Weblogs inundated

Foxnews, Sky news and BBC news are all reporting stories on how weblogs are likely to be the first news souces for many people during the election. You know things are really bad when this happens:

C:>ping www.instapundit.com

Pinging instapundit.com [] with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

Dailykos reports:

I’m averaging several hundred thousand pageviews per hour right now. Forgive this site, and many others across the web, if we flake out every so often.

It’s not a fun time to be a web server.

And it’ll only get worse as results start streaming in.

Dan Drezner’s blog is down.
Samizdata is down.
Wonkette is down.
Kevin Drum is reporting:

A lot of blogs are hard to reach today. I don’t think it’s a DOS attack or anything like that, it’s just very heavy traffic. Mine is running about double its highest ever, for example.


Glenn Reynolds reports:

TRAFFIC PROBLEMS: It’s really high, and it’s causing intermittent outages. The swell folks at Hosting Matters are working on it. If the site goes down completely, I’ll post on the backup site.


(on a weblog only occassionally working) reports:

:01am is reporting that several “conservative” blogs (perhaps properly warbloggers) are/were down or have suffered denial of service attacks. Great idea! Because everyone knows how quiet and reserved bloggers are. . . Is Instamartyr.com taken?

Blogs down [601am.com]

UPDATE: Retaliation or just bizarro-world Unabomberism? TPM also down. Thought it could be that Josh’s massive intellect just finally burned through the wires.

UPDATE UPDATE: Everyone’s down: Atrios, Little Green Footballs, Daily Kos. . . it’s an indiscriminate evil who knows know political boundaries. Kind of like herpes. Really: It’s Hosting Matters that appears to be problem. . .

601am reports:

Blogs down

Hearing reports that a number of “conservative” bloggers are down: “Powerline, Malkin, VodkaPundit, Captain’s Quarters”

Buzzmachine (not conservative), and other seem down. And my day job has seen 100% spike in last hour in traffic. Something is going on.

Update: just spoke with my host and we are indeed under dos… there goes free speech.

November 2, 2004 01:44 PM

I would be surprised if someone was DOSing right wing blogs, alot of weblogs on both side of the spectrum are down thanks to huge traffic.