Brian Gilham

Engineering leader, husband, and father

What Happens When Your Post Hits the Top of Hacker News

Friday, on a whim, I submitted Be Kind to Hacker News. Touchy-feely stuff tends to be hit-or-miss with that crowd, but it felt relevant. Much to my surprise, it hit the top of the front page within the hour and stayed there all day. And most of the next day. By the third day, it had only dropped to #22 or so. Insane. I’ve had a lot of people ask about the results, so I thought I’d quickly share some numbers.

Friday, on a whim, I submitted Be Kind to Hacker News. Touchy-feely stuff tends to be hit-or-miss with that crowd, but it felt relevant. Much to my surprise, it hit the top of the front page within the hour and stayed there all day. And most of the next day. By the third day, it had only dropped to #22 or so.

Insane.

I’ve had a lot of people ask about the results, so I thought I’d quickly share some numbers. Each of these is over the course of three days, or so.

  • 2429 points & 429 comments on Hacker News
  • 99,388 unique visitors to my site
  • 742 new subscribers to my newsletter, the Monday Mailer
  • 70 emails from new subscribers, followers, or folks just saying hi
  • 90 new followers on Twitter
  • Around 1600 mentions on Twitter
  • Three new followers on Medium
  • 4 hours before I turned notifications off on my phone 😱

I’ve been blown away — and thankful — for the incredible response.