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Bugs in the Wild: WordPress Total Views

Posted by Steve on February 21, 2008

There was a bug that I noticed today (as well as in the past few months) right here in wordpress. There seems to be an issue with the ‘Best Day’ and ‘Total view’ count on the blog stats page.

As can be seen in the attached picture, it says that my best day was ‘ Saturday September 23rd 2006’. This is impossible since I did not start this blog until September 2007. Furthermore the Total view count is terribly low, it is marked as 35, when I know for a fact I have many times received 35 views in a single day.

I find it odd that this bug has been present for about 2 months or so now. The problem is intermittent though. I have seen days were it actually has been fixed and does display the correct numbers. I also am very curious as to how they calculate those numbers, because all of the information is available from different sources. There is a graph that displays page views per day and there is also a section where an actual count is given per post that you have made. It seems odd to me that these functions work properly but the one mentioned above does not. It just shows that because one similar feature works does not necessarily mean that all the related others will.

–Steve

PS: I have done a little research and it appears tickets have been opened to let wordpress know of the issue.

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The Search for Perfection and the Fear That Motivates it.

Posted by Steve on February 19, 2008

It has been a while since my last post. This was a combination of two things, firstly I had a busy few weeks in my personal life, but secondly because of the recent increase in traffic I have been feeling like I want to make a really good post, something really insightful, therefore when I would get ideas for posts, I would question them… ‘is this really good enough to put up’, and I would often answer no. In this situation the search for perfection, was holding me back; so I began to consider where else this may apply to life, and realized it occurs in many areas.

I began to look at the reasons behind why I wanted a perfect post and came to the realization that the real root motivation was fear; fear of posting something that would have people say ‘wow that was a waste of my time, why did I read that?’, or that it would be ‘worse’ then my other posts; thus I was somewhat unable to act because of these feelings of fear. I began to think how the fear was a fear of not being good enough, that the next post I made would be inadequate. This lead me to think of where specific examples when fear has held me back in the past and the present. Here are a few quick examples:

In the fall I played a few indoor soccer games with my two friends, I wasnt officially on the team, but I filled in whenever they knew they were going to be shorthanded. It was a fairly skilled team, so I felt nervous about my own skill level because I didnt want to disappoint my friends or let down the team. This nervousness lead to fear of making mistakes and being inadequate. Once this fear was in place I never made any risky plays, over thought my moves, and was generally nervous. All these things led to me playing worse then I usually would, I was acting reserved, holding back, which when playing a quick game like indoor soccer is detrimental to over all play. So it was the fear of inadequacy that held me back, if I had been confident in my abilities and not worried I would have played much better.

Another example is from my classroom experiences at University. There are many times when I will know the answer to questions, or at least be 90% sure of the answer, and yet not answer it, because of the fear of being wrong.

I got a little off topic, but its an interesting area to explore, all of the things that we are missing out on because we fear doing them. Maybe its that project at work that you are not sure you can tackle, or that girl in your book club that you’ve had your eye on for a while, it could really be anything. The longer we let fear hold us back, the longer we will be thinking of what could be, instead of living in that reality. I am getting a little philosophical here, but my point is that if something is really worth pursuing, there is most likely a chance that failure will ensue. These chances have to be taken, its the life experience (whether it is a success or a failure) that we get out of these events that really make a difference, and help to shape our futures.

If it is worth doing, it most certainly is worth failing at. I try not to think of the failures that might happen, but instead think of the lessons taht I’ll learn (even in failure), I also think of the the rewards I’ll receive in success.

–Steve

Failure is but another vessel where knowledge can flow.

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