Get rid of it?
The blog I need help with is roughseasinthemed.wordpress.com.
thirded, god I wrote a whole post about why they should
Eh. Just because I don’t like reading, say, Reader’s Digest, doesn’t mean they should shut it down. I just don’t read it.
There’s a reason vanilla is the world’s most popular ice cream flavor…
I’m just curious, not that I read the Freshly Pressed stuff (except for today), but why this sudden idea of getting rid of it? Have I missed something?
No doubt the cat vs dog post. OMG SOMEBODY WROTE SOMETHING OFFENSIVE WHICH WAS FEATURED SO TEAR DOWN THE WHOLE THING!!!
I don’t pay much attention to Freshly Pressed – they don’t much appeal to me and nothing I write will ever be Pressed so I don’t worry much
Me neither. It’s not a method of oppression, it’s just a roundup of somebody’s favorites.
Well WP has merrily got rid of two popular forums (showcase and off topic), moved the topics into reader scroll down format, so I wondered why freshly pressed was remaining untouched.
And if moving topics into reader format was such a wonderful idea and so good for us all, I’m still wondering why FP remains in magazine format? [answers own question – because it is easier to read like that].
In answer to Raincoaster, I don’t read it. I did read the two Daily Post articles explaining why specific articles had been chosen to be Freshly Pressed. Now, I think that is an interesting development on the part of the DP and to be commended.
However, all it has done is show that an average blog gets highlighted at someone’s personal whim and then some spurious justification is found for that. I’m not going to criticise the blogs in question, only to say there is no way they were outstanding.
Normally the DP comments on posts are full of ‘great post’ ‘glad you wrote that’ ‘I’ve really learned something there’ blah blah, and very little criticism or dissension. People did write, in far more constructive terms than I could manage, that there isn’t a wide enough range of topics in FP, that serious news/political/thinking blogs tend to get neglected, there are far too many vanilla (thanks invisible mikey) recipe blogs, or travel blogs etc.
One suggestion was that the blog as a whole should be looked at, and not just one post, which I thought was a pretty good idea.
I looked at one post on FP that was full of spelling errors, and yet WP says correct spelling is critical, to the extent that if they like a post enough, they will FP it, but ask for the errors to be corrected first.
Yes, we all make typos. Some people can’t spell for different reasons, poor education, dyslexia, and as FP is in English, some people don’t have English as a first language.
But a poorly written blog, in a sloppy style, with no photos and an unoriginal idea makes FP? It doesn’t fit the criteria on the support page about how to get FPed.
The support page also says you can write up to 15 tags. How many times have I read on here that it should be limited to a total of 10, and that includes categories?
Here my suggested options.
1) Improve the selection. Make them more representative of the wider blogging sphere. Consider looking at more than one post on a blog, and making the blog pressed rather than just a post. Don’t repeatedly FP the same blog (within a certain time limit). At the moment it feels like an elite circle of the same people with the same tastes while the majority of us are in a parallel universe.
2) Get rid of it. Put the topics back in magazine format so the reader can choose what they want and not what WP thinks is good. FP is somewhat like those meaningless awards that do the rounds – what does it mean at the end of the day? One person sitting in a wordpress office liked your post? Who really wants to spend hours replying to 100 inane comments that basically say ‘Great post’ and then disappear into the ether never to return again? I don’t. I’m lucky to get some great comments from some regular readers and that’s fine by me.
3) Do nothing. Leave it as it is. Waste the time of paid staff for something that many of us ignore.
If WP wants change and it would appear to, there is no reason why FP should be immune from that.
I didn’t see the cat/dog post, so no It wasn’t that. Hopefully the above adds a little extra information.
It was chosen by a “Happiness Engineer” not the staff of the New Yorker (who have a Tumblr they post to regularly instead). And it is great PR for WordPress.com.
If what you want is a carefully curated list of the very best blog posts on WordPress.com and you don’t find FP to be it (nor do I) and you want it to exist, you may create it. By your logic, it should rapidly outstrip FP in popularity and hey, if you have WordAds, you should make some money.
I, however, don’t believe there is a significantly broad appetite for what you’re suggesting, or The New Yorker would out-sell People.
While I accept that social media outlets such as tumblr (twitter, FB) are the way to go for max exposure, I prefer to limit the way I <del>waste</del> spend my time on the internet, so WP is all I look at in terms of social sites.
I don’t want a list at all. I don’t want someone else’s list of so-called great blogs. Just to double check, I have spent yet more time on two pages of freshly pressed to find nothing remotely interesting. Some of the posts were so boring I hadn’t the energy to read them. And there was yet another too-basic-for-words recipe blog that was totally unoriginal. What I want is for Topics to be returned to magazine format – so that I can make my own choice – although I accept that won’t happen.
Given that I don’t own a website, and I don’t get paid, it’s pretty unlikely that I would bother creating a list. I don’t have WordAds, I loathe advertising on blogs because of 1) the ethics and 2) the distraction from the design and layout.
My knowledge of American newspapers is zilch. I guess you are talking about the difference between a serious, broadsheet (as was), and a popular tabloid full of gossip.
There may well not be much call for a broader spectrum on Freshly Pressed, or for a reinstatement of Topics in magazine format, or for getting rid of FP, but as this is the ideas forum I thought I would suggest it because I think the selections in there are mediocre at best. I don’t want to read endless serious theses on the current state of political repression in Russia (or America, or the UK, or anywhere really), I would just like to read some interesting well-written unpretentious blogs. They appear to be in short supply.
Do you not find the Tag pages function that way already? http://en.wordpress.com/#!/read/topic/poetry
It seems to me you are looking at a vanilla, mass-market outlet and asking it to be something completely different. Freshly Pressed is NEVER going to be a source for hot political topics. That is completely counter to its entire purpose, which is to appeal to a broad spectrum of people. It is therefore by both definition and design, ordinary.
One of my posts was chosen for Freshly Pressed last week, and I was thrilled. Do I think this makes my blog eligible for blog of the century? No, but it did bring traffic, and as a new blogger, I’m hoping that at least a few readers will stick around, and I can build from there.
The showcase and off topic forums had seemed to me like a great way to reach out and meet other bloggers, building community, letting me see who seemed like someone whose blog I might be interested in checking out, etc. With them gone, I find it more difficult.
My long winded way of saying I like Freshly Pressed, not just in hopes of bringing people to my blog, but also so I can find blogs that might otherwise take months for me to find, if at all.
I always log into my blog from the WordPress.com site front page, and as from this morning it is an entirely new look page, with a big scrolling feature at the top, and no sight of the Freshly Pressed blogs on there at all, as it was with the old page…a sign perhaps of things to come for Freshly Pressed!!!
I used to hate FP. Now I don’t mind it. It’s not as good as it could be and I do find a lot of the choices to be totally stupid, but hey – we all have different taste. What I enjoy, someone else will hate, and vice versa.
@roughseasinthemed – I agree with this: 1) Improve the selection. Make them more representative of the wider blogging sphere. Consider looking at more than one post on a blog, and making the blog pressed rather than just a post. Don’t repeatedly FP the same blog (within a certain time limit).
I really don’t think it’s fair to FP the same blog more than once.
Have you seen the ‘series’ they’re doing on how they choose posts for FP, in The Daily Post?
@thegiddygoat – I can still see Freshly Pressed on the home page and it’s where I log in, too. However, the actual posts do shift about, I’ve noticed. Some that were there before logging in have vanished when I’ve logged in, and it’s nothing to do with the time it’s taken me to sign in!
Apropos typos and spelling errors that aren’t corrected in FP posts, what I hadn’t realised til recently is that each person who gets Freshly Pressed, gets an email and they have the opportunity to check errors, etc. So maybe those who don’t, can’t?
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