A number of things happen when one of your blog articles reaches the front page of Digg.
1/ Your server crashes due to the high load
2/ You get an e-mail* from your host company’s abuse department:
We need to inform you that we had to send out our abuse team to impose some additional limits on the system resources usage for your account. These measures have been taken in order to cease a very high load on the server hosting davidairey.com. Your site is listed at digg.com (http://digg.com/design/What_makes_a_great_logo_2), which in particular caused the high server load.
To be more specific, we have:
– limited the number of processes your site can run at a time to 5
– assigned one of our team to keep a close eye on your account at all times
We have to ensure that any such high loads will not affect the covert operation of our server. For your information any high server load could affect the performance of all the other web sites hosted on the same machine.
3/ You receive a ton of negative comments on Digg:
“crap sandwich of an article”
“the article offers nothing”
“a really pointless article”
4/ You become paranoid about your own design skills
5/ You think about a career change
But what’s more…
6/ You don’t even get a t-shirt!
In saying all that, I am extremely grateful for those of you who ‘dugg’ my article and left positive / constructive comments, both on my blog and on Digg. Thank you kindly.
Now, I’m off to write a proper article about logos (not like these past logo design articles I’ve written).
*Some words in the e-mail may have been changed for effect.