I Got Lucky Last Night

I got the email last night. The one I’ve been waiting for since, well, ever. Since I started blogging.

It said my post was “a powerful piece that helps people understand an experience that is probably quite foreign to them.”

It also said “This is the kind of honesty and perspective that makes blogs so riveting.”

Was it?

The post in question is One Sentence, Two Prisoners. I don’t think it’s my best work, but I don’t hate it, either. It means something to me, so there’s that.

But really, I’ve finally figured out the exact formula. Every single thing you must do to be featured in the all-mighty Freshly Pressed.

freshly pressed

Get lucky.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it.

I could say write well, but I mean, what is writing well, exactly? That’s all up to the person reading. Some of what I consider to be my best writing has been called pretentious by many others.

I could say use relevant tags, but my post wasn’t found via tags. Do you want to know how many people arrive at my site by searching a specific tag I’ve used? One. Always the same tag, always the same person, and she’s a troll.

(Although I will say if you use more than 15 combined tags and categories, your posts won’t show up at all if people hang around in the tag reader.)

I got “discovered” because I write. I write what’s on my mind and I do my best. I write honestly and raw and passionately. But you don’t have to.

I joined Writing101 and Blogging101 and I’m pretty positive that’s how the editors found me (specifically Michelle — shoutout!). But again, it’s just luck that I posted what I did when I did and someone happened to like it.

As much as this post may seem like I’m belittling Freshly Pressed, I’m not. I see so many posts from people who haven’t been graced with this fortune shunning Freshly Pressed and the people and posts involved.

Don’t do that, it makes you sound whiny.

But I used to feel the same way. First I thought FP was amazing. I admit, I used to check my email every 5 seconds after I published what I thought to be a good post because hell, how could they not choose this one?

Then after not being chosen I got bitter. Fuck Freshly Pressed, I thought, these posts ain’t got nothin’ on me.

But they do. They have what I don’t. Whether I agree with it or not, think the writing’s great or crappy, they make someone out there think and that’s what counts.

I’ve found some of my favorite blogs via Freshly Pressed. I’ve also found some of my least favorite. Isn’t that what makes it so perfect, though? A mix of posts I love and posts I hate — of those I agree with and those I don’t. Subjects that make me think, whether I think for better or for worse. It’s like marriage, this Freshly Pressed. We don’t have to like everything about it, but that doesn’t mean it’s evil. It’s good for us.

So write. Keep writing whatever’s on your mind. Maybe join some Blogging U. courses, or maybe don’t. Maybe become more involved in the blogging community, or maybe don’t. Do whatever you want to do. But don’t blame WordPress for you not being Freshly Pressed.

Blame luck.

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61 thoughts on “I Got Lucky Last Night

  1. 2 blogs ago I got a link from a minor news service, and BOY what a day that was! 18k hits in a few hours. Its like a lightning strike tho, hard to predict. However, I do think that this particular post would be something other’s would empathize with, and it was well reasoned. Congratulations!

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  2. Congratulations! Your blog is great and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy it. Your personality shines through every post and your writing is wonderful. Maybe you’re a “natural” writer so it’s easy to chalk FP recognition to luck, but your readers know better :)

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    • Thank you so much! I dunno, I had really gotten to the point that I thought I’d never be Freshly Pressed — I mean, I think I’m a good writer (and thank you again!) but I think my getting “discovered” was purely luck.

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  3. It’s nice to see people appreciating your posts. I basically decided to write what I think about regardless of the audience. It’s only been a few months, with hardly any visitors or readers, but I guess that’s just how it goes sometimes. There is way too much good stuff out there to read, so I think it is basically luck if anybody even finds you at all. I was writing a post every week day for a while when I decided to take a week off. My biggest readership spike happened when I was writing nothing. WTF? Maybe I’ll write nothing more often. Once a week ought to do it, or not, who knows? I shouldn’t care, but I guess I’m just a silly, vain Earth creature.

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    • Well I LOVE your posts. I’ve been having trouble concentrating enough to read everything in my reader and comment on them, but I do read yours!

      I used to post maybe once a month, then once a week, now twice every day pretty much. I’ve noticed I get more views when I post more, but really I’m just doing it because I have that much to say. Pretty soon there will be a lull because of my concentration, but I say do you. Whatever you want to write and however much you want — there will always be someone out there who hates it, but also someone who loves it.

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  4. Beautifully written, Miss T! How does one get Fresh Pressed? (Sorry to ask a dumb question…I know I could look it up on WordPress so you have every right to point me there. Your explanation would be way better, though! ;)

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      • I totally appreciate your answering this and once again CONGRATS because I think it’s awesome!!!! There’s that “Freshly Pressed” button on everyone’s post, though….I think! I think? I wonder what that does, exactly…I need More coffee p.s. this is kind of obnoxious to ask you, but that’s how I’m rolling today…- do you mind endorsing me for a WEGO Health blog award! I don’t get $ or chocolate if I win, although I *do* get business cards (!!!!! ha ha – I have no one to give them to ) but I just want the award anyway because it’s cool – ha ha ha! You just supply your email & name & that’s it. Here’s the link and it takes ten just seconds & thanks for considering it….love Dy

        https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/4811

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    • Thank you so much! That’s so sweet =]

      I mean, I think being a good writer and writing good content does play its part, but otherwise it’s sheer luck that you write the right thing at the right time in the right place for them to find it in the first place.

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  5. Congratulations, Tempest. That post was powerful. Fresh Pressed got it right. You opened the window on an experience not all of us have. Helps us to grow in compassion for those who like you love someone incarcerated. Thank you for writing it. I am happy for you that you received acknowledgement for doing so and doing so well.

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  6. Hmm…I hadn’t actually thought about the “how” before so I appreciate that you’ve brought it up. I don’t post enough to feel like more than a newbie when it comes to blogging, so it hadn’t occurred to me to even think about what it takes to get FP. Mostly I just enjoy reading posts from bloggers that are new to me and follow those I find interesting. (I often find interesting blogs through the comments as well.). Congratulations on your luck, and you’ve gotten a new follower!

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, WordPress will tell you to write well, and write interesting content, and use relevant tags, but my “being found” really boiled down to luck. The best advice I have is to be active in the blogging community and just write.

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  7. Luck is right. My Write Through It blog was Freshly Pressed before it was two months old. I didn’t even know what Freshly Pressed was. My From the Seasonally Occupied Territories blog, about being a year-round resident of a summer resort (Martha’s Vineyard), has been going for four years. It’s never been Freshly Pressed. The writing is every bit as good as the writing in Write Through It, but it’s further off the beaten track: writing blogs are a dime a dozen, but there are fewer than half a dozen blogs by year-round Vineyarders. And most of its regular readers are not bloggers.

    As far as I can tell, getting Freshly Pressed is a lot like “getting published” the traditional way. Yes, you’ve got to keep writing. Yes, you’ve got to be a good enough writer to write stuff that’s worth reading. But mostly one of your posts has to catch the eye of an FP chooser at exactly the moment that s/he is interested in what you have to say. And that is mostly a matter of luck.

    Congratulations! Recognition is good, and your blog deserves it. :-)

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