I’ve Been Pressed!


Let me just say that yesterday felt like my birthday.

My blog was chosen to be featured as “Freshly Pressed” on the WordPress home page.  For my readers who aren’t bloggers, WordPress is the site where my blog is registered.  Each day, they select 10-12 blogs to be highlighted on the home page. And yesterday, my post “Saturday’s Storm” was selected.

I wondered why, after being away from my computer for a few hours, I had dozens of comments to approve.  These were all new visitors to my blog. How had they discovered it?  Then one of the comments congratulated me on being featured on Freshly Pressed. Aha.  Then I checked to be sure. Unbelievable.

I was so excited, I took a picture of my computer screen.  You know, just to preserve the whole event. And to convince myself that I wasn’t dreaming. There’s my blog – in the bottom right corner:

What you might not be able to read is just below the heading Freshly Pressed: “the best of 395,767 bloggers”.  WOW.

In the past, I’ve been thrilled to have 100 views to my blog on any given day.  Yesterday, that number reached 1637. And, as I write this even before 6:30 this morning, there have been over 400 views today. WOW.

My excitement is bittersweet.  I am thrilled to have my blog receive the recognition, but I wish the subject matter could have been something less tragic.

Thank you to everyone who visited and commented yesterday (and everyday). And to the WordPress editors for giving me an extra birthday this year.  And there’s a bonus to this “birthday”; I didn’t turn a year older. WOW.

22 responses to “I’ve Been Pressed!

  1. Congratulations!

  2. Glad you were “Pressed” so all those people who weren’t familiar with your blog got to see how talented you are. Of course, those of us who know you aleady knew that!!

  3. 100 views a day? I don’t get that in a month! Congratulations!

  4. Congrats on being freshly pressed! You deserve it and I’m glad to have discovered your blog.

  5. Hi! I told you, you are good at this!!!!! Love reading all of them, as you are so talented!!!!!! Proud of you—–jj

  6. Super fun! I was fresh pressed on 11/1/10 and, like you, caught on when suddenly there were a ton of comments for my review.

    I’m glad you were pressed and know that even though a tragic story caught the FP fairies’ attention, there were a lot of other posts on the twisters so that meant that your post was the very best. Kudos to you. I’ll be back for more, MJ

  7. I know you probably wish it had been happier subject matter. Congrats though and Happy Late Un-Birthday!

  8. Congratulations on a well deserved honor! I’m so happy for you!

  9. Yes, Congratulations again!!! & I hope it brings many more visitors in the days to come!! They’re in for a treat !

  10. oh that’s fantastic!!! i’m SO happy for you! i hope you received TONS of comments! and i hope lots of folks are now following you!

  11. I am grateful that you were pressed so that I could find your blog! Your pictures from the tornado were mind-boggling. We get tornadoes here in Illinois, but I never seen pictures like yours.

  12. Congrats!
    What an honor! 🙂

  13. Oh my goodness! Congratulations! I didn’t get featured but I AM turning year older today! Lol! 😀

  14. Oh Dianna, I am so happy for you! I too am so sorry for all that the people of your beautiful state are going through. Hugs!!

  15. Congratulations!!! How exciting.

  16. congrats! We are all happy for you.You deserve it. You have a good blog that inspire people. keep up the good work.

  17. Thats great! I honestly find the entire thing fascinating and it gives me a connection to you, “Motor Man” and what used to be home. Keep em coming!

  18. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    This is so wonderful!!!! You deserve it because you are so good at it. Keep up the great work. I look forward to reading your blog even if I am a few days late.

  19. Happy fp-day, then! Congratulations and thanking for reading my post. You are a gracious lady.

  20. Taking a picture of the screen is a great idea! That was a great “birthday.” I hope you ate cake! 🙂

  21. Congrats! That is awesome!

  22. Overcoming Illness With Joy

    Congratulations! I love to read other peoples’ blogs. I look forward to reading more from you!

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