So, as you probably know, I was featured on Freshly Pressed today, and I’ve pretty much been on cloud nine all day. I honestly never thought it would happen to me. Each day, as I signed in to blog, I gleaned wistfully through the day’s elite Freshly Pressed…-ers? (I don’t know what else to call them!) “These are the beautiful people,” I thought. “If I could ever reach that level, my life at the moment would be complete.”
I guess just this weekend, I’d expressed that thought to Chris while struggling to come up with something to write. In fact, last night he made a comment to me about making a few guest appearances in my texting post. I blushed a little, remembering that I’d exposed our little text arguments to the public. I never would have guessed it’d be the Freshly Pressed public. (P.S. Chris and I were talking over ice cream in celebration today and I’d like to announce that in no way do we have a dysfunctional Amber and Gary relationship. Just to clarify, since I only included argument texts in my post. Nice or mushy texts didn’t pertain to the subject. Plus, who wants to read that? Puke.)
Honestly, today had all the makings of being a crappy day. I turned on the water for a shower so it could heat up while I was brushing my teeth, only to find that I’d left my shower head at the perfect angle to spew out the back of the shower curtain and flood the entire bathroom with half an inch of water. I left for work (late, of course) to find my road had been blocked off due to road construction, so I had to take 37 detours behind a driver who refused to go above 15 miles per hour. (Rush hour traffic in Grand Forks, ND — I tell ya.)
Things were okay once I got to work at my on-campus job. I’m basically an office assistant and a go-fer, so my job isn’t that difficult. But I did have to make a delivery to a really unpleasant location on campus. It’s not far from my place of work, but I have to do some “off-roading” to get there, and I can’t take my car.
On my way, I checked my phone to make the crappy walk go faster. I found that I had a surprising number of e-mails. I went to my Gmail app to find that the entire visible list was full of e-mails requesting moderation for comments on my blog. “Oh crap,” I thought. “Something bad happened. I have a ton of spammers. What wrong hands did my blog get into?”
So, my attempt to make the walk better only made it more agonizing, since I couldn’t wait to park my butt in front of the computer and figure out what the heck was going on with my blog. I didn’t think there was any way I could have that much legit traffic. I’ll admit — The idea of being Freshly Pressed came to my mind once, and I made myself stop thinking about it because I knew I’d only disappoint myself.
As soon as I got back to my desk, I rushed through the excruciatingly slow process of logging back in to my computer. (I thought a fingerprint reader would be a cool security feature when coming to college — I now find it an unnecessary nuisance. Shoulda picked the webcam option.)
As soon as I saw my blog in a Freshly Pressed square, I seriously, like, simultaneously peed my pants, had a mini ecstatic freak out, and had an out-of-body experience. Greatest. Day. Ever.
But as the day went on, I started to wonder how people get picked to be Freshly Pressed. I thought it was all based on views and, while I love my solid little following, I didn’t have the views to justify that kind of fame. I thought there was no way some person could be in charge of scanning all the WordPress blogs trying to find cool stuff to feature, but it looks like there is. Her name is Joy Victory, and I firmly believe she has the greatest job in the world. I’m sure it would get tough at times. But, hey, Joy? If you ever need an apprentice, keep me in mind! Also, thank you for making my…well, I’m sure the high from being Freshly Pressed will last quite a while. 🙂
After a little research, I found this post by Joy Victory that’s very informative about exactly how WordPress makes their decisions on what goes in the Freshly Pressed spots. They basically say they look for unique posts with no naughty parts, visual aids, proper tagging, good grammar and punctuation (Woo hoo!), and a good headline.
All in all, if you’re reading this because you found me on Freshly Pressed, I’m so grateful you liked my posts enough to stay along for the ride! I promise to keep up the good posts as best I can, even when I get a little bogged down. If you were a previous reader, you know I love you and appreciate your support! I’m loving my brief blogging almost “celebrity” status — The only problem I foresee is how sad Freshly Pressed will make my stats look from now on. Stats are always fun to keep up on, but my approximate daily 200 views has been dwarfed by today, as you can see.
Since UND is known for their aviation program, I’m pretty familiar with Leonardo da Vinci’s quote, “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” My spin on that is now, “Once you have been Freshly Pressed, you will forever blog with a witty tone and an interesting topic, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.