not give you those full flavours.
    Want to make amazing coffee in 30 seconds from ground with a start up cost of circa 30 euro?
    Check out Aeropress coffee maker.
    http://www.firebox.com/product/1320/AeroPress-Coffee-Maker?via=ser
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerobie-80R08-AeroPress-Coffee-Maker/dp/B000GXZ2GS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1268938445&sr=8-1
    It really is amazing. I’m a convert, and I have spent quite a bit on different coffee machines in the past.
    Don’t forget. Buy fairtrade coffee and check out the DVD, ‘Black Gold’, a really eye opening DVD on the coffee trade. (Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Gold-Nick-Francis-Mark/dp/B000RWDXVE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1268938699&sr=1-1)
    All the best,
    George

  16. TheChrisD March 18, 2010 at 19:43 #

    I wanted to write a post for this, but couldn’t think of anything.
    So I made the bear write one: http://www.thechrisd.com/blog/2010/03/18/mugs-and-things

  17. Cormac March 19, 2010 at 13:35 #

    As the only boozy narcissistic mug in the office, I’ve become rather lonely. Another mug with my name on it full o’ booze is just the remedy.
    Gimme gimme gimme…

  18. Eberhard W Lisse March 21, 2010 at 22:56 #

    Because I am the African to post to this blog?
    el

  19. Queen of Pots March 21, 2010 at 22:58 #

    I am SO tired…..
    My deserving blog post (*cough*) is at http://www.queenofpots.com.
    (http://queenofpots.com/?p=211)
    Just let me know where and when I can collect the merchandise…..*clunk*….zzzZZzzzzZZZzzzzz…..

  20. Mark March 21, 2010 at 23:15 #

    I have suffered greatly since the “Great Mug Misfotune” of Christmas 2009. While writing this brings back a lot of heart ache & suffering, I feel that the opportunity to replace my loyal serving Mickey Mouse mug form Euro Disney with the awesome personalised Blacknight mug is something that I can not miss out on.
    While I’m not big on hot drinks, the extreme weather we suffered with during the winter forced me in to drinking a lot of tea/coffee/hot chocolates in order to avoid brain freeze. On xmas day while opening my presents, Mickey Mouse sitting nicely on the arm of my chair, I began opening my presents. After 2/3 packages were opened (obligatory socks & jocks), I came to the main present that Santa was nice enough to drop off the night before, I avoided the naughty list once again. 😉 Santa seemed to have wrapped this particular present quite well & with a swift tear of the wrapping paper, my hand went astray & knocked poor mickey off the arm of the chair on to the wood below. Shattered, both the mug & my heart!
    Receiving a Blacknight mug would mean I could move on from this tragic event.

  21. Dave Meier March 22, 2010 at 00:42 #

    Its not up to me to say if I deserve the mug or not.
    If I do “Great”. If I don’t “Ah Well”
    Just wondering though. Where did you get them made ?

  22. Uxbod March 22, 2010 at 07:28 #

    Why do I believe I deserve a mug ? Well for the simple reason it would go so well with my:
    * Black laptop
    * Black LCD Screen
    * Black Keyboard
    * Black Mouse
    * Black Desk
    * Black Filing Cabinet
    * Black Rack with appropriate colour servers
    * Black Phone
    Have to make do with one with cats on at the moment; not very cool for a IT pro really? is it ?

  23. Gisella March 22, 2010 at 12:25 #

    Short and sweet: to help me through our late night sessions … working hard for the community … oh come on, Scotland NEEDS one!

  24. http://getopenid.com/pjacob March 22, 2010 at 16:55 #

    Via this mug, Blacknight will help this Fire Fighters organization http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pagina-Oficial-de-Ajuda-aos-Bombeiros-de-Alcochete/365155239638 (in Portuguese) buying essential life saving equipment. I am contributing with €10 (they requested €1) and if I get a mug I will send €20.

  25. Martin Hannigan March 22, 2010 at 18:52 #

    I deserve a mug because I’ll pay for the shipping. 🙂 It would be nice to be one of the cool kids on the block with a Blacknight mug. I will fill it with good coffee on a daily basis and speak fondly of it whenever someone asks me how I came to posses such a prize. No good stories, no witty remarks, but definitely a shared good time and perhaps in Brussels (our Nairobi meet was moved to then) I will return the favor with a drink or four.
    Cheers!
    Marty

  26. helen March 23, 2010 at 07:06 #

    Well I think I should have one because I really really want one!
    Isn’t that reason enough?
    And I have a black things: cat, dog, computer things and a grey horse that really tries to be black by constantly rolling in the mud!
    If I photoshop you in the black knight getup riding a would be black horse will I get one?
    I shall eagerly await your decision in Brussels!
    helen

  27. Paul Gardiner March 23, 2010 at 12:02 #

    So why do I deserve the mug?
    As my infant so succinctly states why asked why?
    THATS THE WHY!

  28. Sean Owens March 23, 2010 at 12:02 #

    Because you’re worth it !

  29. Luke March 24, 2010 at 14:46 #

    I would like a mug, it would find a new home as a pen holder.

  30. paulo-jacob.myopenid.com March 24, 2010 at 19:21 #

    Ok, I raise my contribuition (see above) to €30 if I get the mug.

  31. paulo-jacob.myopenid.com March 25, 2010 at 12:14 #

    And the results are… ? 🙂

  32. Michele Neylon March 25, 2010 at 12:21 #

    Paulo
    We’ll give people until midnight tonight and then try to choose winners between tomorrow and Monday
    Regards
    Michele

  33. paul savage March 25, 2010 at 23:08 #

    my entry is in ! Phew, almost forgot to publish it.

  34. Terry Slattery March 26, 2010 at 14:47 #

    I want a mug , i need a mug , gimme a mag. Ahh go on ,go on , go on, go on, go on,, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on………………………………………………………………………………………..etc

  35. http://getopenid.com/pjacob March 31, 2010 at 23:03 #

    I have the feeling that the results are going to be announced on April 1st. And no one is going to believe it! 🙂

  36. http://getopenid.com/pjacob April 2, 2010 at 11:08 #

    Hey guys, any update on the winners? 🙂

  37. Queen of Pots April 4, 2010 at 20:19 #

    Luke, ye can’t use the mug as a flipping PEN holder?? Who’s going to see it? Unless you work in the bank or something…no wait…..
    Anyway, I already have a small backpack with the Blacknight Mug’s name on it. I’m taking it travelling with me! It’ll be photographed, brimming with strong, milky, coffeerly goodness, beside (me) outside and inside the most amazing sights in the world!!
    We’re starting with The Clonmel Well! 🙂

  38. paul April 7, 2010 at 09:59 #

    Still waiting here, wondering if we will get one of these. 🙁

  39. Michael McGrath Kilkenny April 7, 2010 at 14:47 #

    Alright, as a Professional Photographer here in Kilkenny for 44 years, if you send me a mug I will do a professional photograph of it, that you can use, here in my Dominic Street Studio !
    Anyway I need someone to tidy up my Yola site and sort it out with an .ie domain – you have the job !
    Cheers,
    Michael .

  40. Michael McGrath Kilkenny April 7, 2010 at 16:47 #

    or a .com would do either, but preferably a .ie for that yol site of mine – Yola allows this, no problem.
    So send me the mug and a pro forma invoice right now, thanks .
    Michael .

  41. cormac April 8, 2010 at 12:17 #

    Drum roll….

  42. Michele Neylon April 8, 2010 at 20:16 #

    Sorry about the delay with this – I’ve been asking our staff to look at all the entries and between them reviewing the entries and me being stuck in meetings it’s all taking longer than I would like

  43. SEO Birmingham June 29, 2010 at 16:46 #

    I deserve to get my hands on that mug because I too love coffee and it would look great on my desk. Though I would probably sell it in ebay after few months :op