Some days are far more productive than others, and today was one of those really busy days despite all of the other items that I needed to attack. Since changing a lot of the Evernote API code that's being used by 10Centuries, I've discovered that deleted notes are no longer removed from a website. The bug has since been squashed, but I'm very curious to know just how many other little issues might exist in the code.
Over the last few weeks the number of visitors to my Noteworthy-powered sites has more than quadrupled. Most people would be quite happy to see this happen to their site, but I was a little suspicious of seeing spikes in the my CloudFlare analytics. These sorts of things typically don't happen to blogs like mine because I don't write anything that would catch the attention of the big traffic sites. In an effort to find the cause of the extra traffic I wrote a quick little stats package that would validate the information being reported by CloudFlare. After just a week of testing, the numbers seemed legit … there were a lot of spikes in traffic, and they were coming in regular batches. But why?
Over the last few months I've been struggling with, what I call, the Demons of Self-Doubt. These apparitions are completely contained within our head, but often visit us whenever we try to accomplish good things. Phantom thoughts run through my head talking trash about everything that I'm trying to accomplish. Negative comments such as Who would ever trust you with their data for 1,000 years? and What makes you think you're better suited to host people's information than Google, Amazon, or Facebook? and You bash WordPress for being what it is, yet your software does less … much less. Perfectly valid questions and statements when it comes to the 10Centuries project, but it's not only this project that warrants visits from these chimeras1; they come whenever there is something new or different to be created. Why?
Two days ago I pushed out an update to Noteworthy that included some internal statistics functions, allowing people to record visitor statistics right on their site and seeing a happy little number every time they visited their dashboard1. I said at the time that I didn't like the implementation and would release an update, and I wasn't kidding. Today the 13D007 release of Noteworthy is available for download and it resolves many of the performance issues that could cause an older web server to choke and die if it received some heavy traffic as the administrator was checking the dashboard.
Guess what I've been doing this weekend. Last week two events coincided to make me want a simple statistics package to be built right into Noteworthy. First, there was a rather large surge of visitors to this site with no real explanation of why they were coming here, what they were seeing, or where they were coming from. Then there was a remark in a new Evernote book written by Lindsey Holmes about Noteworthy and it's need for a statistics package. Clearly this was something that at least two people would find useful from time to time, so why not build it?