At this point, you’re blogging, and you like it – it’s fun. But you secretly want more views, you want a sense of achievement, that somebody, and a lot of people, like what you blog about. The main way that this is achieved is through every blogger’s dream: Freshly Pressed.
Webisode Six: Freshly Pressed
If you are enjoying blogging, then the next step is to getting yourself recognised. I have yet to be Freshly Pressed myself, but wouldn’t mind it, I think that everyone would like to be Freshly Pressed. But there isn’t one definitive reason why, so I’ve asked fellow bloggers for their views. Why do they want to be Freshly Pressed?
“It does attract a lot of views and that brings more appreciation for all the effort you’ve put in. It really is one of the best ways to publicise.”– West African Princess
“It’s hard enough as it is to gain a significant amout of exposure for ones blog, so Freshly Pressed acts as a sort of filter to expose content that is deemed original and might interest a wider audience.”– Eclectic Kneads
” I believe the reason why lots of people wish to become freshly pressed is because you can gain lots of followers and are desperate for readers. Just like me. I actually have no readers that like or comment my posts on a daily basis and getting freshly pressed can changed that.”– Daniel in Wonderland
“I think there’s a prestige that comes with being FP, and bragging rights as well. Freshly Pressed is proven to increase your views, likes, comments, etc. (at least for a little while).”– All Means Something
“Receiving the honour of being Freshly Pressed tells you that you’re doing something right on your blog and that you are relevant. As bloggers, I think all we really want is to be heard, and when we get featured on Freshly Pressed, our voice becomes that much louder. Plus, you have to admit that those little badges for your blog look great.”– Emily @ The Waiting
“Everyone famishes for that exposure and eminence. To have your post meeting the FP qualifications/attentions is a huge step, I mean who wouldn’t want their posts to spark conversations, to possess bragging rights, since it’s a prosperous feeling. Keep blogging!”– Salman
So some could say that it provides a sense of acknowledgement and achievement, but could all that lead to pressure, as people’s expectations rise? This has been shown with regards to YouTube, where famous YouTubers created videos about them being “scared” of people’s expectations and talked about deactivating their accounts because of it. But can this apply to Freshly Pressed? After all, it is the same form of publicity…
“No I haven’t but if I ever am, I would probably take more time editing my posts that I do now.”– Ashley Nicole Books
“Yes and no.”– C Ville Winter
“Never been FP. As for the feeling of pressure, I think it would depend on the person. It would be more of thinking they have to keep posting outstanding stuff, when in reality, outstanding writing is all in the readers perception. One could never get it right all the time.”– To Breathe is To Write
” I think I have once and it was nice as I connected with more people.”– Georgina
“Not yet! [smiles]”– Dressed to Quill
Some bloggers have been Freshly Pressed, but could people say that they are chosen because they can handle pressure, as well as having a good post? I don’t agree with that, but what can be asked is whether or not there is a formula to becoming Freshly Pressed?
“They seem to discuss something that is personal to the blogger but also highly relevant to society at large, raising awareness about an important issue. Two to three well-written and engaging paragraphs of moderate length appear between visually appealing images that are relevant to the topic of the post. They are concise and engaging and leave the reader with something to think about. They are often creative and/or describe a unique experience.”– A Day With Depression
“I’m not sure it’s deliberate but there probably is. I wonder how many people write a post specifically to get it FP versus how many just want to say what they have to say. There was a recent post by WordPress about this very topic. What they look for in a post. Typically it has to be topical and it must resonate with people.”– Richard Leonard
“I rarely visit the ‘Freshly Pressed’ part of the site. I’m more interested in finding people who I can talk to and are interested in the same things as me.”– Kanundra
“Honestly, I haven’t been able to pinpoint a pattern; as soon as I think I’ve found one (for example, in-depth posts about controversial subjects), I come across one that blows that theory out of the water (such as a short, silly post).”– Change it Up Editing
“What I’ve seen is that most Freshly Pressed posts are about the things that are happening now, book reviews, movie reviews, golden globes, oscars etc, it’s refreshing when a witty or dramatic post makes it on freshly. I think it’s a little cop-out to write about pop-culture in order to get freshly pressed [which let’s admit it, most of them do] but I also think it’s wonderful when a post that’s not-pop-culture-y makes it, those are the ones I read.”– Dola Cotidiana
But as well as this, I was fortunate enough to recently interview the Freshly Pressed team on Twitter, where I asked the questions that everybody asks when it comes to such promotion.
Why do so many people wish to become Freshly Pressed?
I’d say a combo of validation (my writing/photos/etc are good!) and exposure – it can definitely help build your readership.
Could you say that there is some element of pressure involved when someone is Freshly Pressed?
That’s not our intent, but we’d imagine some Freshly Pressed bloggers feel pressure to keep up quality/quantity, to retain new readers.
Are there any tips you can give to anyone wishing to be Freshly Pressed?
We think this page says it all (and offers good blogging tips in general).
I was then linked to a page which I thoroughly recommend (see the link above and at the end of this post) about how to write a post which could have the potential to be Freshly Pressed. I’ve looked at the article myself, and the points that they highlight include:
– Write unique content that’s free of bad stuff.
– Have a point of view.
– Don’t be afraid of your voice.
– Paint us a picture.
– Make it easy on the eyes.
– Add relevant tags.
– Write a headline we can’t ignore.
– Aim for typo-free content.
– Just keep on blogging, and write what you love.
And most of them are true. Anyway, back to the interview…
Do you have to go through any checks? – Does the first sentence have to be spot on?
It’s definitely a plus if it immediately grabs us.
Is there a pattern that most of the previous Freshly Pressed posts follow?
We hope not! We want Freshly Pressed to reflect the breadth of what the WordPress.com community is publishing.
So there we have it. If you follow the tips recommended by the “Pressers” themselves, you might increase your chances. Write for fun is the main aim, but another is to make each post as awesome as it can be, that way, even if it isn’t Freshly Pressed, you’ll still get a comment going
FOLLOW THE BLOGGING PROCESS!
I’ve set up another blog, and if you have, you can follow my advice from starting a blog to getting views. Throughout the 6 weeks, I’ll be providing tips on this page!
But also, this marks the last Webisode of the blogumentary, and I cannot thank enough everyone that has got involved. When I first came up with the idea, everyone was really supportive, and this has been a big success! Honestly, thank you so much, I am so grateful. But before imPRESSive signs off (maybe forever), a few last thank you’s and words…
West African Princess
A Day With Depression
Daniel in Wonderland
All Means Something
Ashley Nicole Books
Emily @ The Waiting
Change it Up Editing
C Ville Winter
To Breathe is to Write
Dressed to Quill
The Article: https://en.support.wordpress.com/freshly-pressed/
And thanks to you for reading…