Tired of hearing about Numa Numa Dance yet? Too bad... It was on the front page of the NY Times this Friday! Crazy, eh?
The good news about all this publicity is, it drives more eyeballs to everyone elses work as well. Yesterday was probably the highest traffic day in the history of Newgrounds! We had over 2.7 million Portal views and over 550,000 unique visitors (we usually have around 450,000 on a Saturday).
We have also continued to receive TONS of amazing submissions. It blows my mind... The submissions that win awards such as daily 5th place, had they been submitted a few years ago, would probably have been ranked some of the top content in the Portal. It's amazing how far everyone is coming with Flash. We'll need to make further front page adjustments to accomodate all the worthy submissions.
As the quality of submissions continues to rise, I don't want beginner Flash artists to lose hope. We definitely need to work to keep everyone involved in the community. I talked to some high school Flash classes this past week and found that while some of the students submit their work to Newgrounds, none of them have made it past the judgement phase. They all get blammed. The competition for placement on NG has definitely gotten tough over the years.
Not to say young artists can't compete - the creator of Proto and Sanitarium is only 16 years old, the same age I was when I started Newgrounds and I didn't have 1/10th his talent!
I finally followed through and updated the Flash Help section, to feature more user submitted tutorials. There is a lot of helpful information on this page that will hopefully make the difference between getting blammed and getting the front page for some people!
In other news... We are maxing out our 500mbps bandwidth connection. I am planning to take the plunge and up it to 600mbps this week. Hopefully some of these new visitors will stick around and become permanent fixtures of the Newgrounds community!