Ever wonder what happens when you get Dugg?
I started up this blog in early February, the day after I got my MacBook. It was going to be cathartic for me - something to break up the time I was spending while building the foundation for my next company.
Because I included a reference to my blog in my sigs at Mac-Forums I started getting a little traffic. With friends and the folks from that forum popping in I was averaging about 20 unique visitors a day. The nice folks at Digital Apple Juice asked if they could reprint my blog there. Sure, why not? That also generated some traffic.
I was running Google Analytics and, other than a mental lapse for a couple days in late February where I removed the tracking script, my traffic looked like this:
Up to this point in time I had 716 visits and 1,441 page views. It was simply bubbling along.
I noticed that the folks at Digital Apple Juice were getting digs on their articles so I figured I'd try that myself. I added the little Digg box in the top right of my templates and submitted my first post about a Windows developer getting a Mac. I did this on Thursday, March 13, in the morning.
I got a couple of Diggs that first day. Just a few though. Friday morning I checked on my stats and it looked like I was getting a spike in traffic. I went out to lunch with a friend and while away I was besieged with e-mails telling me that people had been commenting on my blog. Suddenly iChat was popping up windows from friends telling me that I was on the Digg front page!
There were nice comments, strongly opinionated comments and some flat out "hater" comments in there. I immediately took the anonymous commenting functionality off because there was a direct correlation between the "you suck..." and anonymous. They all wanted to cast stones while wearing masks. Mob mentality at its finest.
Fortunately I use Blogger to host this blog because this is what my traffic looked like by Saturday morning:
For Friday alone I had received over 1800 diggs, which translated into 63,694 visits and nearly 93,000 page views. Saturday dropped to 11,762 visits and nearly 18K page views. The 15 minutes of fame that being Dugg affords is now passing. It was a bit of a rush to get up into the Top 10 topics on Digg (#5 was the highest I saw).
So what made that particular post tip? Clearly it was because the Windows vs Mac argument continues to bring heated debate. I imagine if I put up a post about Linux vs Windows it would likely also bring lots of traffic, though there are many posts like that on Digg that never generate any traffic. Clearly something hit a nerve. Was it the fact that my picture - which got sucked in from the about me part of the page - made it a personal statement? Likely it was a combination of those.
If I was driving traffic to this blog to monetize it with ads (which I am not) it may be worthwhile to try creating controversy to drive traffic, though that doesn't really sound like a fun business to me.
As an entrepreneur that builds applications that use the Internet I continue to be fascinated by what makes a meme happen. My little flirtation with Digg popularity finally gives me some data points on it that I know are real. I hope by sharing this with you that you find something valuable in it as well.
I just want to mention a little piece of software that I like having on my Mac. Its called Applejack http://applejack.sourceforge.net/.
Keep up the good work!
I switched to Mac about March 2005, shortly after the Mac Mini was introduced. I had been hearing good things about OS X, and the low price of the Mini spoke to me that Apple was at least willing to meet potential switchers halfway. In the three years since then, I have also purchased two iPods, and Intel Mac Mini, and a MacBook Pro. I still have my Windows computer, but the only thing I use it for now is backing up my Windows PDA. I'm hoping that the SDK for the iPhone will make it possible for me to fully dispense with Windows. All I need to really do that are e-book, word processing and spreadsheet applications for the iPhone and I'm there!
I discovered your blog through Digg and whats ironic is that I took up the Mac at almost exactly the same time started using yours. I got my MacBook (Black version) delievered around last week of Jan. Ok a bit about myself: I just started pursuing Masters in Computer Science and the reason I shifted to the Mac was to avoid Vista. Why I wanted to avoid vista? Well the biggest reason is that I have spent 5 hours trying to get my roommates vista laptops connect to our WiFi router. Those are 4 different vista laptops who all want to connect to linksys and wont forget a wifi network they encountered earlier and...........
Ok anyways just wanted to tell you one important thing about development. When I had to do my assignments I didnt have to download GCC or LEX/YACC for creating compilers like other window friends out there. It was all built in!! Seriously, open up the terminal and you got bash! This is a full fledged unix machine inside that you can use to program! You will love developing software on mac. Also I use "Smultron" as my text editor. It is a pretty printer for almost all the languages you have out there.
Ok in the end all I wanna say is this: People convert to mac everyday and only a few document the experience from a developers view. And you're one of them. So thanks!
Now, I would like to ask a question... you got a Macbook, but not a Macbook Pro... do you find the Macbook has enough power, or do you wish you had got the Macbook Pro. I have been looking at the Macbook Pro for a while now and I will probably go for that if/when I get one... unless your experience tells me otherwise.
Thanks, and keep up the great blog.
I love the portability of the MacBook. For a little 5lb laptop it packs a pretty significant amount of power. By far that's it's biggest strength for me over the MacBook Pro - though it wasn't that much of a difference really. I've been playing with VMWare fusion and it's a great way to get Windows XP running smoothly and still keep my Mac applications around.
The biggest advantage that the MacBook Pro has over the basic MacBook is the better display size and a separate graphics system. The MacBook uses shared system memory and CPU to drive graphics. Most of the development tools out there are not graphics heavy so I don't think that has too much of a hit on the MacBook. The display size is an issue though. You can get a Mini-DV adaptor and drive an external monitor, though that's not really how I use this machine.
I still haven't installed Microsoft Visual Studio into my VMWare Fusion based XP environment; I just haven't had time. My gut feeling is that it will be serviceable but I'll probably want more horsepower.
The Visual Studio environment is pretty demanding, especially when using the data set editor and class designer - there's a pretty heavy CPU hit when the code refactors. I could probably make do with the MacBook but I wouldn't want it as a primary machine for day to day development. I would probably get the MacBook Pro for that.
I'm actually planning on getting a Mac Pro (tower) system in the near future. My MacBook is going to be my complimentary machine at that point.
My advice to you would be that if you are going to be doing serious development work on the machine get a MacBook Pro.
Lots of random thoughts in here man - this is a blast of consciousness comment. I hope it helps.