I had read many accounts of the effects of a slashdotting, but this was my first personal slashdot experience. Obviously, the first thing I noticed was a “surge” in my stats. Which is a bit of a lie, cause surge is nowhere near the right word. Tsunami is more like it.
You can see the obvious jump on Friday. Unbelievably, most of that happened after 1 pm Central. As you can also see, the initial rush is the worst. The numbers themselves are somewhat low in comparison to some of the other accounts I’ve heard, but I credit that to the fact that I was nowhere near top billing on that particular article and the weekend had some effect(Also, the stat engine is java based so if a browser has that turned off, it will not show). As you can see, Monday the 27th was slightly better than Sunday. The stat from the 27th is from 5 pm on Monday so there was still some room to grow.
More important to a blogger than website hits are readership stats. I don’t have a graphic of it, but my readership stat on feedburner went from 17 to 63 on friday night. It then dropped into the low/mid 40’s for Saturday and Sunday and is in the low 50’s as of 5pm Monday.
One other important stat from the slashdotting is the increase in linkage. I’ve not got an exact count, but at last count I gained 7 honest links. As a way of comparison, I had a total of 31 links before the slashdot/origami extravaganza. In addition to the added links, I also managed to attain my goal of inclusion into the memeorandum engine. And also let me say this. I live in North Dakota. I do not have the time or money to attend the latest techcrunch party or a blogging dinner with scoble. I live nearly as far from the digital epicenters of the U.S. as one possibly can. If I can get into some of these so called “gated” online venues, there really are no gates. While this has by no means catapulted me into the A-list, I should be up around the S-list now. 😉