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Why I Will Never Be Freshly Pressed

I don’t own an iron…

Many of you reading this are WordPress Bloggers. You may have heard of being ‘Freshly Pressed’, where WordPress Editors pick out posts that are instantly given a lot of attention. It feels like their way of saying some bloggers are better than others, that they’re more worthy of sharing.

I even Googled, ‘How to get Freshly Pressed’.
Hmmm, note to self, next time you search, add, ‘on WordPress’, because, wow, that got weird, really fast.

Apparently none of my blog posts have: ‘enlightened’, ‘inspired’, ‘entertained’, or got the WordPress Editors ‘talking’.

Oh well, at least I’ve learned a lot about blogging, sorta…

  • I’m more concise (applause).

  • I know about: fonts, stats, sharing, widgets, I know what SEO stands for, Search Engine Oops, maybe I don’t.

  • I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest – I’m everywhere and as it turns out, nowhere.

  • I’ve virtually met fantastic people…or who knows, maybe they’re all one giant app that pretends to be bloggers and readers.

  • I’ve made mistakes…many. I’ve had popular posts and some you could hear crickets chirping as the post sits there being ignored.

  • I’ve been encouraged, discouraged, disappointed, and delighted.

  • I’ve learned to not take it too seriously.

  • Yet for Freshly Pressed folks, apparently I don’t write ‘unique content’ that’s free of  ‘bad stuff’  (where’s the fun in that?).

  • I don’t have a ‘point of view’ (that’s silly, everyone has a point of view, even if they borrowed it from someone else).

  • I don’t paint them ‘a picture’ or make it easy on their eyes (this seems like a blatant attempt to get me to buy a Premium package).

  • I don’t add ‘relevant tags’ (too many tags, not enough tags, make up your mind).

    My headlines can be ‘ignored’ (I already put the word ‘Obscure’ in my tagline).

  • I make typoos, er, typos. Sorry I’m not prefect, WordPress.

I’ve tried, I really have, for over 500 posts, but sigh, I’m still in The-Land-of-Never-To-Be-Freshly-Pressed. It’s worse than being Friend-zoned.

  • Well, I never really wanted to be Freshly Pressed anyway (so there).
  • You can keep your FP Clique.

  • You keep your special jackets that say FP on them and super-duper secret decoder rings.

  • Keep your secret Clubhouse where all the Freshly Pressed elite virtually hang out and talk about us losers that will never be Pressed.

Just realized, this little rant probably  got me banned from being Freshly Pressed, for my blogging lifetime. So what? I was never going to be anyway (er, was I?).

So, why will I never be Freshly Pressed? Ummm, no clue….
How could you not Freshly Press this face?



Very me

389 thoughts on “Why I Will Never Be Freshly Pressed

  1. hahahahaha!!!! And just like this you got so many comments :-). This is spot on, love it! And may I join your club, please??? We should actually create a club… like ‘Desperate Housewives’… you know… of course we are far from being desperate because we’re not freshly pressed… but a club with a cool name would be fun…

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  2. I shared it everywhere and on reddit under Word Press…maybe………..I think you should be Freshly Pressed…I nominate you. 🙂 You make me laugh on all of your posts and that is special in itself!!!


    1. Thank you so much, for the kind words and the sharing. 🙂
      I do believe any chance I had of being Freshly Pressed might still be the bridge this post burnt…your laughing is much better than being Freshly Pressed anyway and after all, here in the Unfreshly Pressed Club, we have cake. 🙂

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  3. Pfft, being “Freshly Pressed” is overrated…”yawn” I’m not interested in that and I lmao at how searching for how to get freshly pressed got weird lol. There are so many other ways to get noticed out there…I certainly don’t rely on WordPress editors to get my message out…in fact I don’t even read freshly pressed material…at least that I am aware of lol…I find most of the articles stiff and I think they are catering to the “English Major” and “proper writing” don’t get me wrong, it’s not a horrible thing but I’m not looking to have a pissing contest with professional writers…I’m just me…my blog is just my blog and anything above that is a bonus but not necessary 🙂 Keep doing your thing girl! 🙂

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    1. That’s what I did wrong, I wrote a small piece and didn’t exactly fully mention Paris…anyway, I’m pretty sure by writing ‘Why I Will Never Be Freshly Pressed’ I sealed my fate and will never be Freshly Pressed. The WordPress Editors don’t seem to have much in the sense of humour department. I’m ok with being Freshly Unpressed or Unfreshly Pressed, either way, there’s cake. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by, hope this week is treating you kindly so far. 🙂


  4. How did I miss this post the first time? I just found it on OM’s site.

    Most of us have given up the idea of ever being Freshly Pressed. At this point, I’m not sure I would consider it that much of an honor considering the posts they tend to choose. I figure as long as my follower count continues to rise, I must be doing something right.

    Oh, and I have been Harshly Pressed (thank you, Jason) – now that’s a badge I can be proud of.


    1. Glad you found it now, isn’t Jason amazing?
      I’m fine being in the Freshly Unpressed Club, we have cake! 😉
      Harshly Pressed would be much better. 🙂
      Hope this week is being good to you so far. 🙂


      1. Jason has always been a great help. I love that he not only responds to comments, but on the few occasions I’ve found it necessary to email him, he has always answered promptly and without making me feel stupid.

        BTW, since you’ve been reblogged by Jason, you have, in fact, been Harshly Pressed and there is a badge for that. Not that you need additional recognition – I’ve just joined the other 8,000+ people who think you’re great!


      2. Oh, then I’ve been Harshly Pressed before, I knew it felt good. lol 😉
        Jason is wonderful, honest, helpful, and so generous with his time and knowledge.
        Thank you for joining us here, we have a lot of fun with some serious stuff thrown in, but who knows what will be next!
        Glad we found each other, hope we can virtually visit often!!! 🙂

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  5. I try to visit the freshly pressed blogs at least once a day. I haven’t stumbled on many of them that I would classify as fresh material and even fewer that I would take the time to comment on. Most of them seem to be regurgitated headliners or even copy pasted articles from news, and magazines complete with links. They are generally lengthy and can contain professional quality photos. Most of them are very well written, similar to what I might find in small town newspapers who get their stories from the AP and more or less stick to the story line while adding their own flare. I’d guess that most of them put a good deal of effort into a post that looks professional.

    If I were going to attempt to make it to the freshly pressed pages I would study the ones there and follow their format. Kind of like in college when you find out what the teacher likes and deliver it or you never do get that A. I don’t begrudge those willing to make the effort but it’s not on my to do list. My blog is just for fun.

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  6. I love this! I sometimes how to be Freshly Pressed but considering most of my posts are reviews of books and films I doubt I’ll ever be considered. Any time I look at them (which isn’t often) the posts seem to be serious poetry, meaningful and inspirational life story or someone spouting their opinion on something or other. If I ever get the chance to write such a post I’ll be sure to use American spellings of words as my tags!


    1. You can be part of our Unfreshly Pressed or Freshly Unpressed, well, whatever club, we have cake and personally, I love movies, TV, books and you’re an amazing reviewer, so it works for me. 🙂
      I often forget to spell things the American way, I just randomly add ‘u’s to everything (well, maybe not everything). 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by, hope this week is treating you well. 🙂

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      1. Freshly Unpressed sounds good to me! Thanks, and I am loving your blog also. 🙂 I’m always having red squiggles under the English spelling of words which I leave as they are. Thanks, you too!


  7. I don’t see what the juice is about being Freshly Pressed. I was Freshly Pressed and it was a nice honor to achieve. But Freshly Pressed is equivalent to going viral.. It’s random, or it’s based on what trending in the world or a certain niche. There are millions of blogs, and thousands created daily. A part of blogging and writing is to enjoy what you do, also you can get recognition from your peers and more brilliant of things than a button. 🙂 Just my thoughts. Hold it down and be merry… Great blog you have here by the way. 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      Yes, I had fun poking some fun at the fact that I will never be Freshly Pressed and I’m pretty sure my little satirical romp sealed my fate on that one. 😉
      The best part about blogging so far, is clearly hands down, other bloggers and readers. 🙂
      Hope this week is treating you well. 🙂

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      1. Thank you… Trust me I was just like everyone else, hunting for it, then I said f it and everything else fell in place and now 1,900 posts published, I still got places to go with my writing and blog.

        Kudos. Really engaging writing you have. 🙂


  8. I actually tried reading some of that Freshly Pressed stuff once, it didn’t strike me as especially special. I’ve since then moved on, I don’t think I can meet the criteria anyhow, being as how I kind of make typos here and there. But wouldn’t it be ironic if this is the one post they really notice, and this post about never being Freshly Pressed is the one that gets you the decoder ring, and the Jacket and tour of the club house?


    1. I’m pretty sure this post sealed by fate of never being Freshly Pressed, the WordPess Editors aren’t known for their sense of humour. 😉
      That’s ok, I like our Unfreshly Pressed Club, we have cake. 🙂 Hope this week is treating you kindly. 🙂

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  9. Wait a second, this fresh pressed thing that has older posts isn’t totally random. I thought it was like how my wordpress app goes crazy because I didn’t pay for a premium service.


  10. I love this!! I just started blogging about three months ago. I started writing with big dreams (still have them), but I had to realize not everyone is going to like my content. While I would love to be freshly pressed, it doesn’t define me as a blogger or writer.


    1. Richard, You had me at cookies… 😉
      I hadn’t watched ‘Home Alone’ last year and it somehow didn’t feel right so I’ve rectified that and may have to do it again (would have been a shorter, less fun, and more brutal movie with competent burglars).
      And now I have Wham! in my head, ok, I’d be lying if I said they weren’t there already. 🙂
      Hope your Dad likes his onsie.
      Love your reading choices concerning fantasy, now I have a craving for Phillip Pullman readathon. 🙂
      Emma Watson is awesome.
      I love your BAPS, a great idea!
      Thanks for the nomination and the mention, I’m glad you enjoyed my post(s), as I’m enjoying yours. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly. Best wishes, Donna. 🙂


  11. I love your stuff, including the other readers’ comments here!:D I’ve just started blogging again last month, and didn’t even know how freshly pressed works until this (now I know why my recent posts don’t appear there). Well, I’m joining the Unfreshly Pressed club–wrinkled from laughing and proud!


    1. You can be in our club although I don’t know if we have a consensus about the name yet, which do you prefer, ‘Unfreshly Pressed’ or ‘Freshly Unpressed’? Either way, we have cake. 😉 😉 🙂

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  12. My MIL got me my iron…..she’s been dead for 9 years. The last time I used that thing was probably 9 years and 2 weeks ago in an effort to please her. Now my daughter uses it to iron cloth napkins for the holidays. I’m totally cool with paper napkins but the hubs is a traditionalist (cave man) and those napkins won’t iron themselves and I sure as fahk won’t do it. So I pay my DD and everyone wins…..wait that’s not what the post was about…….why am I in the pantry (again)?


  13. So love this post 🙂 The posts featured are always very liberal and left in general viewpoint. I wouldn’t worry too much about it, you’re doing pretty-well without their help in the haystack. Love your attitude and energy!


    1. Thank you kindly. Many of us decided we’d make an Unfreshly Pressed Club or was it Freshly Unpressed? Either way, there’s cake so we’re happy. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, hope you can drop by the ongoing blog party You can leave as many links as you’d like to posts, your blog and/or social media links. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you well, from one Donna to another. 🙂

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    1. I think they contact you if you are, anyway, after writing that post I doubt I’d ever been Freshly Pressed, the powers that be at WordPress don’t seem to have much of a sense of humour. 😉
      You can be part of our Unfreshly Pressed Club or is is Freshly Unpressed, either way, we’re still happy, and we have cake. 🙂
      Love Blogger’s Pit Stop, you ladies are so kind and generous to bloggers. Thank you.
      Hope this week treats you well. 🙂


  14. A friend and I were talking about readership last night. As a blog reader not a blog writer she posed the question to me: why are the terribly written blogs filled with comments and followers and the most nicely written writing to crickets?


    1. It’s so hard to know, I think it’s way more random than we’d all like to think. But I don’t mind being in the Freshly Unpressed Club or maybe the Unfreshly Pressed (this one seems like it might smell worse) Club…we have cake, which we don’t share with the crickets, unless they ask nicely. 😉

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    1. We’re fine being in the Freshly Unpressed Club, or maybe Unfreshly Pressed (depending on the day, I suppose) and the best part – we have cake!!! 😉
      Your #BloggersPitStop is a blogging goldmine, I love visiting, thank you for having me. 🙂
      Hope this week is treating you well so far, Janice. 🙂

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    1. Yes, please join our Unfreshly Pressed or Freshly Unpressed (we seem to care so little we’ve never picked an official name lol) club – we have cake! 🙂
      Love #FridayFrivolity – blogging goldmine. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you kindly, Audrey. 🙂


    1. Thanks for reblogging this one from the vaults, I will forever be unfreshly pressed or freshly unpressed club and I’m ok with that lol 😉
      Thank you so much and hope today and every single day is more wonderful than the last. 🙂

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  15. you got more likes and comments for this than I got when I was Freshly Pressed; I have published consistently better stuff since then, mostly to the sound of tumbleweed … recognition, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be


    1. I think we have to do what we love and what we feel we want to share and if others can find it and if they like it, good, but either way, we’re pleased. Thanks for dropping by and I hope this week is treating you kindly, so far. 🙂


    1. Thank you kindly, Ian, I don’t know if you’re getting these comments, sometimes WordPress plays tricks (no treats) and says No!
      Hope this finds you safe and sound. Thank you for the lovely reblog! How delightful!
      Stay safe. Stay connected. 🙂
      Big non-contagious hugs xoxo


    1. Never too late. I keep comments open because I love when someone finds a post from my archives and so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
      Hope this weekend is treating you kindly so far. 🙂


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