Almost in spite of my paltry efforts to drive traffic to ZombieGameWorld.com in the entertaining but fundamentally flawed Pimp My Portal series, i wrote a blog post that completely blew up last week. Apparently it’s less enjoyable to see me grovel for money than it is to see me lie my way into absconding with all the money, even when that money is made of plastic.
The post hit the front pages of Reddit, Kotaku, Gamasutra, Hacker News, PCGamer, Ars Technica and Rock Paper Shotgun in the course of a week. Within a few hours of being on Reddit, my host took my site down in what they were calling a DOS attack. i assured them it wasn’t, and begged them to keep my site up. No dice. The traffic to my site “could compromise the experience of visitors to the other accounts that shared server space” with mine. The site’s finally back up on another server. Needless to say, i know a lot more about transferring files, database entries, and nameservers than i ever did.
Here’s what it takes to trigger a DOS warning with your standard $7/mo shared web hosting package:
Shut it down! SHUT IT DOWN!!
Yeah. Thirty thousand people tried to hit the site before the host pulled the plug. (Sorry if i’m shattering the illusion here, but no – the Untold Entertainment blog does not usually pull in 30k visitors on a regular basis). i love how the spike completely flattens the regular traffic graph. (Side note: this graph also looks remarkably like a profile view of me waking up in the morning)
Someone posted a mirror site that pulled in maybe another 10k people, and i re-posted the article on Gamasutra, which got featured in the blog sidebar. So all in all, over fifty thousand people read (or read about) the article. How has this affected sales of my similarly entertaining and informative book, Unity 3D Game Development by Example, you ask? Purchase a copy and i’ll be sure to let you know.
The Most Expensive T-Shirt I’ve Ever Owned
Fame like this is definitely short-lived, so i decided to milk the last ounce of notoriety from it that i could at the IGDA Toronto Chapter meeting last night:
This is the best and most shameless stab at fame whoring that i could come up with. Well … this, and my upcoming appearance on Get Me Out of Here – I’m a Celebrity. Tune in next Tuesday at 8/7 central.