Thursday, 18 September 2008

Good problems to have

Last week, when I was on a tube train in Boston, I spluttered and coughed my way through a bit of slow burn asthma, explaining to the tallest member of Team Geek that my server was overloaded by the Black Boxes widget, and that I didn't normally cough this much but I wasn't used to the pollution.

Wow said he. You have some really great problems right now: you can't breathe because you're not normally exposed to pollution, and you're outta bandwidth because your viral went ... viral.

A great insight.

These are really, really good problems to have. Thank you universe.

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25000 hits today. Widget displayed 9000 times since last night. 600 new choices / blog entries. 15000 mystery blogs visited by blackboxers. Wow.

9 comments:

Fire Byrd said...

You are one clever cookie Ms Stray.
Just hope you got it patented and are making your fortune.

Caroline said...

OH. MY. GOD!!!!

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sheepish said...

Stray you are more than amazing that widget just blows me away.
Caroline says it all.

Stray said...

Fire Byrd, what a lovely thought ... but no, I'm not sure you could even begin to patent this sort of thing, and I am most certainly not making my fortune! If only I was on a pay-per-click :)

I did get paid to do the day or so of development work that it took to initially build it, which is really good of TFP / Harper Collins because there was no guarantee at all that people would love the widget, and I'd only scrawled a few lines describing it in an email.

However .. at the moment it's costing me money because it's using so much bandwidth on my server :)

I am hoping that people will feel a connection to Cas's book though, and if they spot it in Borders maybe they'll feel drawn to it and pick it up. I thought In Search of Adam was an amazing novel and if a few more people read Black Boxes, and then maybe also go back and order In Search of Adam then that would be a fantastic outcome.

Cas - I know. I know. I know. Aren't we lucky?

Sheepish - Thank you! It's lovely to see you here :)

trousers said...

Astonishing, it really is. You should be very proud!

Jude said...

It is the most fantastic idea and you are very clever and generous to have done it.

x

Kahless said...

Wow. You are clever.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

You are a victim of your own smartness Stray - however, the bell curve will level out sooner or later and the bandwidth will be given a bit of a rest. Balance, balance. Now breath deeply - sans pollution!

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