Reddit Crashed MePosted by Phil Ferguson on September 6th, 2012 – 5 Comments – Posted in Uncategorized
Another bit of excitement here at Skeptic Money. In the past I have had trouble with volume spikes caused by a sudden increase in blog hits. However, after a few upgrades and a little more money out of my pocket the blog can handle a spike up to 7 – 8,000 hits per hour. I expected that it would be plenty.
Well, my post about Ken Ham and Bill Nye went to #1 on Reddit Atheism and was on the front page for all of Reddit. It got almost 2,000 (net) up votes and 2,000 comments. At the peak over 10,000 hits per hour were coming to the blog and the server crashed.
Now the big dilemma: Do I spend more money to cover a crazy spike that may never happen again or allow the blog to crash at the moment that so many people want to visit?
I know first world problem!
I thought I had another solution. I had been working with a group that hosts a lot of bloggers and we had agreed to all of the details and I even signed a contract. However, at the last minute they had a change of heart and decided to not add Skeptic Money. It is not so much that they turned me away but, how it happened.
So, now I am kinda sad about it all and part of me (a small part mind you) wonders if I am just wasting time doing a blog.
Am I making a difference?
Am I helping people think or at least see that religion is harmful?
Thanks for listening!