It was like the cha ching of the casino machines…cha ching, cha ching, cha ching. I checked my computer to find that I was receiving a lot of emails. Most, if not all of them, were from Word Press. I couldn’t figure out what happened until I opened the one from Erica telling me I was “Freshly Pressed.”
From the Word Press website: Freshly Pressed — The best of 305,101 bloggers, 812,069 new posts, 487,724 comments, & 170,216,715 words posted today on WordPress.com
For my non-blogger readers, Word Press provides the free template I use for my blog. They also provide a lot of support, statistics and advice on how to improve your blog. And….they highlight 10 new posts every day as “Freshly Pressed.” I have no idea how they do that or how they can even read all the posts that are posted. I have a hard time keeping up with the ones I follow.
I also have no idea what they are looking for or how it happens. They have some tips but they are fairly common sense things that any good blogger would do. They selected the tribute to my grandmother. It touched a lot of people and the comments were very powerful. Some of them had me laughing and some crying. One commenter said it best, it made her feel sappy.
Oddly enough, I was “pressed” with two bloggers I actually know – Paprika Furstenburg and Snoring Dog Studios. That was also surprising as I usually don’t know any of them.
What I do know is that when you are Freshly Pressed, your life changes. Really!
Here are some things that happen:
- Your inbox goes crazy. I thought I had good readership averaging 20 to 50 hits a day with an occasional 100. I only post 2 to 3 times a week. I was happy. I had 1,980 hits the first day and they are still chinging in today.
- Since mostly bloggers read “Freshly Pressed” and bloggers both comment and hit the “like” button more readily than non-bloggers, you suddenly find that you have 35 comments to approve. Wow! Cool! When you finish those and update, you have another 20 and it continues.
- Some of the common courtesy gets put on hold. I try to reply to comments and visit blogs of bloggers who post. If they like my stuff, maybe I’ll like theirs. That’s how I have found some of my favorites. I gave up on responding to most and it will take me a while to visit all that have subscribed, let alone commented.
- The post they selected was a week old and there were three newer ones. The lesson is that it isn’t an instant thing.
- It flatlines all your previous statistics. Even my all time best days are a slight blip on the chart compared to the past two days.
- It’s overwhelming. Will it give me writer’s block?
- Take a sabbatical from work for a couple of days to keep on top of the comments and emails.
- Order in champagne!
- While you are thinking of getting an agent, keep in mind that tomorrow you will be an unknown again and people can unsubscribe!
Thanks to all who commented, “liked,” and read my post. And thanks again to the grandmother who made this all possible.