The Freshly Pressed Roller-Coaster or Irony Sucks

Roller Coaster
It's just like this- only faster

Exactly one week ago today, I was Freshly Pressed.  I was truly astonished. Completely taken off guard. And above all overjoyed. I felt giddy all day long, I couldn’t believe the number of visits I was getting and I really couldn’t believe the amount of comments. It was a true blogging high.

But with every high comes a low. Not really that low of a low but a low nonetheless ( I mean like it’s lower than the high but not by that  much). It was hard to watch my stats fall the next day and the next and the next. And even though my blog is still receiving more views than ever before (and trust me I am thankful for every one of them) I am feeling a lot of pressure (self-imposed) to continue writing Freshly Pressed worthy posts. And that is hard. And you have to wonder, does WordPress hate my blog? Because it seems like WordPress should know about all the pressure that  comes with being Freshly Pressed. And maybe they put on you Freshly Pressed to totally burn you out so they never have to see your blog that they hate again. And then I have to wonder, am I being neurotic and ridiculous? And the answer to that is yes.

The thing about the Freshly Pressed roller-coaster is that it is really fast but it is also like the best roller-coaster ever (because you really avoid that stomach in your throat feeling). So you want to ride it again. And again. But it isn’t up to you- just because you like the roller-coaster doesn’t mean you get to ride it again. You have to earn it. But it’s hard to predict what will earn it and what won’t. So I guess the moral to this story is that being Freshly Pressed is brilliant but you will want more and more of that brilliance and you could really screw yourself up working to get more of it. So don’t screw yourself up. Keep cool, write what you write, and do you to the fullest (I heard a really douchey guy say that once but I can’t help but repeat it in this instance, forgive me). Also, this is all advice I’m giving myself (because if I write it and then look at it later it will be like someone else is telling me and then maybe I will take the advice.) but I hope it helps other people too (because I’m really generous and well-meaning).

And now I’m realizing that this post isn’t very funny and funny is what got me on Freshly Pressed. So it’s like I’m writing a post about trying to maintain a certain standard and that post is actually below the standards I’m writing about. Balls. Irony sucks.

39 thoughts on “The Freshly Pressed Roller-Coaster or Irony Sucks

  1. june says:

    if you want hits write about celebs in a sex scandal with a good murder thrown in- be the first to write about it – you will get lots of hits and no money.
    I really hate wordpress now because they also ban blogs that are controversial. You should not be happy you were chosen, it meant you don’t rock the boat at all.
    it means you contribute to an apolitical view of the world
    write about famine water shortages etc – watch yourself not get pressed

    1. Huh. It’s funny because though I certainly don’t make this blog a political platform, I have definitely written about politics/current affairs on this blog before, for instance here and here. You are correct in that I didn’t get freshly pressed with those posts. I didn’t expect to. This is a humor blog, my posts are predominantly humor based. That’s what I like to write. And I won’t be ashamed of it. And I will feel proud when someone wants to read it. And I will always be proud that one thing I wrote was so good that out of hundreds of thousands of blogs, WordPress choose it for freshly pressed. At least for one day. And while I can certainly understand your frustration at WordPress not freshly pressing political based or controversial blogs, I can’t see why that should make me less happy to write the blog that I write.

  2. So, I was strolling around WordPress thinking about my recent Freshly Pressed experience and wondering what was next. Then I found you and what d’ya know? Turns out you’re super awesome. Glad I found you.

    Great post here. I am going to read more of your stuff. Yes, you’re being neurotic. Yes, I understand. No, there is no controlling this world of WP exposure. The operators of this site (who I am very happy with for Pressing me) seem like Greek gods. No chance of deliberately finding favor, so let’s just keep doing what we do.

    I will be back.

  3. Oh man, I am so stoked to start experiencing this…not. Actually, no, I totally am because it means that at one point I had 1,800 hits and now I just have to try to get that again. It’ll be painful but awesome.

    1. You can do it Cappy! If you need a cheerleader just click on over to girlonthecontrary and I’ll make up some sort of motivational cheer that vaguely has something to do with you slaughtering your competition. Yay!

  4. Ghetto_Philosopher says:

    Hey again,
    I am glad that you got freshly pressed (I refuse to say FP). Infact, I used to ignore the freshly pressed posts until I took a chance on yours and was instantly hooked and impressed. Because of you and your blog, I check freshly pressed posts everyday. No other blog has hooked me like yours did (she showed me a little leg) so you’re good at this stuff. Keep it up. By the way, your genius plan to write a post about this is working. Now we’re all forced to come out of the shadows and reassure you that we love you. Brilliant!!

    1. Haha! I’m now realizing that maybe this post is coming off as a bit desperate for affirmation…….oh well. I really do enjoy the affirmation. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!!!

  5. I can only agree with everyone else, your blogs are fantastic and I check in every day since I started following last week. I’m glad that FP got you out there, it’s how I found you and I love your style. 🙂

    Absolutely everything you write is a pleasure to read – and if it helps at all, your “Flirtation Failure” blog is on today’s featured post list if you check out the “Blogging” tag. Witha big picture and everything. So you’re still winning!


  6. You’re a lot of fun to read and I really do love your style too. The people who stick on for the roller coaster I would think would certainly be loyal readers and I’m glad I came across your blog through Freshly Pressed. Plus, even your image for your blog is super cute too.

    Don’t worry too much about what you write, just follow your advice and write the way you normally do because you are super funny. 😀

  7. I understand the self-imposed pressure, and trying to tell you to “let it go” is not going to actually help, so I’ll just tell you that I’m deeply indebted to WP (not redeemable for cash, WP, so please don’t send a bill) for listing your page on Freshly Pressed!

    I’m a regular reader now, and passing you along to my friends/followers/anyone-who-will-listen (which, granted, is not all that many). Did I say I was a regular? I might actually be an addict.

    LOVE your posts… Keep up the good work, and just keep being you. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I am so stoked that someone is addicted to my blog. It all works out really nicely because my blog is completely addicted to people being addicted to it, so I guess we can all be a pretty happy. You’re the best!!!

  8. cooper says:

    New York Magazine used to run writing competitions in each issue. I took first place once and with every entry I made after that never even placed, I was hugely disappointed. The rush of being noticed is great…but someone wiser than I reminded me, “we write for the journey of writing. If it gets noticed, swell, but if notoriety is your goal, stop right now. Disappointment looms ahead.”

    I guess FP and the like are a small taste of what it’s like to get a book published…..fame is fleeting.

    I can’t think of any other platitudes at the moment.

    Keep blogging…..

  9. Actually, I think you have a great “voice” so that even your supposed “unfunny” posts make me smile and even chuckle. So, thank you for that! AND, your posts are not only funny, but also real, true and personal, so they have more depth than just the funny.

    I think you have a *lot* of “Freshly Pressed” worthy posts, but when you look at the stats — like 11 Freshly Pressed posts per day out of more than 300,000 new posts — that’s less than four *one-thousandth* of one percent chance…

    So, I guess what I’m saying is, not being Freshly Pressed does not equal not Freshly Pressed-worthy. Whoa, does that even make sense?

    1. It definitely does! Thank you so much for all your support! Whether FP likes them or not, I’m definitely keeping true to what I want to write and posting it. It would take way too much effort to be anything other than me (and being me is exhausting enough….)

      1. Thank you so much! I can’t really tell you how much that means to me. Because sometimes you think you’re absolutley mental but then people understand you and it’s like “hey maybe we are all just a little mental” and that’s a nice feeling.

  10. The rollercoaster and FP is a great analogy. After I was on FP, I felt like I had to keep writing superawesome posts, and I was constantly drafting and redrafting and redrafting more.

  11. I just wrote yesterday about that freshly pressed thing , I’m constantly trying to write better posts and think of creative ideas to write about, until I got tired of thinking. and I decided to keep on writing about anything I like, without thinking of being on Freshly Pressed..I think their criteria is a bit vague,they should be more specific..i don’t know

    and, your writing doesn’t always have to be funny, it can be just about expressing some feelings,and maybe that will get you on the roller- coaster again!

    best wishes;)

  12. crossyoursweetheart says:

    I found your blog because of Freshly Pressed, but I’ve kept visiting because I love what you write! Don’t let the stats get you down. You’re awesome.

  13. I don’t really think that you can or should keep all your posts “freshly pressed worthy”, you should keep them authentic.

    This post, although not funny, is still you and I can say that for sure, although I know you just since FP. You can see the dynamics, honesty, irony, openness, the feminine way of thinking… So I like it, if you write something, just to be funny or worthy, one could feel that and it wouldn’t be as good as this post for example.

    So relax and be yourself, I like that 🙂

  14. marinasleeps says:

    Don’t feel bad … you got recognized. And people are following like me .. your on my blog roll of people I follow. I worship you … if you were to create a clothing line I would wear it. If you were to make a movie, I would watch it. Feel better? No. Damn … I was fp’d yesterday … so its all down here from here huh?

    I am making my noose!

    1. Haha! Congrats on being FP’d! It’s not all downhill, I’m just neurotic and ridiculous. Thanks for following my blog! And for worshipping me, I think that is a wise and admirable decision. I’m a fan of your blog as well! Thanks!!!! Also, please put the noose away.

  15. As I always say, quality wins out over quantity. I can’t help but come back here every day because I love your blogs. So what if some people only read when you were FP. At least you got some attention and a few followers is better than none!

    I also started blogging as a means of getting things of my chest and am sometimes embarrassed by the things I wrote and am on the verge of deleting them at a later date but then that feels like cheating because it’s how I felt at the time.

    I’m not convinced I’d want to be FP or that I will be because my blogs are too personal and really not funny, more whiny.

    Just keep on doing what you’re doing!

    1. Thanks! And thanks for always reading! I am thrilled I was FP’d but it really is better (at least to me) to have a core group of people who really like and appreciate my writing. I’m definitely giving myself a break from the pressure of FP’d and just writing funny like I always do. Thanks so much for your support!!

  16. Hippie Cahier says:

    There, there. Someone needs a virtual hug. 🙂

    Your FP post is how I “found” you, so I’ll just say off the bat that I’m glad about that.

    I consider yours a cautionary tale. I’m really just getting settled into a style/persona/vision of what my blog is (and it reflects only very minute aspects of the total, real “me”). In any case, that was my point in starting to blog: I just needed a place to express things and I wasn’t the least bit interested in stats or being Freshly Pressed. Really!!

    Then I started to see others being FP’ed and one of my posts was picked up elsewhere (not by FP) and the thought started creeping in that maybe one day something similar of mine would be FP’ed.

    Cut to this very odd week where for some reason I decided that I was going to write something every day and before I knew it I realized that I had a hidden agenda to be FP’ed! I shocked my own self.

    Then yesterday I realized that I was checking my stats almost obsessively and that I had thrown together a crappy looking outfit and not done my hair because I was trying to the get pictures right in my daily post. And I hadn’t been to the gym all week!

    Still no FP, and now that I read your tale of woe, I’m thinking that’s fine.

    You’re still fabulous, and it’s just a matter of time before you’re back on the main screen. I just know it!

    1. Thanks so much! Your story is so similar to mine- at first this blog was just about me writing what I wanted to write (and it did take me a few months to find my voice) but for the last few months as more people have started reading I have been pretty obsessed with my stats and then I got FP’d and my stats went bananas and it’s like the post I wrote about blogging being addicting (and also the post I wrote about my blog being an attention whore). And I just need more of it! DEEP BREATH. Ok- but honestly as long as people like you like what I’m writing and keep coming back I am over the moon happy whether I’m FP’d or not. Thanks so much for reading!!!!

    1. Thank you! That means a lot! Yeah, I am definitely over the moon that I made it but I just want to make sure that all of my posts are “Freshly Pressed” worthy. As long as you guys like what I write I’m happy though! (Mental hugs)

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