13.09.11 by Jeff

Dear faithful readers,

For some unexplained reason Google flagged our site as potentially harmful yesterday and probably gave several of you a scare. It was incredibly frustrating to see first hand the power that Google has to sewer a site’s reputation on the slightest suspicion. There was also no apology once they finally reviewed this site and saw nothing was wrong.

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I want to assure you the site is safe, and we have never, and will never attempt to put malware on your computer.

I also want to mention that while advertising does allow me to keep this site running I will not do anything at the cost of you, the readers. I want this to be a site that I would enjoy browsing myself, I don’t want you to have to close pop-up ads to read content. I hope you will give me the benefit of the doubt and trust that I am making every decision with you in mind.

I also want to apologize to those who received several emails in a row yesterday. We updated our wordpress version and for whatever reason it started sending out email notifications about old posts.  As much as I love having so many subscribers I chose to delete several thousand of you off the subscription list so you wouldn’t get bombarded with emails but sadly I couldn’t remove all of you before many emails were sent.

I want you all to know that I run this site because it’s fun for me. I’m not here to get rich, it’s not even about the art, I just love connecting with people. The minute this site becomes a place that isn’t fun for me or you I will shut it down. I hope I die before then.

Thank you all for supporting the site and allowing me to continue doing what I love everyday, I don’t take it for granted. This was one of the worst Mondays ever but it’s Tuesday now and it’s already a lot better.




PS – Huge thank you to my good friend Kyle, you were a huge help today (and everyday really).

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Max

    I hope you will never shut it down, love the site!

  • tristan

    the content speaks for itself

  • T

    You’re clearly a great guy Jeff, and I’m sure the majority of visitors on this site are genuinely appreciative to have a great sense of community and togetherness with like minded people (not to mention the fantastic content!) brought to our screens. Keep up the great work!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thanks T – it means a lot to me to have support from people like you

  • http://iamsirkel.blogspot.com SIRKEL

    Love you booooooom

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    appreciate it you guys!

  • http://www.maria-murray.com Maria

    I LOVE this site! Keep up the good work

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thanks for the love maria!

  • cris

    i saw the warning when i tried to open the site but i knew it was probably a google mistake so the only harm done was that i couldnt see the post ! but im happy the site is back on and the only harmed reputation is the one of google. keep rockin.

  • http://shadowladders.blogspot.com/ mokasi

    <3 boooooom :) !!!!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      !!! :)

  • http://frenchfire.tumblr.com alex

    seeing as this is the only site i view every single day, as i have done for the last two years, i can say with some certainty that it doesn’t give your computer malware. only inspiration and happiness.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      ^ best compliment

  • http://theunrealbride.wordpress.com Kismet

    Oh that sucks.. Google the almighty! Really scary…
    But glad it is up and running again-you can feel the love on this blog-don’t let anything stop you!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      i am feeling the love!!

  • http://www.chiparus.net Tomarus

    Really love your site, hope it will be here for the years to come. Don’t let yourself down by stuff like this, it happens from time to time. Booooooom is great!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thank you tomarus

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/introvertevent/ Andrenzo

    don’t worry dear, right now it’s all ok!
    keep it up!

  • Nate

    u tha man jefe!

    !viva la booooooom!

  • Tartine

    Looks like the website’s name is quite threatening… boooooom!!! XD (come on Google!)

  • http://twitter.com/mfbolla bolla

    What’s Booooooom without an O

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    you have all given me a huge boost! thank you

  • eighty

    welcome back and once more unto the breach!!!

  • http://www.ifrancis.co.uk Ian

    Hey, just wanted to say I love the site, it’s one of the only ones I check most days, I love the work that you showcase. I’ve been visiting it for the last few years and I’ve never had any problems with it. Good luck, hope everything works out ok.

  • http://japancinema.net Marcello

    Jeff, you are an inspiration for my own site. I visit Booooooom more then I visit Facebook, in this day & age that is saying something. Keep up the fantastic work!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thank you marcello!

  • Mason

    Never say die, booooooom!

  • http://charliegleason.com Charlie

    Well said, Jeff. We really appreciate you taking the time to explain the situation. Long live Booooooom!

  • Seb McLauchlan

    Jeff. Come to New Zealand. Have my babies. That is all.

  • http://www.alconic.it alconic

    Love. Keep it up.

  • mlt


  • http://www.jessicabeebe.com Jessica

    I love this site and I love it even more now. Thank you for taking the time to explain the situation, that’s impressive. Keep posting great work!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      the least i could do! cheers jessica

  • Danny

    I think google’s suspicious is based on the name boooooom (too many O) hahhaha and thats the charm of this site right?
    keep it up Boooom! (ups lesser O) :-p

  • http://workingonit candace

    Deep breath!! It’s all over now:) Your site and links could keep me busy for ∞ B∞∞∞∞m!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      oohh i like the idea of using the infinity in there great idea for a little logo – you rock candace

  • lapetitefaon

    I looooooove booooooom!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thanks katie!

  • Cassie

    We all love and trust Boooooooom! It doesn’t change because Google got their panties in a wad. I don’t think you need to worry at all. We’re still here!

  • http://www.chairmanting.com Carson Ting

    Glad it’s all sorted out! Never a doubt in you Jeff! Long live Boooooom!

  • Rhonda

    Thanks for hanging in Jeff. I think that Booooooom is a great site and I appreciate the heart and effort that you put into it.

  • shannon


  • Kyle

    your welcome, keep it up.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    you are all amazing

  • http://nielsbot.com niels

    if you are running wordpress, it’s possible someone cracked our site and put up some malicious content. happens. might want to check the message from google for details. (also could just be a mistake)

  • Zoe

    Love your site! Keeps me up to date. Thanks so much for all the amazing work.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thanks zoe!

  • http://www.joeybates.com Joey

    Thank you for doing what you love. I’m so glad I have been part of the blog. It has led to me connecting to so many people I wouldn’t have if Booooooom was not around.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      cheers joey!

  • filip

    Everything happens around this website means a lot for me. I honestly can say that it’s one of few things in the net truly living.
    Thanks for making my days.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      my pleasure filip

  • http://astroworks.wordpress.com astroworks

    Same sentiments! Hope everything is fine Jeff! I love your site. This is my daily routine every morning to get the juice flowing. Thank you again!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      seems to be all good now

  • Steven Duncan

    jeff, for lack of other words, I admire you.

    thanks for being a part of the way art has instilled desire inside of me. I’ve picked up an old canon eos at goodwill for 7.99 and snapping pictures has been a blast. This blog has been an absolute pleasure to stumble across, and has helped me develop my art! thanks a million.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      cheers steven this is really encouraging for me – feedback like this really fuels me to keep it going

  • http://marinamijatovic.tumblr.com/ Marina

    …I can’t bolive thaz google doesnt have the better busines then flag this site that if you ask me doent have to be checked…I am watching this site for about 2 yeasr maybe more, and I do bolieve that the nothing can chane it reputation in eyes of my freiend and me, and probaby other watchers…

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thank you Marinaaaa

  • http://about.me/vanessadtam Vanessa

    I’m glad everything worked out in the end! booooooom goes the dynamite.

  • Rebekah Todd

    I will continue to check the new postings errrday regardless of what Google has to say :-)

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      haha YES

  • fiorella

    thanks for being out there, jeff, and for your passion well-placed on this site. i love booooooooooooooom! you rock!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      you ROCK

  • http://www.quinteroquintero.com Iván Quintero


    I`d rather be in Booooooom for days than Google+ for minutes.

  • http://www.darmogul.com brother johnson

    You are awesome, I’d trust you to cut my hair any day!
    seriously, you and your site are one of a kind.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      ah thanks man

  • http://armandoepigrama.wordpress.com Armando

    I trust you! And love your site!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thanks armando

  • em

    Your passion and hard work have not gone unnoticed Jeff! It would take a lot for me to stop making this site a daily smile giver in my life – and clearly I am not alone. Hope your week is ending *a lot* better than it started!!
    Have a great weekend and if you do stop Booooooom before you leave this earth then I think you might have a few people tracking you down so we can keep enjoying your site!!!! big up your bad self x

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      Thanks for such an encouraging message Em i really appreciate it

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