With a Little OCD, Little Things Can Torture a Person!


I’ve never been officially diagnosed with OCD, but I think I have just enough of a case that it flares up at unexpected times.

For Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder sufferers, tiny little things that go amiss can be very frustrating.

At least, that’s what I’m told.

Every now and then, I wonder if I might have a mild condition. Take, for example, a plugin I use behind the scenes on this blog that resizes images in my media library whenever there’s a change in the layout of my blog that might require an update to the current sizes immediately available.

This plugin takes the original version of a graphic uploaded and then makes copies in smaller sizes that it might conceivably need.

One of the functions of this plugin is a bulk image regenerator, meaning I can do a media search for several images with similar titles, then select each one and order the plugin to regenerate images from all of the checked items at one time.

I’ll be shown a progress bar with a percentage of the work as it’s happening. That brings me to my little OCD story.

The other night, I bulk-regenerated nine images.

As the first one was complete, the progress bar began to fill in and the percentage “11.1%” appeared. A couple of seconds later, the progress bar advanced to show two images were complete. The percentage was 22.2%.

And then there were three. The bar advanced to 33.3%.

All seemed to be right with the world as the fourth one finished and the percent amount jumped to 44.4%.

The next one, though, caused my undiagnosed OCD to kick in. With five complete, the percentage jumped to 55.6%.

Wait, what?

Fifty-five-point-six? What kind of foolishness is this?

The remainder of the images continued with this arrangement: 66.7%, 77.8%, 88.9% and then 100%.

What would it hurt, honestly, to let the same numerals run time after time? Why couldn’t it have jumped from 88.8% to 100%?

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.