Want to know what it takes to get Freshly Pressed?

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Many WordPress bloggers wonder what it takes to get Freshly Pressed, and those who have been Freshly Pressed wonder why a particular post of theirs was chosen over others they have written. In order to try to ease your wonderings, not mine you understand, yours, I have done some research. I have gone through a consecutive block of 100 Freshly Pressed posts and analysed them for you. You can thank me later in whatever way you see fit; I accept all major credit cards and most brands of chocolate.

“What?!” I hear you cry. “100 posts! You really did this wonderful thing for us Vanessa?” Yep, that’s right. I decided that if I was going to do this, then I needed to do 100 to make the statistics in any way meaningful, plus it makes it so much easier to calculate percentages. It was a bigger and more difficult task than I had imagined though, and there were times I wished I had never started, but I carried on regardless. I will take you through the stats in a minute, but first, I can exclusively reveal, that to have the best chance of being Freshly Pressed you need to…

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Be a female blogger, based in the USA, who has been blogging for between 1 to 2 years, and has written a post about current affairs, politics or world issues, which is between 500 and 1000 words long, and contains one image.

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Da daahh! Ah, but if only it was as simple as that. Even though 100 posts was a pretty good sample, it is effectively just a snapshot. I could have done this analysis 6 months ago, or in 6 months’ time and ended up with completely different results, or not, I don’t know. But more importantly than that, where is my control group? For the statistics to really mean anything, we would have to compare them to all the other non-Freshly Pressed posts that were published over the same time period as my sample, to see if the percentages on the Freshly Pressed are representative of the published blogs as a whole. And I’m sorry but I ain’t got time for that level of research! And so I fear that my research is probably nothing more than an interesting exercise, but now that I’ve done it, please stay with me as we go through the stats on those 100 posts…

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Location of blogger

I didn’t use any kind of technical way of ascertaining their location, mostly because I didn’t know how to do it in a technical way; from what I understand, it is possible to disguise your IP address to look like you’re in a different country so I didn’t think IP addresses would be reliable. I based this on where they said they were in their ‘About’ page, or if they didn’t mention it there, then I looked through their last two or three posts to see if it was obvious from that. That’s why there are quite a lot in the ‘Not sure’ slot. I was surprised there was only one from Australia, but maybe the Australians are reticent about revealing where they are located, and therefore several of the ‘Not sure’ ones could be them:

Stats showing location of bloggers

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Gender of blogger

A pretty even split here, could be completely even depending on where my ‘not sure’ ones fall. This is one of the instances where it would be good to compare it to the active WordPress blogging community as a whole, to see if WordPress perhaps deliberately aim for an even gender split on the Freshly Pressed, or whether the blogging community as a whole is evenly split like this:

Stats showing gender of bloggers

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How long their blog site has been going

I mainly did this one because I have heard it said on more than one occasion that WordPress favour new blogs when Freshly Pressing. That doesn’t appear to be the case particularly from here, but again, we would need to compare it to the active WordPress blogging community as a whole to be sure. This one was particularly time-consuming to do; where blogs had a nice ‘archives’ widget on the page, then it was easy to find how long they’ve been going, but where they didn’t, I had to keep going to the bottom of the page, and clicking ‘older posts’ which sometimes only added another two or three posts on the bottom, and if they had been going a while, and posting several times a week, it took a really long time to get to their oldest post! If there’s a better way to do it than that, then please tell me…actually don’t tell me now, I don’t want to know:

Stats showing how long blog sites have been going

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Number of words in their Freshly Pressed post

You may be interested to know that the average word count calculated across all the 100 posts was 1018 words, which is perhaps higher than I would have thought. In blocks, it looks like this:

Stats showing number of words in posts

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Number of images in their Freshly Pressed post

This is only the images within the actual post, it doesn’t include any general images on their blog. Where it says ‘Gallery’ that is where the post was itself a gallery of photographs, as opposed to say, the ones in the 4+ where the text is the main thing. In addition to the images, six of the posts detailed below also included videos – one of the ones with no images had three videos, two of the ones with one image had one video, one of the ones with one image had two videos, one of the ones with two images had one video, and one of the ones with four images had one video. I could have put all that into a table too…but I didn’t:

Stats showing number of images in posts

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Was the Freshly Pressed post written as part of a WordPress challenge?

I had to base this purely on whether they had tagged it as being so:

Stats showing number of WP challenge posts

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Category of the Freshly Pressed post

This is probably the most important section, and it’s the one I anguished over the most. I didn’t want to use the categories that the bloggers themselves had assigned to their posts because people can name categories whatever they like, so some are fairly meaningless in terms of understanding what the post is about, things like ‘my thoughts’ or ‘random’, and also some posts are given several categories, and some none. So I had to come up with my own categories. I didn’t decide on them ahead of time; they evolved as I went through the posts. I naively thought they might all fit neatly and obviously into about 6 categories, but I’ve ended up with 21. Yes, I could have grouped them up further to end up with fewer categories, but I wanted to ensure that I properly reflected the range of different topics and types of posts. I had to make tricky decisions because some could have fitted into a few different categories, so I focused on what I thought was the main crux of the post. 10 people could do the same exercise on these same posts and end up with 10 different ways of categorising them, so I’m certainly not claiming this is any kind of exact science. But this is what I ended up with:

Stats showing post categories

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Were there any surprises? Well, I only dip into the Freshly Pressed pages occasionally, so I didn’t really know what I would find. However, for me, the biggest surprise was how few of the posts were light-hearted or humorous; a much higher percentage of them than I expected dealt with serious issues. Out of my own circle of blogging buddies who have been Freshly Pressed, it has been mostly with light-hearted or humorous posts, so I wrongly assumed that was the norm, however I now realise that is just because the blogs I choose to interact with tend to be the light and funny ones (it seems so obvious now!). I was also surprised that there weren’t more food posts; I’m pretty sure that a while back, you couldn’t go on to the Freshly Pressed page without seeing a picture of a cheesecake.

Ultimately though I don’t think I can provide any definitive answers here, and so I’m afraid the workings of the WordPress Freshly Pressing gods will, for now, remain a mystery…

photo credit: tstadler via photopin cc

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130 responses to “Want to know what it takes to get Freshly Pressed?

  1. Blimey Vanessa, you went hardcore on the stats! This is actually seriously interesting, must have taken you ages!!

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  2. Whether you consider this post reaching conclusive results or not, Vanessa, it’s a significant undertaking…and very interesting. WP itself suggests only very vague notes to become “Freshly Pressed,” so I found your research fascinating. The current affairs bit doesn’t surprise me, nor does the favor of non-humorous topics, since most current affairs aren’t humorous at all. (That’s not a criticism, of course, just an observation.)

    The one note of yours that really makes me stop and think is the one about the gender of the blogger. Not so much that there’s a mostly-even split, but your thought if WP tries to keep it even or if the blogsphere itself is split down the middle. I’d be really curious about that research, across WP and other blogs. Most of the bloggers I follow are female (at least by name and/or Gravatar info), though I do know some good male bloggers. I suppose it falls more under a personal interest umbrella? Or, perhaps, I’ve just had occasion to build relationships with female bloggers through our communication. Rather like an online kaffe klatch, you think? 😉

    Thank you for all these research posts, here and at Limebird! Your inner scholar must be clamoring to get out. 😀

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    • Yes, I guess I was just surprised at how many of them were talking about current affairs. I suppose it’s because I don’t really follow those types of blog, so they’re not on my radar as it were.

      My feeling too was that more bloggers were female than male, so I found that statistic interesting too, but like you say, it might just be more about the ones we choose to hook up with. I do follow several really good male bloggers.

      I do enjoy research, I guess that comes from working in a university…or maybe I choose to work in a university because I enjoy research…more wonderings…

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  3. I’ve been blogging for five years but I’m new to WordPress and, hence, new to this Freshly Pressed business. It generates an audience, correct? Well…I want an audience! Who doesn’t!? I always think that people who say they blog for personal gratification only and aren’t interested in an audience are full of B.S. It’s like those idiot actors who don’t want to be famous. In an interview while promoting a film, empty vessel Emily Blunt was in serious ak-tor mode and said, “It’s just never been important to me to make a big splash and I don’t care for it.” Can you imagine! What if you’re the guy who put up millions of pounds to produce a film and your dopy lead actress is out there saying it’s not important to be visible!

    Anyway…I’m sorry…what was the matter at hand? Ah, yes. Freshly Pressed. It sounds like the blog mafia or a star chamber. +1,000 words is too damn long for a post, if you ask me. I hope this post gets Freshly Pressed. Thanks for your tireless research. Pretty interesting stuff.

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    • I couldn’t agree more. Who does NOT want an audience?! It’s like one of my blogging friends said to me, it’d be like creating all these paintings, then shoving them into a dark closet.

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      • I’m going to admit something that’s kind of embarrassing. I’ll do it for your entertainment. I spent five years on Blogger and had a nice following but, of course, I wanted MORE MORE MORE. So I switched to WordPress thinking that would make a big difference, which is kind of delusional and illogical in hindsight. Not only have I yet to see an increase in readership, I lost a lot of my regular readers because the redirect coding wasn’t working as well as I’d hoped. (That’s how my brilliant schemes typically work out.) Of course, readership has nothing whatsoever to do with my CONTENT which is always TOP-QUALITY and of the HIGHEST CALIBER. Right?

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    • I know, if it’s just for yourself, then why publish it on the web right? I don’t buy it either when people do things that involve them putting themselves up for show in front of the public, but then they say they’re not interested in whether people take notice or not.

      This was a long post for me, I think it was almost 1,400 words, but I did have a lot to cover! Mine are usually closer to the 500 mark.

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  4. Your research is very interesting. I’ve always wondered how the decisions are made on a global basis. I’ve had the privilege of being Freshly Pressed 3 times, with last week being the most recent. I’ve been blogging for a little over 3 years. My word count has been 322, 586 and 355. Two posts were humorous posts about parenting/motherhood and one humorous about blogging. I was notified via email about my most recent FP by one of the editors who commented that my post reminded her of her own relationship with her father, which was great to get some personalized communication. It was also a post from a month earlier. Hope that helps in your quest for FP knowledge! The attention is great, however, engaging with other bloggers who don’t normally read my posts is the most rewarding.

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    • Three times, wow, congratulations! I know quite a few people who have been FPd more than once, and I often wonder if they get noticed more by the FPers once they’ve been FPd once, or whether they just happen to be brilliant more often!We’ll go for the brilliant 😉 I still don’t believe that every post gets read, they just couldn’t do that with all the thousands that get published every day, so what is it that draws them to read and consider certain ones? Not that I’m bitter about never having been FPd you understand *sob*

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      • Don’t sob! I think an eye-catching graphic and clever title to a lot to grab attention both from the editor and the other blogger’s, not really brilliance. The editor that wrote me said she always enjoys reading my posts. I was very surprised I was even on the radar. I just think keeping readers is so random. I write for myself. It also helps to particpate in Postaday and other challenges so you have a better chance of catching someone’s eye. It’s true that all the new subscribers don’t necessarily stick around, especially if you write about a wide range of topics or with different tones. The topic has to strike a cord with the reader. One-hit wonder is a great way to describe the feeling. I was even thinking today it’s like one of those weird duos like Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias. Can Julio really capture Willie’s fans? Does he want too? I feel a post coming on…

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        • That’s really interesting that she said she always enjoys reading your posts. That makes me think that they follow a load of blogs that they enjoy, like we do, and that would explain why some people get FPd more than once – I’m not suggesting that people don’t deserve to get it more than once, just that as we know they can’t possibly read every post out there, it’s surprising that they catch the same people several times, but if it’s because they are personally following those blogs then that makes sense. I guess the thing is to catch their eye the first time, and then you stay on their radar. I’m making it sound like I’m obsessively bothered about not having been FPd aren’t I! I’m really not, it would be nice, just to have that recognition, but I have good following here that I value and love interacting with, so I really shouldn’t complain at all!

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  5. Whoa, you really put some work into this, V! I find it fascinating.

    FP has changed a huge amount since I started out (way back in the old days of 2010) Back then, I’d guess 90% of FP posts were food/photography/travel. If you had a post featuring photos of a brownie visiting Paris, you were gold. Rarely did I see any ‘humor’. And you’re right, still not many humor posts even today (which I find sad, of course)

    Also, FP used to be a static page, with only about 9 posts up there total and they sometimes stayed there a few days to a week. So traffic was HUGE back then. My first FP my stats skyrocketed. Now? Not so much. I’ve recently talked with a few who were just FP and their stats were only bumped up a little. FP isn’t the make-or-break blog thing it used to be. I’ve found lots of blogs that do very well and are hugely popular but have never been FP.

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    • Yes, the FP page used to be much more beautiful didn’t it. When you say “I’ve found lots of blogs that do very well and are hugely popular but have never been FP”, you mean ones like mine right? 😉 I was surprised by how few comments some of the FPd posts had actually, some just seemed to have half a dozen even though they’d been up for a few days, but maybe they had a load waiting to be moderated!

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    • I cannot believe you haven’t been FP, V. Well, I think this post might be.

      I forgot to add my not-so brilliant thoughts on what it takes to get FP:

      Tag well. I really think tags are what got my posts attention.

      Luck. It’s also luck. Click your heels three times and chant “they will FP this post, they will FP this post!”

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      • I think I’m quite good with the tagging, I do put a lot of thought into that. I’m clicking and chanting right now!

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        • You DID tag very well! Putting Freshly Pressed, WordPress etc will surely get their attention. They really SHOULD FP this post. Keep clicking!

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          • Although have we jinxed it now by talking about it?! I’ll just keep clicking and hope for the best…

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            • I don’t know a damn thing about tagging, much to my detriment. It’s something I should add to my arsenal, I suppose. Plus, I have a lot of typos. That probably turns off the English majors. I get into a typing frenzy. It’s like pirana feeding. The end product is pure Darwinism. The strong words survive, even if they’re incorrect.

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              • But also, yours is a wordpress.org self-hosted blog isn’t it? If so, then I don’t think you can get FPd anyway, I think it’s only the wordpress.com ones that can.

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                • Sadly, that’s true. I had to go with a .org address. WordPress.com does not allow pointing to old addresses. I would’ve lost five years of content. The cards are stacked against me. Destine for anonymity, it seems. Isn’t your site a .org as well? Why no .wordpress.com in your URL?

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                  • No, mine isn’t .org. If you go the .com route with wordpress, you have the option of taking the free one that includes .wordpress in the URL, or paying an annual fee to register a URL properly without the .wordpress bit – I can’t remember how much it is now, something like $20 a year, I considered it worth it for various reasons. So I’m still hosted and everything by WordPress, it’s just that you wouldn’t know it from the URL.

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                    • That’s money well spent, if you ask me. It gives your site more gravitas. Blogger was such a mud bog. Design-wise, functionality wise, etc. I wish I could turn back the clock and re-do. I’d have started on WordPress. Actually, I wish I could turn back the clock and re-do a LOT of things. Blogging would be the tip of the iceberg.

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                    • Yes, I figured it was money well spent too. When I first joined WordPress, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, so I wanted a URL that I could take with me if I left (even though registering the URL is done through WP, I still own it). But also, out in the world where you are occasionally asked if you have a web address, I can just give that and it isn’t obviously just a blog address. Yeah, there’s several things I would re-do as well, and none of them are to do with blogging!

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  6. Hey Vanessa, this is darned interesting stuff. I trust you gorged yourself on chocolate and wine to keep yourself going whilst undertaking this arduous task?

    I’ve often wondered what it takes and have never been particularly inspired by the official answer at http://en.support.wordpress.com/freshly-pressed/ – there are just so many excellent blogs which meet all those criteria but will never be FP’d.

    I have also wondered about both the number of followers and views. One of my favourite blogs (present company excepted) is Onethousandsingledays.com, which has an impressive 8,500 followers and more than 180,000 views. I don’t know whether her incredible readership was extended by being FD’d or was it the other way round? Interestingly, she is also a Vanessa – maybe they’ve reached their FP quota of Vanessas? That could be it…

    You keep writing; I’ll keep reading your stuff 🙂

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    • Ah well no, if I’d gorged myself on chocolate and wine while doing the task, I’d have likely fallen asleep on the job! Those things were saved for reward at the end.

      I’m not sure that the official answer is really the answer either. That’s the official word, but those who pick will just go for what they like won’t they!

      Oh gosh, I didn’t think about looking at the names of the people when I did my research, maybe the FPers are all Vanessa’d out, so I’ll have no chance now!

      Thank you 🙂

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  7. thanks for the insights–this was a lot of work, but I for one appreciated it–love your blog anyway–but this was a really nice service for your fellow bloggers

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  8. Not really knowing if I’d want to be freshly pressed, as hot irons are not my forte… I seldom if ever go to the freshly pressed page… and how did I then meet all of those I follow.?? By the comments they placed on other blogs that I followed, which in the beginning was only two, (people I knew)
    Is it an achievement to become freshly pressed?? Well by all the stats you’ve given I don’t stand much of a chance… Do I care?? No.. I don’t know what I’d gain from it… I have you as a follower, what more can a man ask for???

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    • Yes, most of the ones I follow, and who follow me, were just built up along the way, like you describe, seeing comments on other people’s blogs etc – you and I found each other when I interviewed Lorna if I remember. I’m very happy with the amount of followers and commenters I have, the Freshly Pressed is really just an extra pat on the back! A lot of people say that even though they might get a surge of new people when they are FPd, most of them don’t really stick around to become regulars. It’s the regulars that you get to know and like that mean the most isn’t it!

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      • I would only shoot myself in the foot if I became freshly pressed… as any new follower I would feel obliged to follow back, and I would keep reading them all and commenting, even if they didn’t show any interest in my posts (that’s just me) then I would become snowed under as I do every now and then when things get hectic here with the software…

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        • I don’t automatically follow back anymore, I can’t, I don’t have the time, if someone starts commenting on mine, then I’ll go and check them out, but I just can’t follow and comment on as many as I would like to.

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  9. Wow! That’s a lot of research. Your results were interesting. I was surprised that the word count averaged out so high. I don’t usually like to read long posts.

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  10. Vanessa, I hope you and LouAnn of Homefront get Freshly Pressed soon! You guys deserve it. Interesting stats that you’ve put up here.

    As far as I can tell from studying the FP page, WordPress seems to like a mix of topics – humor, current affairs/news, art, life musings and so on. I’ve been Freshly Pressed twice, and both times, the posts were humorous.

    WordPress traditionally sends you a “brace-yourself-it’s-coming” e-mail before your post appears in Freshly Pressed. I didn’t receive that e-mail the first time, so my only warning was when the post appeared on the Freshly Pressed page. At that time, you saw Freshly Pressed right away, and now they’ve put it into its own section. Which might explain why my first FP post was seen more than the second. Hmmmm….

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    • Yes, the Freshly Pressed page used to look so lovely, I thought it was a shame when they changed its placement. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they get less action from a Freshly Pressed post now than if they had one under the old format.

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  11. Wow, you had me at ‘statistics.’ Well done! I think you’ve earned yourself a treat. And a long nap. 🙂

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  12. Vanessa you cleared away a lot of doubts and misconceptions for several who will read this post. I have seen the WordPress explanation about what to do to become freshly pressed and I just shake my head. I see many of the same trends you highlight here and I am just not interested in going the direction of politics or controversial issues. I do not want my blog to attract a bunch of folks looking for a platform to rant. It is something I enjoy and do to entertain not only myself, but my loyal readers.

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  13. So, I just have to relocate to the other side of the pond for a while, write up a 500 word article on a serious topic, call myself Vanessa, mature my blog for another few months and bingo!

    Anyway, some painstaking research went into this really interesting post. I don`t think Akismet targeted you for that though-I`ve had four other favs who followed you into the spam pit. All`s good now though, as that gremlin seems sorted.

    Now to focus on honing my writing abilities before I change my location and identity.

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    • No no, don’t call yourself Vanessa, that won’t help! It hasn’t worked for me yet! Yes, I think it might have just been coincidence that I turned to spam at the same time as I was doing this, if it wasn’t for others complaining about being spam too, I’d have definitely thought it was this though. I guess I’ll probably never know for sure!

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  14. I can’t take time to read all the comments here, but I’ll nevertheless add my own two cents worth. First off, my blogs don’t qualify at all because I use Blogger. How’s that for discrimination? But I think I could qualify on everything else except the last two criteria. My political or social-slanted posts are usually longer than 1000 words (does anybody ever doubt that TermiteWriter is long-winded?) and I don’t think I’ve ever included any pictures with them. Oh, well, fame is so fleeting anyway …
    Thanks for your persistence and for doing such a good job, Vanessa!

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    • Well at least by being automatically disqualified through being on Blogger, you don’t have to always wonder whether it will happen to you! 20% of the posts had no images, so you wouldn’t be that unusual in that respect. Thank you 🙂

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  15. Interest stats! So pretty much it is completely random lol I wonder how/ if you can be the judge of what blogs get freshly pressed?! I know just yesterday I was going thru the freshly pressed and there was a girl that got her first post on there and I did some research on her and yep completely brand new to even the social world clueless lol but the blog was about wordpress and how much joy it brings her…

    http://www.benebeautsinspirations.com

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    • I think you have to be employed by WordPress to decide on who gets FPd! I always think it’s a bit wasted to give it to brand new bloggers because they don’t appreciate it! They sometimes just think it’s part of what happens when you start blogging! I think you should have to earn it by blogging well consistently for a while, not just with a post that might be a one-hit wonder!

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  16. Ya know, those of us on WordPress.org, feel slightly left out, even though we have freedoms here to junk up our sites with our own ads. Join me on the dark side and you never have to worry about being “pressed” again.
    Love,
    Shalagh

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  17. So which brands of chocolate don’t you take in payment Vanessa? 😉

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  18. This post should be Freshly Pressed, very interesting to read! 🙂

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  19. Wow, I am in awe that you did this! So interesting. Especially that a few blogs were gender ambiguous – I could see that, I guess. I can’t believe the word count on some of these. And I had the same revelation about humor blogs, too!

    P.S. – I just HAVE to ask – was the one “astronomy” post courtesy of my Third Hub, The Byronic Man, by any chance? ha ha ha (That’s how they tagged his last FP’d post!)

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    • Yeah, I had the idea to do this a while back and I kept trying to talk myself out of it because of the work involved, but you know what it’s like sometimes when you have an idea and it just won’t go away! So I had to do it! I might have been able to figure out the gender if I had trawled through a whole load of their posts, but I couldn’t really give it more time than just looking at the About page, and two or three posts. And no, the astronomy one wasn’t him! If I remember rightly, the whole blog site was serious posts about astronomy. I say we need more laughs in the Freshly Pressed, those humor percentages are just too low!

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  20. Great work, cutie!
    I have no idea why it took me so long to be Pressed, but I’ll be forever grateful.

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    • I do think there’s a lot of chance involved about whether they see your post or not in the first place, but once you’ve been FPd once I think you stay on their radar so have more chance of getting FPd again (that’s what I think anyway!).

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  21. Okay, I’m really trying hard to think nice thoughts about these commenters who have been FP’d multiple times…. 😉

    I’d given up on trying to figure out the logic behind the FP decisions, so I’d like to thank you for doing all this research on the subject! I do know that my subject matter isn’t the type that would appeal to a broad audience, and I think that must be something the WP folks strive for. But yes—can we lighten up and have a few more humorous offerings? 🙂

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    • Haha, yes, I think it’s all about catching their eye the first time though!

      I really was surprised about the seriousness of a lot of the writing. The ones I have classified as ‘Academic writing’ are ones that seem like something that would be part of someone’s PhD, maybe philosphy-based, and 6 out of the 100 I classified as being that; I’m not sure how much of a broad audience that type of thing appeals to? Surely only if you have a deep interest in the subject matter they are talking about! I don’t think we can really figure out a logic on the decisions, it’s down to their personal taste.

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  22. You need a cup of tea and a Bex. I don’t open the fresh door very often; I find it all too serious I have stopped reading bad news, it does nothing good for cortisol levels as we don’t see conclusions of the story all the way to the end. Tomorrow brings a different story rather than a resolution to yesterdays…anyway it’s hormonally bad. Our stress levels are always running at medium, never peaking enough to give our endocrine glands enough of a workout ( like being chased by a wooly mammoth) but never settling down completely. Have I gone too far off track?

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    • I didn’t actually know what a Bex was, I had to look that up! I was hoping it was some kind of chocolate bar, but alas no! Yes, the freshly pressed pages are much more seriously geared than I had realised! When I do go on to those pages, I don’t often click on any of them, I tend to just have a little browse to see if anyone I know is on there, and just read the titles – some of the title sound like they could be humorous pieces, but then they’re not! Wooly mammoths you say…

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  23. Too much time on your hands! Unbelievable.
    As for the Aussies, I’m one of the 99, but I do know a fellow Aussie bloger who was once FP’ed.
    Correct about hiding IP addresses. (that reminds me of a follow-up post I was going to write…)
    But I think it’s easier to hide the location of the blog’s author from the public than it is for a commenter to hide his location.
    Gotta say how much that pic reminded me of the cult sport known as extreme ironing! Funny stuff!
    Good analysis, though. Confirms I have no chance. Wrong everything. 😉

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    • Nooo, I definitely haven’t got too much time on my hands! I didn’t have the time to do this, I just did it because I couldn’t shake off the idea to do it which had been in my mind for a while! I got behind on doing other things that were more important instead, ha!

      Funnily enough, when I was writing this post, I thought to myself that if anyone was going to let me know if I was right about the IP addresses, it would be you! You’re getting predictable Richard 😉

      I’m sure you do have a chance, we have to believe we all have a chance!

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      • Oops! I forgot the 😉 face. 😉 Just teasing!
        I really have to leave my IT world at work where it belongs. Need to completely switch brains.
        I was really hoping one of my Myki rants would make it to FP. Surely someone griping about a crappy ticket system in one out-of-the-way city at the bottom of Australia is worthy of the entire world’s attention! Or not. 😉
        Maybe I should write about Australia beating England in the Ashes this year. It’s topical and has wife appeal, but sadly it’s not American enough. 🙂

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  24. First off, the picture here had me in stiches, Vanessa.
    Wow, a lot of work went into this post. Freshly Pressed might be a nice validation but what do those bloggers do, who have thousands of followers? They can’t possibly respond to all their commenters.

    In my case, I used to follow anyone who followed my blog, then I cut those down to only those whose subject matter interested me. Now. I pick and choose because I’m sooooooooooo OVERWHELMED. I try to respond to all commenters because it’s the right thing to do but half of my day is gone before I know it and I’m too worn out to do anything much afterward. I enjoy all the people I’ve met–one at a time–and that’s good enough for me. For now anyway.

    You deserve to be Freshly Pressed after all this work.

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    • I know what you mean, I already struggle to keep up with the blog interactions I have, let alone adding more! By the way, when I was doing this research, I came across a blog site that I thought you in particular would really like, I know you might be reluctant to follow more people, and you might know this lady’s blog already, but if not, just have a read of what she says on her About page – http://anyshinything.com/about-lynne-spreen-2/

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      • I’m looking at this site right now. So NICE of you to think of me, Vanessa. See what I mean about the lovely people I have met here?
        I have subscribed already to the new site. You are a smart cookie for matching us up. Thank you, thank YOU!

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  25. Wonderful analysis. I’ve been doing the blog thing for some time, and my number of posts is four digits. When I was monitoring FP posts, I kept wondering why I wasn’t selected. Came to the conclusion that it wasn’t meant to be. … and then it happened … but I keep thinking that there were others more worthy. I still wonder about FP, but I don’t write for it. If it happens again, so be it … if not, so be it.

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    • When I was doing the analysis, there was some posts that made me think “Wow! I can totally see why they’ve chosen to FP this one!” and others…not so much. It was interesting to do the analysis, but it’s really just down to the personal taste of those choosing isn’t it, and trying to identify the logic behind their choices is probably not going to yield any great answers. I don’t write for FP either, I just write what I want to write about, and as long as people are reading and commenting, then I feel I’m doing something right!

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      • Before I got it, I took it as a bit of an insult … and in some ways, still do. On the other hand, the recognition is fun. It’s also a lot of work, and to be honest, the number of regulars I gained can be counted with my fingers … and maybe on one hand.

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  26. Wow! Great work, and helpful. Helps me think about focusing my posts in the future. Thanks, Vanessa.

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    • Actually David, that last post you wrote, about Zimmerman etc, I would say is totally in line with the type of thing they FP, I thought that when I read it; it seemed very much like the types of posts I came across in the research. I’m pretty sure that so much of it is down to luck of whether they see your post or not.

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  27. Crickey, that is a hell of a lot of work! Thanks for doing it and for sharing.
    I’ve always been fascinated by the freshly pressed pages, having never been on them myself. I might just go have a mosey over there now and see what’s going on. 🙂

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  28. Thanks for doing all the analysis here. I’ve often wondered how someone gets freshly pressed. 🙂

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  29. Thank you Vanessa. The significant factor seems to be number of words.
    Another way to get people to visit your blog is to post a post about getting people to visit your blog. Huh?

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  30. That’s a lot of work, Vanessa. I’m impressed. I wonder how many bloggers have been FP’ed more than once? Are you up for another challenge? 😉

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    • I don’t have any evidence, but I do think that once someone has been FPd once, then their chance of being so again is greater than their chance of being FPd was in the first place was – several bloggers I know have been FPd a few times, and at risk of repeating myself, we know they can’t possibly read every post that everyone posts, so I think some people stay on their radar once they’ve been done once. But no, I’m not up for the challenge of proper research on that! At the moment anyway…

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  31. Good work doing all this!

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  32. really cool work – and interesting comments, too. Fresh Pressed has changed looks and more. A few years ago I remember reading some FP post thinking THIS one? They picked this one? What a mystery….sometimes I think getting large numbers of other blogs to whine about the unfairness to ignore this blogger or to get others to massively reblog.
    So many outstanding posts overlooked – have to do with time you post? Harder to be spotted in a huge mass like on Mondays?
    Current topics seem to get a great deal of attention – didn’t more FP post used to be humorous?
    Does FP really have to do with they type of “quality” links you use? – The reach of your blog to other forms of social media? Do you participate in “challenges” and chain letter “awards”. Do you play the game? Do you have a big following that can be bigger if FP?
    (They are about advertising…have to make money somehow.)
    Wish WP would do an extensive 12 month analysis and post it so we could see it….probably still be as big a puzzle.
    All I can say is just write and let the FP fall where it may.
    Appreciate all your hard work!

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    • Thank you, yes, I definitely think FP has evolved and changed. I don’t know if that’s part of some plan, or just that it’s different people choosing. At the end of the day it might all be quite random, they just read posts that catch their attention, and FP them if they think they’re particularly good!

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  33. Wow, serious piece of research. Well done and thanks for sharing your work. 🙂

    Speaking as a USA born woman who publishes nothing but political and world issue posts, I look forward to being freshly pressed soon 😉

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  34. Rohan 7 Things

    Brilliant post Vanessa, thanks so much for putting in all this work! It may not all be entirely conclusive, but it’s a really interesting look at a pretty hefty sample of freshly posts! The thing I found most interesting was that posts by bloggers who had been blogging for well over a year were still being FP, I too had the idea that it was mostly new bloggers who had the honor.

    Gives me hope haha 🙂

    Great work, thanks for sharing!

    Rohan.

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    • Thanks Rohan, yeah, I was hoping it would be a bit more conclusive, but I kind of came to the realisation that it wouldn’t be about half way through. But yes, the timescale thing seems fairly random so it gives me hope too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  37. I really enjoyed this post and found it useful. Lots of work! I was looking for the average age of a Freshly Pressed blogger, but found lots of other great information instead. Thanks and peace, John

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  40. stevensteelauthor

    YOU’RE MY SAVIOR Vanessa-Jane! Thanks for doing this amazing and extensive research! You gave me an insight on how the Freshly-Pressed system works. Thanks again! 😀

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