Around 7:30am Thursday morning I’m sitting at my desk sipping coffee #1 of the day. I decided to put up an old post about job-seeking advice to Hacker News. I’ve put up posts in the past that have resulted in 1-2 up-votes or comments. Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting much.
Come 2 hours later and I start to see some twitter activity (I’m not very active on there either) towards my handle. I check Hacker News and I see my post on the front page with a bunch of comments and +250 up-votes.
All in all, this spot on the front page ended up sending ~17K people to my site. The comments on the post were largely negative (which is always fun to read) but the most encouraging part was advice shared by other users. Net/Net I’m chalking this post + comments as a net positive to humanity.
People who hate may cause a first reaction from you but it’s no big deal
Be prepared for any post you write to appear on the front page of Hacker News. 99.9% of them won't, but if you might get lucky
I need to focus on good content and continue to promote posts
This was fun
Stats from hitting the front page
Disclaimer: None of these are particularly impressive, but purely sharing to show what happened before and after