Discontinuous

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We don’t often look at the stats for gulker.com, being content to blog away in obscurity for the most part. As we were playing with the WordPress stats plug-in we noticed the chart above. Whoa! We musta done something really bad in week 13 (March 22 – 28).

Or did we? We wrote about Harley Davidsons and Malcolm Gladwell’s popular book Outliers among other topics. You’d have though those would be of interest to someone. I’ll have to do some server-log sifting, but the answer could be something technical – like a change in the software or my configuration. At this point, I don’t know.

Similarly, I stepped on the scale yesterday, and found myself some 4 lbs. lighter. True, I have been watching the diet since we returned from France, though, amazingly I didn’t gain weight somehow during a month of bread, cheese and wine (among other culinary delights). I was thrilled, but less so this morning, when my old weight returned. Software glitch in the digital scale? Bio-bug in the body? Again, more information needed.

Anyway, we began to think about other discontinuities: the famous, and fascinating, chaotic behavior of population growth equations in which populations oscillate chaotically when the growth rate reaches certain ‘magic’ values. We wonder how this might apply to our viewership stats: we seemed to be growing nicely when the big crash occurred. Could there be a ‘hit recession’ underway?

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About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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2 Responses to Discontinuous

  1. Anonymous says:

    A small change in the Google algorithm, a new Adsense campaign, maybe a new product can redirect a lot of traffic.

  2. cg says:

    I need to find a log analyzer… I may just have lost a link from a high flow referrer…

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