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๐Ÿ† Milestone #118 ยท

Small Successful launch of searchXKCD.com

Over the weekend I took a small break from everything and built a search engine for XKCD comics.

The Why?

Mostly for fun, XKCD has a few thousand comics and sort of an API and I wanted a reason to use Algolia search for something.

It originally spanned from wanting to build a search engine for digital comic creators, see DinosandComics ๐Ÿฑโ€๐Ÿ‰ or Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet. ๐Ÿ‘พ

The How?

I used Tails (tailwind builder) and Vue to mock up a quick search engine design. Then went to work scraping XKCD comics from their JSON urls, before uploading them all an Algolia Index. Finally finished by hooking up the search input to a netlify function and Algolia's search API.

The Results!

I tweeted about this a few times throughout the weekend but didn't get much traction. However, once I posted the finished version on the r/XKCD subreddit it kinda blew up throughout the day.

Reddit:

169 (nice) updoots, 20 comments, my first Reddit Award ๐Ÿฅณ

Plausible Analytics:

246 Unique Viewers 376 Pageviews

I didn't expect it to be as successful of a launch as it was, but I'm happy people are using it and giving feedback on how to improve it.

Feel free to check it out - Search XKCD


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