I would strongly advise against trying to write posts that confrom to the alleged "5 Ways to get Freshly Pressed..."
For one thing as has been mentioned there does not appear to be any real adherence to that. Also, I believe Joy Victory no longer works for Automattic (I could be wrong), but I believe there are other editors now in charge of selecting FP posts and who knows if those rules still apply.
Second, trying to conform to those "standards" will probably result in you watering down your content to be a heaping pile of plain vanilla mush. Yes, every now and then a good, witty post will make it up there, but IMHO, 97% of the posts selected are boring or uninspiring. I made the mistake early on of trying to write content that would fit to those standards and I hated myself for it. Now, I write the way I want and I don't care if I get FP'ed or not (most likely not.)
For those of you who don't know, I wrote a pretty popular spoof on freshly pressed:
It is so much better to try an interact directly with other bloggers to build up your subscription list. FP posts have enormous bounce rates and most people will comment on them just to get the backlinks back to their own site. It's not uncommon to see a FP'ed have say 300 comments and then the very next post from the author barely get into double digits.
I think FP does more harm than good as it makes writers question their own talents when they get passed up day after day.
But what do I know. I'm moving my blog to self hosting as of March 17th, partly because I don't want the distraction worrying about whether my posts are good enough for FP...that and a lot of other reasons.