Thursday 24 March 2005 — This is more than 18 years old. Be careful.
Monday night it occurred to me that my Myst birthday cake would appeal to readers of Boing Boing, so I filled in their handy “suggest a site” form. Three hours later, it appeared on the site: Myst island birthday cake. Something interesting always happens when Boing Boing links to me. The last time was in 2003 (Bizcard origami), and that resulted in my page becoming a top Google hit, which lead to ad revenue, which lead to a New York Times mention, and so on. So I was interested to see what would happen this time.
It’s only been two days, but already, stuff has happened. For one thing, my visitor traffic doubled (to about 6000 visits per day). The first day, as expected, it all came from Boing Boing. But the second day, I was surprised to get even more hits from a site I’d never heard of: Blues News, a compendium of video game news. In fact, there were so many hits (3000 compared to Boing Boing’s 2000), I assumed they had linked directly to an image (so that my hits were a reflection of their page views). But no, they had a simple text link to me, buried in a long page of text and links. They must have a huge readership.
The Boing Boing entry is now in the top ten results in a Google search for birthday cake, and of course, the first for Myst birthday cake. That last search reveals a previous Myst-themed cake, along with other geeky cake goodies.
That brought a smile. It's the game equivalent of saying "I seem to be getting a lot of hits from this user agent calling itself 'Internet Explorer'.... This 'Microsoft' company must have a large installed base."
Blue's is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) active game industry news sites around. Nice job getting linkage from there.
Real immature that is.
I thought our marriage was better than that! Next time, let me know when you're boing-boinging.
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