Wa Hoo! They Like Me, They Really Like Me!

5 Nov

I have a confession to make (it’s been awhile since I’ve confessed anything on here, so it’s about time): My e-mail inbox has 4042 messages in it.

Now all of you efficient/non-procrastinating/tidy people can pick yourselves up off the floor (or pat yourselves on the back) and know that I wish I was you.

It is possible that, were my inbox emptied on a regular basis, I’d have noticed the lovely e-mail hidden in all the clutter much sooner. As it was, upon checking my blog on Saturday morning, I noticed something rather extraordinary: I’d had over 50 views already that morning and it was only 9:00.

“What does this mean?” I asked myself. “How can this be?”

I “refreshed” the page again. Just to make sure.

“Yes! It’s true! And I have a bunch of “likes”, too! What’s going on?” I said not a word – barley even acknowledged the thought – as I clicked over to WordPress’ homepage.

“Could it be? Really?”


I shouted to my husband, sitting not two yards away, “I’m FRESHLY PRESSED!”

His blank look did nothing to deter my happiness.

“That means that I‘m featured on WordPress’ homepage! It means they like me! They really like me!” (Yes, I was channeling my inner Sally Field.)

(By the way, I’m on page two now, if you want to joy of seeing my photo and link in person.)

THANK YOU SO MUCH and WELCOME to my new readers. I am so glad to have you along on the journey! I am still working on visiting all of your pages so thanks for being patient!

I also have to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who’ve been along for awhile, too! I love getting to know you all.

Here’s a fun stat: WordPress chooses TEN new blog posts a day to add to their homepage. This is out of 31.7 million new posts a month. Here’s the link to prove that. And here’s another useful link: So You Want to be Freshly Pressed.

But here’s the truth of the matter: This post was not my best-written post, not my funniest or most emotional or most educational, interesting or sentimental. It’s just that it happened to get noticed. They do say that a catchy title is hugely important so I guess I had that going, at least. (Note, however: my previous post had the same title…and it didn’t get chosen! So titles aren’t everything…it’s a group effort!) Interesting photos are good, too. They also say that having links included in the post is good as it emphasizes the fact that blogging isn’t all about you, the blogger, it’s about world-wide connections.

I find this to be both encouraging and discouraging. Encouraging because ANYONE can be Freshly Pressed. It doesn’t take a perfect writer or an impeccable blog. Discouraging because hard work on a fabulous post does not necessarily equal “success” – if being Freshly Pressed is a measure of success. I think that the encouraging trumps the discouraging in this scenario.

I know that I have found with my other blog – the one that is through my local newspaper – that they are more apt to print (in their physical paper) timely/seasonal/human interest posts. I know I have seen that play out on the Freshly Pressed list, too, which is another thing to remember if striving after such a thing. For the Love of Vinyl wasn’t any of that, however! They liked it because it was nostalgic.

And, in this day of hurricanes and political stress and terrorism, people like to be reminded of simpler times. So, if you have a turn table, “go, put your records on….” You’ll be glad you did.

PS – my inbox now has 4050 messages. Time to get to work.


23 Responses to “Wa Hoo! They Like Me, They Really Like Me!”

  1. Minnesota Prairie Roots November 5, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    A big shout-out congratulations, Gretchen! I am not surprised, not at all, by your Freshly Pressed selection, You are so deserving. I’m glad you shared the news publicly because it is a very big deal to be chosen from so many blogs out there for this honor.

    My work has been selected twice for Freshly Pressed. And, like you, I did not necessarily feel the chosen pieces featured my best work. But, hey, who am I to argue?

    The first time I was like you, clueless as to why my numbers were up. And then when someone congratulated me on being Freshly Pressed, I had no idea what the commenter was referencing. Confession time for me: I didn’t know Freshly Pressed existed, although I certainly do now.

    Bottom line is that you and I write because we HAVE to. We are not writing with hopes of becoming famous or Freshly Pressed. Writing is part of who we are and what we must do to be happy. We are writing for all of the right reasons. And, if in the process, we are honored or recognized or paid for our writing, then that is a bonus.

    Congratulations, again. I am incredibly happy for you.

    (Do not worry about all those items in your in-boxes. I am like you; I fail to take the time to empty my boxes, too. And then occasionally I clean house. But it is low on my priority list. I’d much rather write.)

    • Gretchen O'Donnell November 5, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      Thanks, Audrey, for your congratulations – and how cool that you’ve been twice recognized!

      Yes, we’re compelled to write, and to be recognized for something we MUST do is fantastic when it happens.

      And yes again – who wants to clean house (virtual or real) when they can be writing?!

    • gmariclay77 November 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      “freshed pressed” How cool! I didn’t realise that that was the ‘holy grail’ of blogging here to achieve this little sample of writer’s ‘nirvana’. We writers are really subconscienely very ‘egotistical’ but at the same time very insecure, a paradox of sorts isn’t it? How can we be so egotistic about our writing yet so insecure? We just want to be appreciated for our effort just like anyone else in any field that give of themselves. When we put our heart and soul into our writing and get no responses, it’s like a slap in the face and our hearts sink for a fleeting moment and we say to ourselves ‘ hey you suck admit it” haha but then we come back to reality and put our ‘thick skin’ on again and say Hey I’m going to keep creating and if they don’t like it… it’s their problem– not mine….. as I keep telling myself that in hopes that my id will believe it someday Haha……. I loved this article btw……

      • gmariclay77 November 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

        please skip over my typo’s here…… no spell check here for me lol…… btw I found out that a lot of writers are lousy spellers, and rely heavily on spell check and auto correct which is not always correct….

      • Gretchen O'Donnell November 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

        Thank you so much! I don’t know if you read my “about” but I discuss that “ego” issue a little there! Yes, we want recognition…yet we keep on writing even without it because we are compelled – addicted, as it were! It’s nice to know we’re not alone in the world, isn’t it?!

  2. free penny press November 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    High Five and congrats.. I found you from FP so it’s a great thing for sure.. When I was FP a month ago I danced a jig and grinned all day. Enjoy it, it’s wonderful to be recognized by your peers.
    Well deserved !!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell November 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      I know, it’s so great. I think it was on your blog that I saw the fun little “Featured on Freshly Pressed” picture, and I thought, “Hey! I bet I have one of those!” and sure, enough, the info. was there in their e-mail. Lovely! Congrats to you for it as well!

      I don’t know about you, but it’s making me check out the FP page a lot more often than I used to – and I’ve found some great stuff!

      Thanks for your lovely comments!


      • free penny press November 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

        Yes there are some great blogs there.. Enjoy and congrats again!!!

  3. treadlemusic November 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Well, my goodness, it’s about time that ‘they’ figure it out!!!!!! A huge CONGRATS!!!!! to you, my Friend and so much deserved!!! Hugs, Doreen

  4. rutheh November 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Need “love” button today!! Like just won’t do.

  5. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen November 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Congratulations Gretchen!! That is just the best news, but not surprising to me, I’ve long been a fan of your writing!! Good luck with those emails:D xxx Then Celebrate!!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell November 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

      Thank you!!! You’re so encouraging. It’s a fun ride, that’s for sure!

  6. hotlyspiced November 6, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    Congratulations Gretchen, that’s so well deserved. Good luck with your new audience! xx

    • Gretchen O'Donnell November 6, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      Thanks, Charlie! So glad that you’ve been along for the journey!

  7. Alice November 6, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Well deserved, and I am so glad that others have a chance to discover your talent.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell November 6, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Thank you very much!

      • gmariclay77 November 7, 2012 at 1:10 am #

        In response to your question, I did not read your “about” but I have talked to other writer’s about ‘our ego’ thing. haha! Maybe I will make ‘fresh pressed’ some day but right now I am enjoying having published my first book of poetry….. that’s my day in the sun for now!! Congratulations on being fresh pressed!

        • Gretchen O'Donnell November 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

          A first poetry book is fantastic! Congratulations!

  8. Sartenada November 9, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Wow, congratulations! The number of messages is understandable – wow again!

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