I started this blog a couple weeks ago because I wanted to share some protips I practice regarding productivity, health, programming, and general lifehacks. My second post about discomfort as a motivator created a little stir in the Hacker News community last week and I wanted to present the numbers I saw.
Let me come right out and say that I didn’t have analytics installed for the actual blog post, and I hate myself. Have I since installed analytics? You better believe it, sister.
What I can provide are some peripheral numbers I captured.
- www.bufordtaylor.com, a link on the top right of the blog post, got 700 hits over the course of the three days following the post.
- www.bufordtaylor.com links to my LinkededIn account, where I received 19 new messages. 17 from recruiters and 2 from seemingly inspired people just wanting to connect. It’s hard to say how many of those 17 recruiters saw the blog post or were normal lurking recruiters.
- The post got 203 votes on news.ycombinator.com. I also posted it to Reddit, where it got 2 upvotes. I realized that if I wanted Reddit’s upvotes, I should’ve written the blog in the form of rage comics.
- The blog was mentioned, tweeted, or retweeted a little less than 50 times. This number is growing.
- My Twitter followers increased by 100, and my Tumblr followers increased by 70. These numbers continue to organically trickle in as well.
- bufordtaylor.com also links to my Facebook, where I found 4 new messages as well as two friend requests regarding the post.
- As of this post, there are 260 Facebook likes on the discomfort blog, and my other blog post went from 6 to 30.
- When I walked into the Eventbrite office the next day, I found a few of my coworkers adopted standing all day, and they seem to like it. A few of my friends at Google, SimpleGeo, and Twilio have also confirmed they’ve tried and have become a believer in standing at work.
Overall, I’m humbled by the attention these posts received, and I’m glad that to see that they produced healthy results for some.