Last week I wrote a blog post that got way more exposure than I ever expected it to. It was a post that I had been brainstorming for a while and I finally sat down on Thursday night and actually banged it all out rather than just incrementally adding to my Evernote outline like I normally do.
Now before I even begin to go into the story of the post and the subsequent traffic it has received, I want to start by thanking everyone for reading, commenting, and sending over such kind feedback. It was really a great experience overall for me to see the response from you all.
The Traffic! Look At All The Traffic!
So I would imagine most of you are interested in what kind of traffic being in the top 5 of Hacker News can actually send to your site on a relatively normal day. Below are some screenshots of the traffic over those days, along with the referrer and social breakdowns:
Now here are the referrer stats for that same time frame along with bounce rate and all that jazz:
Pretty neat eh? Lot’s and lots of traffic, more than this blog has gotten all year combined I think. Sweet.
Also seems that I picked up another 60 or so RSS subscribers and roughly the same amount of twitter followers. Very cool.
A Journey Down Fail Blvd
I woke up Saturday morning to many reports of my blog hitting a Bandwidth Limit, effectively taking it down for most of the weekend. I reached out to my host’s 24/7 support line and didn’t get a response until late Sunday (I don’t think they know what 24/7 actually means). That was frustrating as I probably missed out on a whole extra day of traffic, but oh well.
On Sunday I was able to move this site over a fresh Linode running behind nginx and using W3 Total Cache. You can probably already tell it is much snappier. I still need to tweak my nginx settings to make sure the site won’t buckle under heavy load again, but since everything is cached, it’s pretty rock solid now. I might even hook things up to CloudFlare soon as well for that extra security blanket.
Lesson to be learned from my mistake:
So What’s Next?
Well, I have a few plans:
- A few of you asked if I could expand on some of the rules in my last post, to which I responded “absolutely!”. Now I should probably actually do that. In speaking with some friends, the idea of expanding each rule into its own few thousand word post could be a really nice way to fully capture what I’m going for with each idea, as well as provide a means of giving both good and bad examples of each rule.
- Even cooler is that if I can expand each rule into its own post, I could compile them all and clean them up into a single eBook that I would just give away here for free (I might sell a printed version I guess, mainly to cover the costs of printing and to say that I’ve officially printed a damn book). We’ll see, that will take some time to fully see through, but would be a fun project.
- I have plans to write out a Manifesto of my own personal beliefs when it comes to life and business that will extend far beyond these 12 Rules I wrote out. I have that fully outlined out, I just need to start cranking out some content. I’m hoping to start writing and publishing a post every other day from now on throughout the summer, so we’ll see how that goes.
- I have a few other random blog post ideas that go along with startup mentality and strategy that I think will be good to share here as well.
- Finally, I’ve been thinking about trying to contact and interview fellow startup founders and posting the interviews in a similar fashion to how UsesThis.com does their posts (a site which I am obsessed with)
So those are my ideas for the time being. I’m always open for suggestions, so send them over. You’ll probably also notice the snazzy new WordPress theme, gotta love ThemeForest 🙂
Happy 4th of July to all my American friends.