Ranking #1 on HN in the December Dead Zone
Lspace Diaries retrospective
For those who weren’t aware (you would be if you were subscribed on email!), I started a separate AI blog, L-space Diaries, this year to 1) try out Substack in anger and 2) create a focused feed on a topic rather than a person (I also started DX Tips for devtools/devrel writing, but have been accordingly distracted).
Yesterday my first piece to hit 1st place on HN happened and I figured I would share some stats for those who cared.
It was on front page of HN for 15 hours on Dec 28: https://hnrankings.info/34165522/
It was also featured on the Ben’s Bites daily recap (currently at 15k subs) today.
This brought in 27k views and 150 new subs, vs 7k/62 for a “normal” issue.
The piece probably took about 12 hours to write in total, from doing the initial work on Notion AI, to writing it up (which involved a complete repro of the work to create the reverse prompt engineering tutorial) to publication and post-publish social support.
I’ve been enjoying the AI blogging as it is The Current Thing, but feel quite a bit of impostor syndrome since I have no background for it and the knowledge here is very steep.