“Why I am not Freshly Pressed”

Rian from “Truth and Cake”  is the first blogger who I followed after starting this current blog writing streak.  She is a wonderful writer, blogger (bloggess? nah), and person.  The page also says she has 1,721 followers.  She writes that a great deal of those came when she was “freshly pressed”.  Makes sense to me.

Robin Coyle has 673 followers and was just recently freshly pressed.  Robin makes me laugh and has been a good friend in the blogger world.  She talks about her up coming novel and writes a lot of times about writing.  Makes sense to me.

Susie Lindau  has 1,539 followers and was recently freshly pressed.  Susie is wild (she will tell you so herself) and shares her blog, once a month, by letting us all link to a post we really want read of our own.  Makes sense to me.

Now, this next list is just names of people / blogs.  There are the people that may have been freshly pressed.  I can’t remember and there is no good way (that I know of) to find out.

Sam at Everyday Asperger’s with 845 followers

Pretty Feet Pop Toe with 948 followers

Arianna’s Random Thoughts with 216 followers

Your Daily Dose with 482 followers

August McLaughlin with 563 followers

If I am following any of you and you have been freshly pressed and I missed you – sorry.  Please feel free to mention it in the comments.  Give yourself a link.  As for those above, all are great blogs and I try to never miss reading them.  Also, while I still follow well over 100 blogs, I have found that I can’t realistically read all of those every time they have a post.  So, I have stopped the email updates for about 26 of those.  If a couple of posts go by and you don’t notice a “like” or a comment from me and you miss me (aww), then drop me a comment and let me know.  I will add you back.  I am pretty certain I have most of the ones I currently just can’t miss.

As for me, now.  Why am I not freshly pressed?  I looked at this question and I did some research and I think I have some ideas.

There seem to be several things about this.  I read someone’s post (like Rian) and I understand.  Her posts, in my humble opinion, are darn near perfect.  They are funny, sincere, and surround a subject that, most times, is current and thought-provoking.  I read people who write about things that are either fascinating to me or I know would be to others.  They are set up cute; the pics are nice; the titles are catchy; all of those things work. Hmm, some of mine do, too.

I understand that they should be error free.  Okay, MA in English and teacher here. myne Mine r are  2 too.

I used to link it to a possibility that WP felt I wasn’t giving proper credit to the pics that I borrow.  I make a statement on my page concerning copyrights that I embed the information in the pic itself.  Almost always, if you look at the pic info, the original pic image is credited and if you click on the pic you will go to the page where the pic was taken from.  So, mine are too.

Someone can request that you be freshly pressed.  Ah, now we are getting somewhere.  I have no control over this and don’t want any.  That part I leave up to my reading audience.  I have only sent in one request, a while ago.  I can’t be upset if this hasn’t happened.  So, I am not concerned about it.

That brings me to the last thing.  Time and effort and future effort.  I have read how people who get freshly pressed have their views and followers go up immensely, as well as their comments.  I hear stories of views and comments in the thousands, followers doubling and tripling due to exposure the the full WP audience through freshly pressed.  I imagine that is most everyone’s dream somewhere in their heads.

I look at what I do; I am impressed with what I do in my average day.  But, I don’t think I have taken people through my average day.  So, sit back, take your shoes off, and know that if you fall asleep through the next few paragraphs, I will pinch your toe until you wake.

My stroke has had tremendous physical effects on my fatigue level and it has totally screwed played havoc with my sleep.  So, I will start with my glorious bedtime between 11:30 and 3:30 just depending on a lot of factors.  I shoot for 12:30-1:00, so let’s do that.  I will, usually, wake up at about 3:30 and again at 5:30-6:00.  I will then sleep until about 7:30-8:30.  I get up at that time and eat breakfast.  I test my sugar, fix my breakfast, and sit down at the computer.

1)  I read my morning emails (about 25-55) and sort them into several groups: a)  new posts  b)  Family, friends, so on  c)  my blog concerns  d) ones left that I read first

2)  I log into my blog and leave my email up.  I check Amazon to see if I sold anything.

3)  I read the “other” emails, then start on my new blog posts from others (15-25)

4)  after about 1 hour, I have to stop and do something else.

5)  this varies, but goes on for about 30-60 minutes longer.

6)  now, fatigue from lack of proper sleep has caught up and I need to lay down (around 10:00am)

7) I rest until about 1:00pm) Isn’t this exciting! (pinches toe)

8) I eat lunch and then try to finish reading or go out if I need to be somewhere

9) I eat supper (in or out) about 6:30pm

10) I come home and finish my posts and post my own for the night (set to post at 10pm)

11) about 10:30pm I work on “Words with Friends” (on FB, I have 16-20 games going)

12) Sometimes, I watch a movie

13) Recheck email for the 4-5th time today.

14)  I go to bed, read for about 20 minutes and try to sleep (after taking night meds)

Now, understand that, during all of this, I may have to wrap/mail an Amazon package, go to the Reflexologist, work with the person who cleans my house.  I will have to shower, shave (most days), and do general things.  I keep busy.  I eat out with my Sis or my best friend.  I have another friend I eat out with or take in a movie.  I may go out on a date (there, finally got your attention.  I noticed you sat up.).  And, there are several other things that may just crop up and I have to take care of.

Let’s also not forget that I do write and have been published.  That takes time, too.

Add to that, I “like” all the posts I read.  I comment on most of them and I answer my own comments.

All in all, I fill my days.  That is if no “complications” arise.  I am happy and this schedule works for me well.  I have been trying to see how it would change if I had 1,000 followers instead of 400; 1,000 “likes”; 100-200 comments instead of 5-7.  Wow!

Don’t get me wrong; I would love that; it would be an adjustment but one worth doing.  It’s just that I understand more of how God works and, up to now, I am not sure how I would have handled such a change.  However, now, I have changed, God has allowed me to grow and improve; I sleep a little longer at a time now; my fatigue is a bit less (I don’t always take the nap); I think a bit better.  My memory is still flaky, but I seem to be able to concentrate and work just a bit faster.  I have a little more energy.

I am trying to say that I believe I could now handle being freshly pressed.  Am I asking you for anything?  No, not a bit!  I am just making a statement to the world.  I believe most of my posts are better than before; I believe I help people with them; I know I have a great circle of close friends in the blogging world as well as those people I just know a bit about and those I am learning about.  I share a lot and intend to share more.

What it finally came down to was the realization that I am not trying to be freshly pressed.  I am simply writing, blogging, and enjoying my world.  I realized that is what I should be doing: enjoying my world.

So, after finishing this post, I can say that whatever happens is fine; I knew that, anyway.  I think I just needed to say it loudly and, apparently, wordily.

Namaste,

Scott

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  • lazylauramaisey  On April 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Great post. My sentiments exactly. I don’t think about or even check freshly pressed. I just blog and I enjoy it and that’s all I need from it.

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  • jmmcdowell  On April 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I’ve never been FP’d, and I doubt I ever will. Most of my posts are too specific to writing and wouldn’t grab the attention of a larger audience. I think that’s one of the main things WP is looking for. But I post about what I’d like to say, not what I think will win me a popularity contest. So I’ll just continue to congratulate my blog buddies who do get there.

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    • kindredspirit23  On April 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Same as me; I think that’s good and the best. I enjoy reading your posts as do a lot of others.

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  • thehappyhugger  On April 14, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I have never been freshly pressed and probably will never be either – for many, many reasons – and I don’t expect it either. I must also say that I have seen many of my blog friends become FP’d, and then I think “well good for them” because they deserve it, but then I have also sometimes scrolled through FP’d blogs and just don’t get it.

    You however, should have been FP’d long ago already. You are a great writer.

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  • bert0001  On April 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    ?!? why / what ??? I think I like my blog the way it is right now. I don’t want to make a professional activity from it (for the moment, who knows what future brings – but i’m sceptical – my pen is hard and not so popular) And I had posts with close to 100 likes and 250 views, but the strange thing is that I never thought of those particular posts as strong articles. They were indeed closer to popular.
    I think you might have a little more time than I do, and you are a very good writer, so you deserve all the publicity in the world. I have my kids, my jobs and my students …
    Success!!!!

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    • kindredspirit23  On April 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you. God has given me this time and I am trying to use it. Wow! 250 views; I have never had that yet.
      We can both enjoy our posts as well as each others posts.
      Keep writing.
      Scott

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  • Truth and Cake  On April 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Ahh, Scott, you flatter me. I appreciate the kind words. You know, I’m really not sure there’s a set rhyme or reason to Freshly Pressed. They have changed the format recently so that it’s no longer on the home page and they’ve phased in a “Recommended Blogs” sidebar which I think is bringing more subscribers to everyone, not just those who are fp. I think it’s just a matter of them coming across your posts at the right time. Truth be told, I had no image attribution on one of my fp posts–it was from pinterest and I could not for the life of me find the source. I really hope it happens for you, but I can tell you from experience that a flood of people isn’t as important as a community and a conversation (which you have). P.S. love the pinch my toe crab 🙂

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    • kindredspirit23  On April 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Oh, I do love my community. I wouldn’t give it up for much of anything! I also do truly enjoy the conversation(s) that I get the opportunity to experience and a lot of it is thanks to you being the first blog I followed as it got me interested enough to keep looking. Don’t ever underestimate all that you do here.
      Scott

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  • jonathanhilton  On April 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Honestly until I read this I had no idea that something called Freshly Pressed existed. I hope that it happens for you soon, Scott. Good luck.

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    • kindredspirit23  On April 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Well, I am happy with whatever is. I never truly expected what I have now, so it is good.
      Scott

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  • susielindau  On April 13, 2013 at 12:12 am

    This is the kind of post that they would Freshly Press!

    By the way, the last time I was pressed was in June! It’s been a reeeally long dry spell.
    Thanks so much for the inclusion! I feel all Pressed and Fresh-like!

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  • rebecca2000  On April 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    If it makes you feel better, I can’t ever be freshly pressed. My blog is wordpress.org instead of wordpress.com. They don’t like us. I just recently got my like button.

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  • The whole competitive thing is driving me crazy here at WP and at other sites I post. It’s very disheartening. You have a much better attitude than I do.

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    • kindredspirit23  On April 13, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Our attitudes are our own – Make up your mind to be different and see what happens!
      Thank you.

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  • EagleAye  On April 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Good for you, I say. if you’re happy at what you’re doing, who can say you’ve got it wrong?

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  • behindthemaskofabuse  On April 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    i’ve never been either and rarely ever think about it unless someone else brings it up, i don’t do it for that either, if i did there would be too much comparison and pressure and i would no longer be blogging from my heart. 🙂

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