What a whirlwind!

It’s been quite the 2 days here in Peterland. My head is in a bit of a tizzy to be honest. The fun all started a couple of days ago when “Merlin Mann”:http://43folders.com picked up an article I’d written about the “hipster pda”:http://www.dadlog.com/index.php?id=9. I posted the article on almost cool, and also posted it with a few changes at “dadlog”:http://www.dadlog.com. From there, the article was picked up by “lifehacker”:http://www.lifehacker.com/software/productivity/index-card-conversion-100870.php and the traffic went wild.

“Dadlog”:http://www.dadlog.com, which has only been up for a little over a week, went from 30 visitors to 3500 overnight. I quickly added a “if you like what you see, come check out my other sites” link, and have been thrilled to see the traffic on almost cool jump through the roof as well. Even bicilog, which isn’t 24 hours old at this point has benefitted.

I know that particular visitor spike is a one time thing – today’s numbers, while still outrageously high, are about a third of yesterdays. What’s really making me glow with glee though, is the fact that I’ve had some really great feedback, and the number on the feedburner chicklet has crept up. Thank you very much to everyone who’s taken the time to read my stuff. I’m humbled.

I had some more great news in my inbox this morning. This is probably a bigger deal in the long run, but I’m not sure I can talk about it yet. Suffice it to say that I received news today that almost cool has been accepted into a group of blogs that are banding together to generate some more serious revenue. Once again, I am extremely honored to have been accepted.

I’m not entirely sure what this means just yet, but my hope is that it will be a step in the direction of letting me work a bit more on my writing and site analysis. I have something like a billion really interesting thoughts flying around my cranium, some of which may very well have an impact on how we in the design world work.

I know that sounds particularly mysterious and possibly egotistical. I assure you there is no ego involved; more like blind luck. The mystery will hopefully be cleared up soon, just as soon as I figure it out!

Finally, a note about the ads. One thing that became clear after yesterday’s increased traffic is that I’ll have to pony up for more bandwidth if my overall numbers continue to grow. I’m a designer, and as you know, we aren’t known for our extravagant salaries. I’m going to do some experimenting with the ad positioning, and possibly try out a few new things. I’ll let you know what I learn, so please bear with me if things get a bit messy.

One last thing: what do you think about the new layout? Any feelings about the right hand column changing places when you resize the browser?