Imagine this scenario:
It’s a quiet Friday night, your tummy is full from supper, and you’re checking your online banking to check the week’s spending. Just as you begin daydreaming about your plans for the weekend, the phone rings interrupting your thoughts.
“I’m on my way home,” a loved one informs you. ”And I’m bringing about 3,700 friends with me.”
“WHAT?!?!” you exclaim.
“We’ll be there in an hour.”
This was essentially how I felt after receiving an email from a WordPress editor letting me know that our post was being promoted to Freshly Pressed.
I snapped myself out of my temporary paralysis and started doing the blog equivalent of housework. I tinkered with a widget here, tightened up a post there, double checked the ‘subscribe’ and ‘share’ buttons.
And then it began: the ‘likes’, the comments, and the follows. Thousands of new visitors traipsed through our house, hugged our babies, admired Aneesa’s throw pillows and commented on my style. Though the overwhelming majority were wonderful guests (please come again!), some had their own agenda and a couple even tried to kick our dogs (I’m watching you).
Nearly 4000 views, 100 new followers, and forty eight hours after our very first Freshly Pressed ‘like’ we fell off the WordPress home page.
*I peek my head out* Coast is clear. Whew.
Looks like the party’s over and everyone went home. Now that it’s just us again, can we chat?
“These (Freshly Pressed) posts represent how WordPress can be used to entertain, enlighten or inspire,” WordPress Weblog writer Joy Victory wrote in an April 28, 2010, post, “Five Ways to Get Featured in Freshly Pressed.”
So what does making Freshly Pressed mean for us as bloggers? It equals a substantial increase in traffic to the site, recognition among my blogging peers, more subscribers and a confidence boost.
I don’t know the odds of making Freshly Pressed. I’ll leave that to the math whizzes out there to determine. I may be good with words, but I’m certainly not good with numbers.
Of one thing I’m certain, though. It feels good, absolutely remarkable in fact, to realize that our writing and photography are resonating with readers and that our posts (at least one of them) have been chosen as among the best in the world.
When a writer writes for the pure joy of writing and takes photos for the pure joy of taking photos, it shows.
Other than the extreme luck and privilege of being Freshly Pressed, some exciting things have been going on here at Live.Explore.Learn.Remember:
We were also featured on nmnphx.wordpress.com for Nicole’s August Spotlight Award. She featured our blog on her website and provided us with some great exposure. For more details check out her site here. Thank you for the honour Nicole!
Aneesa and I are also celebrating South Africa’s great performance at the 2012 Olympic Games thus far. On Friday night South Africa won its 4th medal of the London 2012 Olympics. Chad Le Clos brought SA its first silver medal of the games and third in the pool. Well done to our athletes making us proud!
And lastly, Aneesa wanted to share her new purchase with the rest of the world:
She bought the limited edition pair at the Converse store in Myeong Dong (Seoul) and then had them customized with her choice of cute print at the store.
Have a great week readers and if you are new here, welcome!