miscellaneous ramblings

Miscellaneous Ramblings is a place where we will post stuff related to MandalaGaba, mandalas, and other stuff related to that stuff.

The Reddit Tsunami

Yesterday, Ben posted the following post on Reddit’s r/InternetIsBeautiful sub-reddit:

Play with Recursive Drawing


We’re getting a decent influx of traffic onto Mandalagaba. As of this writing it is still ongoing peaking right now at 45 thousand visitors for more than 2 million hits.

Yesterday’s number were also faily overwhelming (29k visitors).

Reddit waves are quite something when you ride them. They allow you to test drive the platform’s performance, you get tons of user feedback, users giving you bug reports and on top of that you’re getting massive traffic.

Pretty productive use of copy-pasting a link.

It’s an art to master Reddit. Everytime I try I botch it and 80% of Ben’s postings generate results, and sometimes even climb their way up to the sub-reddit’s front page.

We got about 120 comments, most of which are very positive and helpful. Some are negative of course and some are both, like this one “This is pretty cool but man... sometimes this can also act as a migraine aura simulator”.

We got tons of polishing to do on the recursive drawing facet so this facet can be somewhat of a brain teaser right of the bat, even for us.

Anywho, here are two cool drawings that came out of this Reddit wave.

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The Power of One Stroke and the Reddit hug

We posted the GIF below on Reddit yesterday and it blew up. Here I have to post it as a video because SquareSpace doesn't accept images bigger than 20 megs, but originally its a GIF.

By blew up I mean it took off. Our stats skyrocketed. Just by posting a simple GIF with a catchy title on a popular website where people share stuff.

This isn't the first time that this happens. Every now and then Mandalagaba finds itself on Reddit and we try to make the most out of the attention. The user feedback is invaluable, we learn a few lessons about server load balancing and new users try their hands and bring new styles we've never seen before.

We noticed that GIFs worked really well for the type of content we publish. They are very popular on most sharing-driven environments. Have a cool simple video that you don't even need to play and you got yourself one nifty dopamine generating machine.

The story behind Mandalagaba

I just realized no explanations of how Mandalagaba came to be were present on this blog. That's unacceptable so here goes.

MandalaGaba was coded by Ben a cold winter day by a fire in a remote location in Vermont. No expectations, just an eagerness to code an online mandala maker that didn’t suck. An amazing Reddit post later and people are passing by everyday creating mandalas on the website.

User feedback was overwhelming. People found MandalaGaba to be a stress-reliever, a creativity enhancer, a cool mandala creator.

Users are given the possibility to save their mandalas, which in turn gives us the possibility to share those mandalas. You can see most of them on our Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mandalagaba/) and you can view some of our favorites in our "mandalagaba mandalas" gallery present on this website.

To code Mandalagaba, Ben does math. Real math with numbers and things. Absurd stuff that looks like this:


 He also doodles math thingies like this:


His 7 year old son Robin even lends a hand:

In Ben's own words " I love that Robin copies what I do no matter the understanding level, we’ve had lots of talks about what is going on.

In Ben's own words "I love that Robin copies what I do no matter the understanding level, we’ve had lots of talks about what is going on.

My name is Robin and am just here to help because I really like what MandalaGaba represents.

We are currently trying to make the website better by redesigning it, adding features and making it more collaborative. We don’t want to overdo it because we are firm believers that simplicity and efficiency beats complexity and overzealous design.

In the previous blog post you can see that we just released a new version of the website.

For people who have any kind of interests in drawing, addictive online thingies, mandalas, digital art, doodling, time wasting and procrastination, please feel free to give MandalaGaba a try.

Don’t forget to let us know what you think.