For those who have never heard of Stumbleupon, it is a bookmarking site as well as a little bit of a social networking site as well. I started using it sometime ago, but as there are just so many of these types of sites around, I added a bio and the mandatory information then promptly forgot about it. Months later I read more about the site and had another look and then decided to post a few of my favourites sites and of course a couple of my own.
It took some time to follow some other users and to have some follow me back and then well, nothing much happened at all really. But I continued and persevered for a few months. Adding a post or two, following a user or two, but with little enthusiasm. Then one day something did happen.
My blog completely froze and gave me a ‘Page Cannot Be Loaded’ message. So off I went on an immediate hunt to find out why. It took me some time because I was looking in all the wrong places, and even if I had an inkling of the problem I wouldn’t have known how to go about remedying it anyway. Therefore I didn’t find the problem and decided to try another alternative. Wait half an hour and see what happened.
During that half an hour I popped into Stumbleupon by sheer chance. There at the top of my page was my problem. My server had been hit by over 1,500 visitors in less than fifteen minutes. Yes, from Stumbleupon. As my site is on a very normal everyday type server, this was a bit too much for it to handle. But what a nice problem to have.
This happened some months back now, but as you can imagine, I now use Stumbleupon regularly. The image with this post shows the hits I received on a recent posting. I took this screen shot only thirty minutes after the top item was posted on my blog. As you can see, somedays don’t attract much interest, but then something will gel with ‘Stumblers’ and you get to be the lucky recipient of a bucket load of traffic to your blog. And maybe a frozen site for a few minutes. Worth the effort? You bet.