Views per Month: Grew by 10k in 20 Months, then by 20k in 10 Months,
then by 30k in 9 Months. This is classic exponential growth.
Addicted to Numbers: An Old Theme Returns!
Brace yourself for a shocker: I’m a bit obsessive about numbers. I’m actually addicted to monitoring MY numbers, and I have many to monitor: website stats, book sales, etc. I probably check each of my stats three times a day. At least.
Funny thing is, these stats don’t directly translate into much. The book sales are a nice little bonus, and they help for sure while I’m working (without pay) on my startup, but it’s not like they pay the mortgage.
As I said in an older post that I like to think of as a “classic,” the addiction to stats is not driven by money, but by the human desire to make numbers go UP.
For instance, a friend of mine recently started playing an iPhone game called Puzzle Craft. I looked over his shoulder and saw that it was a mindless “draw a line with your finger on the screen and match jewels” game, which in itself is ok, but nothing addictive.
However, I detected a hint of “progression” in the game, which means I eventually had to try it.
Two weeks later I did, and immediately, the “executive” centers in my brain regretted the decision. “Numbers going up” are, sometimes, a completely meaningless reward – in fact, one game designer believes that this kind of game actually reflects a LACK OF ETHICS by the game designers, because the rewards are unearned.
And I totally see where he’s coming from. He’s right. A fascinating read, whether you’re a “gamer” or not, and I recommend it:
Click to Read the Full Interview – Again, I Recommend it Even if you Do NOT Play Games
Celebrate Something Meaningful With Me
The most recent Amazon review of my book sparked this whole post:
“Celebrate Along with the Writer” – YES!
Reviews like this really charge my batteries. But what, exactly, are we celebrating?
We’re celebrating nothing less than a total revolution in the way we use Excel to analyze and share information. The greatest gift any of us have ever been given, at least in the professional sense.
And, as the graph at the top of this post shows, the phenomenon is catching, with a distinctively exponential-shaped curve.
Welcome to the revolution