In the techie world, making the front of Slashdot is a big thing or for some, a really bad thing. The bad thing is that it can bring your server to its knees with the amount of traffic it can send your way .. luckily in my case that did not happen. The big thing is that you are on the radar for a while and if you lucky (which I was), also get a few Google ad clicks.
As mentioned before, I got slashdotted and here is a screenshot to commemorate that occurance.
This screen capture is from my Google Reader RSS feed of Slashdot. The highlighted piece above is the text that was link to my blog post.
While I am typing this, the pageviews of that post and other posts on my blog are still climbing. It will be interesting how long the traffic will last and to what levels it will return? Interesting times for a little blog like mine. Would it not be nice to have this kind of traffic each and every day? Think 6000 visitors per day can generate a fair amount of advertising income. Should I re-consider my day job? 🙂 .. think not.
Technorati Tags: slashdot, traffic, pigeon, telkom, advertising
As mentioned in a previous post, a Pigeon raced against Telkom today to transfer 4GB of data over a distance of about 70km.
To no-one’s (well maybe the management of Telkom 🙂 ) surprise, Winston, the pigeon won by a lot of bandwidth to spare. It took Winston only 2 hours 6 minutes and 57 seconds to transfer the data from Howick to Hillcrest.
Congrats to Winston, hope he got a nice bowl of yummy seeds to munch on. The question now remains – will carrying data between Howick and Hillcrest become Winston’s full-time job.
Technorati Tags: winston, pigeon, bandwidth, race, telkom
Looking at my blog stats this morning, I almost fell off my chair. To give you some idea, the traffic on this blog is less than 50 pageviews (around 40 visitors) a day and yesterday and overnight it skyrocketed due to a Pigeon I wrote about.
The Pigeon article alone has almost 4000 views at the moment and here is some graphs that show my blog traffic over the past couple of days:
Blue: Pageviews – Yellow: Visitors
From: Google Analystics
This is from WordPress Statistics.
So where did the traffic come from:
Yes, as can be seen, I got Slashdotted and my blog survived. Here is the story on Slashdot: http://idle.slashdot.org/story/09/09/08/1414248/SAs-Largest-Telecomms-Provider-vs-a-Pigeon?from=rss. It was even on the front page of Slashdot for a while.
What I am really glad about is that I moved this blog not so long ago to a new host. If this was the old host, it surely would not have survived. My new host, Dreamhost, handle this kind of traffic without any problems.
Technorati Tags: slashdot, pigeon, race, telkom, dreamhost, stats