Just Gotta Say

A couple of days ago, I read a post on “Freshly Pressed” by Joy Victory.  Entitled, “Five Ways to Get Featured on Freshly Pressed”, the piece revealed how posts are picked and why.  I’m quite sure the WordPress gang gets inundated on a daily basis with “how to” requests regarding “Freshly Pressed”.

I found the piece to be instructive and interesting.  But it bothered me as well. I really like finding new people and new ideas by reading “Freshly Pressed”.  I’m also thrilled when I see my favorite bloggers featured, as many more readers will find them and these bloggers write so well, this recognition is great.

After reading the article – along with all the comments that have followed, I am disturbed.  It’s a personal thing and everyone has a choice.  But there appeared to be an overwhelming number of grateful bloggers who will use this as their writing guideline in hopes of getting “pressed”.  I write because I have to.  It is just like breathing to me.  That is the freedom and beauty of blogging, in my mind.  If someone identifies with my writing, if we have something in common, great.  If not, great, too.  It’s about the process.

Victory’s points were very clear.  No “bad stuff”.  Understandable but debatable about what truly is and isn’t “bad stuff”.  Use images. Makes perfect sense but this does exclude the image-challenged and they just might have really great things to say as well. Tags. Tags are a big duh. But some must be reminded so good info. Typo-free content. That is interesting since I use the spellchecker and proofreader, go over my writing ad nauseum, and still find issues. Compelling headlines.  Another duh, but a reminder is always welcome.  “The dog walked around” compels me to hit the back button asap.

This post is most likely a wordy coffin nail, assuring the WordPress world I will never be “Freshly Pressed”.  But that’s fine by me as it is not my goal here.  I already have a day job where I must follow the rules to accomplish what is expected of me.  Blogging is my pleasure.  And while I’m not interested in forcing myself to follow these aforementioned guidelines, I certainly won’t judge anyone who does. Free choice.  The world is big.  Something for everyone.

Just sayin’.

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16 thoughts on “Just Gotta Say

  1. I agree COMPLETELY. I found your blog after you commented on my blog. And you found my blog because I was featured on Freshly Pressed. But I wasn’t kidding when I posted the next day and said that when I received the email I had NO clue what Freshly Pressed was. None. I couldn’t figure out why my post was chosen only 5 posts or so into my new blog.

    I’m flattered of course… and grateful because it allowed me to find so many cool blogs I otherwise wouldn’t have. But I’m glad I was chosen because I wrote something the way I always do. I didn’t TRY to get chosen… I didn’t alter my writing or write for the sole purpose of being chosen.

    So keep doing what you’re doing. I’ve read lots of your past posts since coming on over here and I absolutely LOVE it. Keep doing your thing, girl… It’s all good. 🙂

    • Thank you! I always try to read the FP’s that interest me and I’m so glad I found yours. And it is so obvious you are true to yourself – and your writing, which is hilarious and great! I am going to keep on doing my thing and please visit whenever you wish! 🙂

  2. I’d like the exposure but I’m not cleaning up my act – I write things that strike me as amusing, because otherwise they sit in my head screaming WRITE ME! Heh.

  3. I saw that same post. Interestingly enough, I thought much of what you did! 🙂 Like you, I don’t write my blog for anyone but me. If others chose to visit, subscribe, etc. then great! I love the sense of community. If not, that’s fine too, because I find this to be a great outlet for me. I too enjoy the FP to find new and interesting people. Keep doing what you’re doing – we’re liking it!

  4. bittenbyreality, I have to say (without sounding like a complete jerk, because I tend to even when I’m not trying), when I was “ordained” onto the Freshly Pressed page wall the other day and got 3,000 hits, it was almost a bit creepy.

    I mean, I’m grateful and I’m honored and all that other stuff, so PLEASE don’t think that I’m complaining. But like you, I sort of write for me and whatever friends, family, strangers happen to find me. I do NOT write for 3,000 to 4,000 other people. So although I’m flattered that that many people read my post, at the same time, it really was weird since I DON’T write (unlike some people) for the purpose of having as many people as possible read what I wrote.

    So again, I’m NOT complaining because it helped me find some really kickass writers (like our dear izziedarling here) when they commented. But it really was/is sort of surreal. And the next day, I felt more pressure to write what OTHER people wanted me to write instead of just throwing my words out there haphazardly like I normally do. I’m already over it and have decided to just write like I always do and screw those that are “expecting” something. But being featured on “Freshly Pressed” really does sort of mess with your mind in a way. LOL!

  5. Pingback: Why I’ll Never Complain Another Day in My Life… « A Fly on the Wall

    • This post is amazing, wonderful, inspiring and reminds me in a very powerful way what is – and isn’t – important. Don’t even have words to express the feelings it has brought forth…….

  6. funny, I saw it as well as realized my sometimes ‘salacious’ content will keep me from being chosen!! And, I’m fine with that.. I’d love more readers but like you I write because I ‘have to’ and I want to !
    I’m enjoying your blog.

    • And I enjoy yours as well. I don’t believe in coincidences and that’s one of the best things about blogging on WordPress – “Oh, the places you’ll go … and the people you “read””.

  7. My second ever post was apparently featured on Freshly Press a couple weeks ago and I can’t really figure out how or why. Now it’s set me up for a lifetime or disappointment when nothing else I write meets those supposed “standards”, when that was never the point of my starting a blog in the first place! Sitting down to write a post in the hopes of getting it on FP is a pretty much setting yourself up for failure, and shows that you’re probably blogging for the wrong reasons anyway.

    Her tips are good though, but could probably be better summarised as “5 Ways to Write a Good Blog Post”. But then, ironically, it probably wouldn’t have been featured on FP!

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