Well as a lot of you may have noticed all of my sites including this one were basically down last night. The reason for this is because my favorite video game easter eggs article made the front page of digg. Now ThinkComputers can take a digg without a problem, but TG is based off wordpress which uses a mysql database. ThinkComputers does not use a database at all. My setup is just one server for both http and sql so the box got overloaded. I will be purchasing a second server and have them load balanced.
The digg was a good test to see just how well the server could handle things. I was 90% sure the article would make it to that front page. Here were a few reasons.
Well it was Easter! Just look at the title, people are definitely gonna digg it just because of the title and its easter!
There was no other story like it. I checked digg before I submitted the story. It’s pointless to try to submit a story if there are duplicates. Luckily no one had thought of the idea. Not very often that happens on the internet!
The last thing that gave me an edge was that the story was not the best game easter eggs of all time (there are tons of articles like that), it was a list of my favorite that I actually experienced. This sort of personal feel to the story will bring back memories for other gamers of their favorite easter eggs and they will digg it just for that. You can see in the comments a lot of people were pointing out their favorites.
Hopefully this digg will get ThinkGaming some return visitors. Now I just have to think of more interesting articles to write!