The only problem with getting Freshly Pressed is that everything afterwards is a bit anticlimactic. Once you’ve tasted the sweet success of heavy hits on your blog, you begin to yearn for the same thing everyday.
The whole experience is exciting. Getting notified that your blog post has been selected and then the agonising wait for it to appear on the ‘Wall of Glory.’ The excitement of getting all those likes and comments on the blog post itself. Then the inevitable slow down of views, likes, comments and new followers.
Of course the pinnacle of being Freshly Pressed is getting the widget to place on your site that says you’ve been Freshly Pressed.
All this heady mixture of acceptance, approval and attention tends to make you sit up that bit straighter when you type your next blog post. It also serves as a goal post to aim for.
Then you start to wonder, ‘Will I ever reach this height again? Have I peaked too soon?’
The sense of accomplishment is soon replaced with one of concern. What if you have peaked too soon. You may never write anything that is worthy of being Freshly Pressed ever again.
The worst thought is that you may well match or even exceed your Freshly Pressed article and it will never get that stamp of approval or be placed on that ‘Wall of Glory’ because you’ve met your quota.
These questions suddenly popped into my head earlier today. I was going over old comments, I do this periodically in case I’ve missed responding to someone, and read one from my friend Tyson Carter over at Head In A Vice. He jokingly said something to the effect that it was odd that I’d gotten Freshly Pressed and then had a heart attack! He went on to say that perhaps he did not want to get Freshly Pressed quite so badly now.
Joking aside, it does make you wonder if there is some sort of price to be paid for being included in the small group of nineteen folks who get chosen each day. What if I do excel myself and by some longshot get Freshly Pressed again? What might happen this time?
Just thinking of the consequences makes me shudder. It doesn’t concern me too much though. I think that perhaps barring sudden death, that I might just accept the consequences and let the chips fall where they may. After all, I had four whole days to bask in the glow of getting Freshly Pressed before I had the heart attack.
Four days of excitement and acceptance from the WordPress community. Four days of getting more followers and the best daily view count ever.
Seems like a fair trade to me.
- Bookmarks: What Makes a Post Freshly Press-able (sliceofweb.wordpress.com)
- Things to Consider about being Freshly Pressed (seapunk2.wordpress.com)
- Things to Consider about being Freshly Pressed (5oh9.wordpress.com)
- Waiting for Freshly Pressed: A Timeline (mikesfilmtalk.com)
- I am Freshly Pressed. No word yet on when I’ll be Freshly Squeezed. (seejacobwrite.wordpress.com)
- Getting Freshly Pressed: Riding the Crest of the Wave (mikesfilmtalk.com)
- Freshly Pressed, Hold the Wrinkles (mikesfilmtalk.com)
- Freshly Pressed! (cobwebscupcakesandcrayons.com)
- What Makes a Post Freshly Press-able? The Frailest Thing (judithsmarkworld.wordpress.com)
- What Makes a Post Freshly Press-able: Bacon In a Toaster (drndark.com)