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Don’t Wait To Be Freshly Pressed May 23, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Writing & Writers.

Tired of waiting around to be discovered by the Freshly Pressed crew?

Here’s a new way to get noticed on WP . . . A Post for Your Thoughts!  WP recently added the “Submit a Topic” page to the Daily Post menu.  Via the “Submit a Topic” page, you can send WP suggestions for new posts or submit your story for any one of three new series:

Brian-with-coffee-and-newspaper* Why I Blog ~ what makes your blog tick?

* Blogger Profiles ~ recommend favorite bloggers who never cease to amaze you.

* My Morning Coffee ~ share your favorite blog stops with others.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  Success is sharing the best parts of yourself with the world.


1. Andra Watkins - May 23, 2012

This is a great new addition.

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

I agree! Decided to share the links as soon as I saw the post.

2. Three Well Beings - May 23, 2012

This could be fun! Sometimes it is nice to experiment a bit and see what catches on. I keep thinking I need to take some time just “playing around” and seeing what others are doing…or finding new things on WP. But first I need to work on my Blogroll!! It’s a challenge to keep up with all the little maintenance issues, isn’t it! 🙂 A year ago I didn’t even think of such things..ha! Debra

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

I agree, Debra. A lot of routine maintenance gets postponed in the blogosphere . . . because we’re so busy visiting cyber gateways into other realms.

3. sarsm - May 23, 2012

Thanks for that. What great ideas.

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

I’ve just nominated my first blogger for Blogger Profiles. What FUN!

sarsm - May 23, 2012

I voted in ‘My morning coffee’. Thanks so much for the links!!

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

I’m so glad that WP is encouraging us to nominate favorite blogs and bloggers for The Daily News.

4. Carl D'Agostino - May 23, 2012

Thanks for the tip.I envied those that have been freshly pressed and wondered what it took esp on rare days getting over 250 hits. Now I hope I never get f-pr and I have read some nightmare stories by recipients of having to answer several thousand commenters. Even after the initial avalanche another hundred visitors a day would be too much traffic. I guess I’ll cross that bridge if it ever happens.

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

Yes, indeed! The avalanche of comments creates a ponderous pile to wade through . . . until most of the new visitors drift away in search of other “Freshly Pressed” meat upon which to feed.

And then for the next 30 days, your site stats have one sharp PEAK sticking up (Mt. Everest) surrounded by 30 much, much, much smaller ant hills. 😀

Pocket Perspectives - May 25, 2012

oh that’s sooo funny… it drives me nuts when the graph gets all thrown off by those peaks…and then all the rest looks so tiny…I have to keep reminding myself that the goal isn’t a nice consistent graph…it’s offering what I have to others…but I can get so easily caught up in visual/mathematical/linear/consistent and then comparing the rest of the 30 days to that …it’s so funny to see that someone else gets bugged by that graph : )

nrhatch - May 25, 2012

Aah . . . but it all serves to keep the Ego safely in check, eh? 😉

5. Lisa Wields Words - May 23, 2012

Thanks for pointing this out Nancy. Interesting, I wonder if in some way my suggestion helped?

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

I wondered the same thing. Your e-mail exchange with WP immediately came to mind when I saw the new forms.

Lisa Wields Words - May 23, 2012


6. yogaleigh - May 23, 2012

Thanks so much for the info. I’m going to reblog to spread the word!

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

Excellent! Thanks, Leigh.

7. ceciliag - May 23, 2012

excellent idea! what a good way to extend your reading! You have sharp eyes! c

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

As soon as I saw the Daily Post today, I wanted to share. 😀

8. kateshrewsday - May 23, 2012

Great, excitement, Nancy! I don’t know how you pick up these snippets up but what a great turn of events: and a lovely way to show WP what they are missing, too 🙂 Thank you: I’m off to make my nomination now!

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

It’s a great way to shine the spotlight on blogs, such as yours, that “make our day.” 😀

9. Life in the Boomer Lane - May 23, 2012

What a great idea!

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

Shared favorites (like your hilarious blog) should make for interesting posts at the Daily Post.

10. eof737 - May 23, 2012

Yeah, I noticed it and I’m still thinking of a topic to suggest to them… Wish I had more time – Tempus fugit! 🙂

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

You can suggest topics . . . or share favorite blog spots and stops.

11. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - May 23, 2012

Thanks for sharing and the nod!

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

You’re welcome, Greg. Glad to share the news about the Good Eats available on WP. 😀

12. cuhome - May 23, 2012

Thanks for that info!!

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

You’re welcome, Janet. The questions asked on the “Why I blog” form are great questions for all bloggers to contemplate from time to time.

13. sufilight - May 23, 2012

Thanks for keeping us updated! I always want to do this and that, but find myself busy and a little too scattered online, have to simplify! I love WP so will stay here.

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

WP is asking for nominations for ALL our favorite blogs . . . whether or not they’re on WP. I loved that feature of the “My Morning Coffee” form.

14. barb19 - May 23, 2012

It’s an excellent idea, and thanks for posting about it Nancy. We should see some interesting blogs come out of this bright idea by WP.

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

I agree! I love the idea of promoting from within. 😀

15. Cheryl - May 23, 2012

I have to say, this is what I like most about WP, we have our own little community dont we? All ???million of us. I like the new fun things to do and will check them out.
Thanks for the updates 🙂

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

It’s a FUN way to share our favorite blogs with each other.

16. souldipper - May 23, 2012

My problem is having too many favorites! That fact challenges my time.

I saw a great response to Arindam’s adamant desire to be Freshly Pressed. The person was FPed and found things went back to a normal pace. In other words, it appears the number of readers didn’t appear to stay high.

Another blog I read was FPed and the author could hardly wait for his old numbers and pace to return. Seems he’s back to “normal” – judging from the absence of his statements of agony.

There are so many blogs – will we need to have FP for the FPs?

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

Good question, Amy. I like that WP is seeking our input so we can shine the spotlight around a bit ~ even if I’m happy lurking about in the shadows. 😉

souldipper - May 23, 2012

Me, too, Nancy. Are we weird? Perhaps we are too aware of the drawbacks of spotlights?

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

Nope. Not weird . . . UNIQUE! 😛

17. jannatwrites - May 23, 2012

Hmmm….maybe this makes up for the post comments always checked snafu 🙂

I don’t really think about being Freshly Pressed. Sure, it would be nice to be read by more people, but only a few stick around after the novelty wears off. Besides, it’s already a challenge to keep up…I don’t know how the ‘big dogs’ do it!

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

Agreed! I’m delighted with the interaction and comradery here on SLTW ~ adding a few new faces from time to time is great, especially if they decide to stick around and join the party.

18. Jas - May 23, 2012

Ah! that’s better… a good idea… 🙂

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

I’m surprised that WP didn’t do this sooner . . . they have far too many bloggers “on board” to find ALL the hidden gems. 😀

19. viviankirkfield - May 23, 2012

I never have to wonder about the value of what I read when I click on your post, Nancy…it is always top-notch! 🙂
Thanks for the heads-up…as usual, you seem to have your finger on the “pulse” of WP and beyond. 🙂

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

Thanks, Vivian. Being subscribed to the WP News and WP Daily Post keeps me “in the know.” 😉

20. Perfecting Motherhood - May 24, 2012

That’s nice of WP to ask what we like to read. I have a feeling they’re trying to make up for their follow-up comment nightmarish change from a couple of weeks ago!

nrhatch - May 24, 2012

You might be right. 😆

21. SidevieW - May 24, 2012

Maintenance I have been putting off *groan*

nrhatch - May 24, 2012

Why do today what you could easily do . . . next Tuesday? 😛

SidevieW - May 24, 2012

Never put off today that which you could leave putting off till next Tuesday

nrhatch - May 24, 2012

That’s the spirit! 😀

22. Team Oyeniyi - May 24, 2012

I must have missed that one – I’ll have to have a look!

nrhatch - May 24, 2012

I think it was announced while you were “celebrating” your 2nd Wedding Anniversary. That’s probably why you missed it. 😉

23. Tammy - May 24, 2012

Great tips Nancy..

nrhatch - May 24, 2012

It’s a great way to recognize bloggers who share the best of themselves with the cyberworld.

24. spilledinkguy - May 24, 2012

Sometimes I wonder what being Freshly Pressed actually feels like…
and then I start laughing… and can’t stop. For WAY to long. Some pigs just don’t fly.

nrhatch - May 24, 2012

It’s an odd sensation . . . you are a flying pig . . . until your 15 minutes of fame is up . . . then you come down with a {{CRASH}}.

Because pigs can’t fly . . . except for the time it takes to get from the top of the barn to the ground below. 😀

25. bluebee - May 25, 2012

WP – sometimes they have bad ideas (comment auto-subscription) and sometimes they have good or great ones 🙂 Overall, they provide a great service.

nrhatch - May 25, 2012

I agree! WP is a terrific platform for bloggers of all ages! 😀

26. 2e0mca - May 26, 2012

I don’t worry too much about getting into the Freshly Pressed pages – It did happen once quite early on and I was somewhat surprised as I don’t think I had written a truly earth-shattering post. I suspect they use some form of random selection process rather than looking for superlative examples of a post.

I always feel it’s more important to build up your own manageable friend base and interact with them – we can all drive each other forwards to better quality posts without the help of Freshly Pressed. 🙂

One thing that seems to have gone missing is the Recent Posts page – I used to find some interesting items that way. Perhaps it still exists and I’m just missing its location. That was a better place to find new people whose work was of interest.

nrhatch - May 26, 2012

Being Freshly Pressed is a wild thrill ride . . . that lasts as long as the crowd sticks around. But managing that number of visitors is incompatible with getting to know your audience. I prefer more intimate gatherings.

Recent Pages does seem to be MIA. Now, when I click on the tags of a post, it gathers up other posts with that tag . . . but only on the blog I’m visiting, not all WP blogs. That’s too bad. Maybe it will return in a new and improved edition.

27. the usual bliss - May 30, 2012

Thanks for this. It’s so funny that I have this strong secret desire to be Freshly Pressed! But this suggested a couple alternatives to get a tad of exposure, but also made me think about why I blog in the first place. Good stuff. 🙂

nrhatch - May 30, 2012

You’re not alone in having a strong “secret” desire to be Freshly Pressed ~ it’s a “destination” desired by many. Glad you had a chance to consider why you blog. Enjoy the “journey.” 😀

28. intuitivejuliemarie - June 1, 2012

Sometimes I just do a little poking around as I feel I’m still trying to get the lay of the land. I found a gem today: your site. Drawn by the name, I was. I enjoy the fact you actually have a conversation going here. I have been, well, inspired, so thank you. I’ll be back.

nrhatch - June 1, 2012

Thanks for swinging by, Julie Marie.

When you return, you can use the navigational bars on the right to look around at topics of interest. OR you can type a key word (e.g., “intuition” or “happiness” or “spirit”) into the search bar and see what posts address those topics.

intuitivejuliemarie - June 1, 2012

I spent quite a bit of time there today, as a matter of fact. Am inspired by your style. Will come back for more self-education. We do have something else in common: many mini-incarnations this lifetime (pear packer, tomato harvest worker, heavy equipment operator, military service-which paid for the law degree I obtained-singer, artist, healer, teacher, evolving blog writer). I am beginning to quite enjoy my current incarnation best, and isn’t that the idea, after all? being present in the now? thanks for your response.

nrhatch - June 1, 2012

Awesome! It’s FUN trying on lots of different hats on our journey through life.

I’m heading round right now to check out your current incarnation.

29. Life in the Boomer Lane - June 2, 2012

Nancy, I just saw that you nominated me for the “Morning Coffee” award. I am honored. As you can see, I am just now catching up on comments from days ago. Real estate has rebounded, and so I am busy again. Seriously cuts into my blog reading/commenting time!

nrhatch - June 2, 2012

No worries, mate. Real Estate is like that, isn’t it? Other jobs slow down during the hazy days of summer . . . and househunting picks up.

Stay sane . . . and remember to smell the Morning Coffee. 😀

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