I got almost 1,000 hits that day, and around 500 the day after. Since I don’t usually get that many visitors, the effect was quite noticeable.
I wanted to collate all the stats so that anyone interested could see the effect it had on my site stats.
But once I’d started writing it, I couldn’t get around to finishing it – even after sitting down to it five or six times.
So now I’ve killed it.
Why? I can think of three reasons.
1. I couldn’t get the full stats – I could only find evidence of where about 50% of the clicks had come from, and that doesn’t make for much of an insight. (Of the referrals I could identify, 42% came from HN, 28% from Google Reader, and 10% from Twitter).
2. I think there’s a limit to which anything I could say about my post’s stats would be relevant to anyone else’s – people post all manner of tech-related things on Hacker News, so the response to any given individual link must surely vary considerably.
3. Most importantly – I got bored. I didn’t really want to write it enough to finish it.
Contrast that with the post on how to make a website – that one took me over a month and 10-12 sittings.
Thankfully, it made me reflect on why I finish certain posts, and why others fall by the wayside.
And I got a post that I enjoyed writing out of it!