Sometimes things don’t go exactly the way you want them to go
After my long article about finding a replacement for Adsense, it fell apart. For some reason the ads are not in the shape that they were supposed to be. Almost like seeing that bicycle hidden away just before Christmas, and discovering it was for your sister on Christmas Day.
Things like that happen so often in life.
It is easy to get depressed and upset or frustrated. Things like this seem to happen a lot when you’re working with computers. Often in life, the problems are much more serious than if text is going all the way across the page instead of in a format you want it to be.
Perhaps it’s an income that just does not seem to be going in the direction it should be. You work hard and despite the long hours you put into it, it seems like you’re getting nowhere. You feel like for every two steps forward its three steps back. And yet you look at others who just seem to be waving at you, as they pass you by.
And there are things that are even more serious.
Such as the loss of a close friend or relative. He can be even worse if it’s someone that you relied upon. In a case like this, personal loss is doubled by the need to make financial and emotional adjustments.
The easy answer you hear to all of this is that "things will get better."
Even though the statement is usually made in true belief , it seems hollow. It seems hollow when you hear it. It seems hollow when you use it as advice to another.
A similar answer is "success is just around the corner." This is usually given with examples of those who struggled and were finally successful. There are also examples of people who were really close to just missed because they gave up.
So what does all this have to do with a new text ad system that didn’t work the way it wanted to?
I didn’t give up.
I did keep a positive attitude. I believed in the product. And I wanted it to work.
So I contacted the author of the software. It’s really in beta yet, so I did expect some bugs. First we discovered it was working fine on a non-WordPress site. Over the weekend, the author of the software figured out that the problem seemed to be something with my theme. In fact it seems to work just fine with any other theme, just not the one I was using. I could probably just have chosen another theme.
I like the Semiologic theme.
It may possibly be the most SEO friendly solution available. It works. What to do?
I still didn’t give up.
I wanted it to work. I wanted to work for me. I knew it would work.
The author of the program did not know what to do. I think it is a good portion of the weekend trying to figure it out. I’m not sure I would’ve spent that much time trying to figure it out for just one theme. I think it shows a significant amount of dedication.
Finally, I decided to try downloading a later version of the Semiologic theme. And it worked! I was shocked to see the ads all the correct sizes.
So, two lessons learned.
First, always keep a positive attitude. If you believe in something, if you want something, you must trust that it will work. You must have faith that things will work out. I think that is the main point the movie "The Secret" was making.
Second, if you’re having problems make sure you have the latest version.