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Blog entry by Eric posted 04-22-2009 10:27 AM 1090 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’s a blog out there called Instapundit, written by a law professor named Glenn Reynolds. Instapundit used to be so widely read (may still be) that if he ever linked to another blog, that blog got such a tremendous volume of traffic that it sometimes gave them bandwidth issues with their host. That flood of traffic became known as an “instalanche”.

Well in my short time as a woodworking blogger, I have found myself twice the willing victim of a Schwarzalanche. The first time was when I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to continue the blog at all. I had zero readership, and was just testing the waters. But an email conversation with The Schwarz resulted in his posting my first attempt at building a Roubo - with Legos! From that post, look at my site’s traffic:


From that time on, I started regularly(ish) blogging about my woodworking. It was no surprise to me, then, when my "winning" entry in the Most Pathetic Workbench contest (also run by The Schwarz) created another Schwarzalanche. Check it out:


So what did I do with my [second] 15 minutes of fame? Blogged once in about a month. Heh.

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 04-22-2009 12:21 PM

That is insterting.

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 03:45 PM

i read schwarz’s blog daily. I’ve started to read the blogs he links to. my only complaint is that the linked blogs aren’t updated all that regularly, but I guess not everyone gets paid to blog… It’s interesting to see his impact.

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#3 posted 04-22-2009 10:34 PM

It was known as the Slashdot Effect long before Instapundiit came along.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 12:42 AM

Yeah, but “Schwarzalanche” sounds so much cooler than “SchwarzDot Effect”. :^)

-- Eric at

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#5 posted 04-23-2009 03:28 PM

The Schwarzinator does kick blog butt.
He is a helluva writer and an excellent woodworker.
Besides being a top dog at Pop Woodworking, he runs that Woodworking Magazine which is really something.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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