As for the under-the-hood stuff, the Restful Authentication Plugin made it embarrassingly easy.
Late, late. Must sleep now.
Lifehacker is one of my favorite blogs. I hadn’t thought to submit a link to GuitarCardio.com to them, mainly because GC seemed to me to have a niche appeal, rather than being the sort of general-interest productivity tool that LH usually features.
So imagine my surprise when I saw GuitarCardio turn up on Lifehacker’s RSS feed!
Thanks to the Lifehacker crew for thinking enough of the site to post about it.
And I’ll tell you what, I can’t WAIT to log into Google Analytics tomorrow.
As I mentioned previously in this space, I’ve written a web app called GuitarCardio.com. Of course, posting about it here informs nobody but a few family and friends, and then only a few days later when they get around to checking the site. Likewise with my Twitter feed (which as an even more circumscribed set of people who care), Facebook, etc.
I also post to a few guitar-related blogs and fora, and I got a few hits from that. It’s not lots of traffic, but the people who came were at least interested in the topic.
The other night night, on a lark, I put GuitarCardio on StumbleUpon, which is a neat little tool for finding new stuff on the web. Within hours, I had over 5,000 new visitors. In the past 48 hours, it became over 12,000 new visitors, many of whom were staying at the site. GC peaked at #2 on the del.icio.us popular links, and made the front page of popurls. People actually gave pleasant, useful comments on the blog, and I got linked on Twitter and on multiple blogs.
I’m not so much bragging about any of this, but more expressing how agog I am at the whole notion. It had not occurred to me that any of that stuff might happen.
The even better news is that the site stayed hyper-responsive (within the limits of a good shared host) through the whole traffic wave. A few 500 errors or “sorry, my database is bogged” messages, and you’ve dug a pit of negative goodwill from which your site might never emerge.
So, lessons learned:
All the activity was really a surprise to me, as this is the first time I’ve put something (of my own, anyway) on the web that anyone I don’t know was actually interested in. (This is no great surprise – my interests and priorities intersect with those of the general population only rarely.) So thanks to all those who did care enough to say something nice about GuitarCardio – who voted it up on StumbleUpon, and who tweeted, blogged, and bookmarked it.
Now, I need to digest some of the great feedback I’ve gotten on the GuitarCardio blog, pore over the Google Analytics data, see how my ads performed, &c.
And then, I’ll be making the site even better. The GC blog will cover the features I add and when I’ll be unveiling them, and I’ll be posting about technical lessons learned here.
My guitar practice sessions were getting a little stale, so I did what any serious geek would do – I wrote a tool to generate random exercises. Enough guitar-playing friends thought that sounded like a good idea that I put it up at GuitarCardio.com.
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