Yesterday my post on Nasdaq ITCH made it onto Hackernews. I got over 1700 uniques, and 16 comments on Hackernews (all surprisingly nice for my level of knowledge on the subject). I have no idea if my site handled the traffic well, as I wasn’t watching and I have little more then Google Analytics watching the site.
I feel a little uneasy about it though.
I have this site to force myself to write. Hopefully to get even better at writing. Even when I have a half baked idea, I usually still post it. Forced release I suppose. Nothing has gotten the kind of attention that the ITCH post got though, and I’m wishing I had done more homework before I had published it.
On the other hand, I’m not going to come up with anything new about retrieval trees. I’m trying to learn and document my journey so I can remember it later. I’ve got to put something out, I just put it out. Otherwise I will have a whole pile of incomplete projects. That certainly can’t stand.
So.. so what? Maybe the goal is to work hard on the technical posts when real data is being found. That info is actually useful and should be presented well. The rant posts (like this) are probably fine to be a little more relaxed.
We’ll see how it goes when I release the next post, hopefully about putting a perfect hash into python through an extension. Then do some benchmarks to compare against Python’s build in hash. We’ll see how that one plays out.