I do. I definitely do. And it’s not just me that cares, it seems. Many a blogger who has been fortunate enough to be Freshly Pressed echoes this sentiment.
Because being Freshly Pressed is like getting an almighty slap on the back, the sort that tells you you’re doing something okay in life (or in the blogging world, in this case).
A few days back I checked my emails and in amongst a load of rubbish I spotted ‘Congrats, you’ve been Freshly Pressed’. Really? Yes. A personally addressed email.
Turns out the girl done good.
Out of 1,191,930 new posts, mine was one of ten selected by the WordPress editors to feature on the front page for that day. How the hell they found my lil’ ol’ blog, who knows?!
I read back over the post and checked that there weren’t any glaring problems. It made me giggle: here was a post that was far from my favourite in terms of creativity and flow. It didn’t even contain any of my own pictures, goddammit!
But apparently it was good enough for them and I wasn’t about to complain, oh no.
I anticipated the flurry of visitors and prepared myself mentally for any harsh criticism. Whilst the high increase in traffic and blog followers was welcome, the very real potential to be publically slated remained at the the back of my mind. But of course any nastiness didn’t come. Why should it? Feedback and banter and warmth shone through instead.
So thanks for sticking by me, previous followers and bloggers extraordinaire, and a warm welcome to all those new to my site. I’m glad you’re joining me on my travels! And thanks also to WordPress for connecting us.
After a year of blogging every couple of days, being Freshly Pressed has given me a little boost, a skip in my travel writing step, if you like. It’s a bit of recognition, something that we all crave (and I’m not kidding myself here, I got lucky).
But being selected has also planted a seed. I’ve found myself pondering on how to get Freshly Pressed again. And again. Without understanding the logic of how I was selected in the first place, this is another unhealthy focus that I think I’ll have to quit. Now.
Back to what I was doing before, then.
- FRESHLY PRESSED! Why did I skip these? Things I missed out on in Bolivia (travelola.org)
- Today’s Freshly Pressed (wordpress.org)
- Freshly Pressed and why it’s good for you and your WordPress blog! (alexofarabia.wordpress.com)
- Quantifying the Freshly Pressed Effect on WordPress.com and How to Get Featured (urbansemiotic.com)
- Featured on the Freshly Pressed Page (seattleseconds.wordpress.com)
- 3 Worse Things Than Being “Freshly Pressed” (According To A Pair Of Jeans We Interviewed (nottheworstnews.com)