Has anything in the blogosphere ever created as much angst and envy as “Freshly Pressed?”
Folks, we’ve got to stop obsessing about Freshly Pressed. Consider the following from WordPress.com News:
WordPress.com bloggers published 39,705,625 posts in January . . . “and we featured 190 of them on Freshly Pressed.”
Think of it. McDonald’s hamburgers, billions sold! Blog posts, millions and millions! Freshly Pressed, 190 in January.
Numbers, large or small, boggle my mind. I should have paid more attention in arithmetic.
This much is obvious: It’s reached the point that a single ordinary blogger has a better chance of being
struck by lightning than being featured on Freshly Pressed. (“Lightning” is such a cliché.)
A single, ordinary blogger has a far greater chance of being mauled by a polar bear AND winning a Pulitzer Prize on the same day, than of being featured on Freshly Pressed. I haven’t calculated what the odds are for a married, ordinary blogger.
The odds weren’t always so long. When I started blogging, back in 2007, WordPress bloggers and posts were counted in the hundreds of thousands. Now they’re counted in the millions.
Back in the day, even simple, ordinary blogs like mine sometimes turned up on Freshly Pressed. Not that my blog deserved such recognition; it was unaccountable. I think they simply picked mine out of a hat. Now, they pick them out of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Get over it. Most of us are about as likely to land on Freshly Pressed as we are to complete AND publish a novel.
What we need is to keep a positive attitude. For instance, if we put a million bloggers in the same room, pecking away on word processors at the same time, we would eventually write a bestseller. Maybe. That much is obvious.
— John Hayden