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.