You have been FRESHLY FEATURED!
Why is it so important to use the “Freshly Featured” widget? Simply, it refers other bloggers who visit your site, back to this site to get featured. They will also find new blogs to visit in that particular area of interest. Similar to “Freshly Pressed”, it’s my way to give blogs their past-due recognition.
Before I talk about Freshly Pressed, I wanted to tell you a little about the history of this blog.
Last year, I started a blog called “The Blog Identity”. It was a blog designed to feature posts and other blogs allowing blogs to submit posts, rather than get chosen as they do at WordPress with Freshly Pressed. This turned into more of a feature blog as you see it today.
So, let’s talk today about Freshly Pressed, which is a hot topic among bloggers in WordPress. I’ve seen this on other blogging platforms too, there is something a little ‘elitest’ about getting pressed on WP. Would it surprise you that I’ve actually had some FP’d bloggers refuse to be featured because they have already been FP’d? Would it surprise you that I’ve gotten ‘hate’ emails because I’m giving bloggers another alternative to get “pressed”. I’ve even had bloggers (who were Freshly Pressed) tell me that they would rather “self promote”.
I’m sure that’s what they told FP when they were notified they were getting pressed. “Oh sorry, I don’t want to be freshly pressed or put the widget on my site because, really, I’d rather self promote my site.” Really?
I won’t harbor any bad feelings about the few bloggers that don’t like my idea. But overall, most of you LOVE the idea! So, you may ask, “Why start a page called “Freshly Featured” and use a widget that looks so much like Freshly Pressed?
The Featured on Freshly Pressed Widget
The Pressed on Freshly Featured Widget
It’s mainly to show the WP community that there is more to blogging than just waiting to get one of your posts recognized. You may be waiting quite a long time. Why not recognize THE BLOGGER in a similar way? The widgets do look similar, but there is a good reason for it. And why do the badges on the Freshly Featured page look so much like the running post badges on the Freshly Pressed Page?
The Freshly Pressed Badge on your Freshly Pressed Reader
The Freshly Featured Badge on our Freshly Featured Pages
As you can see, on the FP (Freshly Pressed) badge, there is the pressed FP post and the category of “food” , in this example. On our FF (Freshly Featured) badge, we have the blog name featured and the person behind the blog listed.
The reason I wanted to make this similar is because it is consistent with what WP is doing to feature posts and blogs. I just want to take it up a notch and help them by highlighting even more blogs worthy of recognition.
Also, there is nothing more gratifying than posting a featured widget on your blog showing that your hard work has been finally recognized. The real test will be when people who are actually FP’d put the FF’d widget on the same page.
This will be our little badge of honor. This allows the featured blog to post the same, cool widget as those random peeps who get pressed on FP. However, getting pressed here is not random. If you come to this site and want to get featured: You will and I’ll do my best to get you recognized.
The way I see it, particularly good blogs have a few things in common. 1) The writing is good, 2) The content is good and often varied and 3) The site has an eye-catching appeal. And there is an IDENTITY. Photography, Art, Film, Food, Cartoons, Ideas, Books, etc. These are only my ideas for criteria, so feel free to suggest some others.
I’ve been following Freshly Pressed for years (since 2006) through my other blogs. Sometimes, I scratch my head a little on their picks, but it seems like the more outrageous or even ‘dark’ the post , the better chance you have of getting picked. I’m not sure about all the criteria, but If you have a blog on depression, death, a current affair, a hot current topic or a theme, you are more likely to qualify. Or, you are an expert in your field, written a few books, work for a publishing firm, etc. etc. Well, you get the picture.
Now I don’t want to bash or down play the uniqueness of Freshly Pressed. Their post pics are really good. However, I’m curious (as I’m sure most of you are), who are the people behind the picks? What is their criteria? Or is it just random.
Why not just allow bloggers to ‘submit’ a good and worthy post to Freshly Pressed? Why leave it up to a few people to decide what is FP worthy? Here, you can just ask, and you will receive! Simple as that.
I know from observation, that getting FP’d is not always random. There are only a few people, according to the FP folks, that have the job of picking 3 posts a day to press.
Just to give you an idea, I’ve seen some FP’d blogs get pressed with “one” post. Yes, you heard it, one post. I’ve seen people get FP’d multiple times (even some of my closest followers which I adore, so no disrespect intended). As good as these blogs are, isn’t “one” FP’d attribute enough? Why 3 , 4 or even 5 times? Consider LongReads? They have been FP’d countless times. Why not give other bloggers a crack at it.
There are so many good blogs out there who have never been and will never be recognized. Blogs that have been posting for years with excellent content. This is where I come in. I’m not going to freshly feature posts, rather I’m going to freshly feature BLOGS.
So, to help the cause and give my fellow bloggers a little notoriety, I’ve started the FRESHLY FEATURED PAGE. What better platform to do this than here, in a Featured Blog called Featured E-Magazine!
So this is how my little feature will work. I’ll Freshly Feature blogs that I or you think is interesting, note worthy and unique in content. Even Freshly Pressed blogs are welcome (The non – elitist type of course). Usually, I will post a weekly BLOG PICKS section with some of my recent discoveries. These will be highlighted on the freshly featured page.
Once blogs have been posted, you can grab the little badge for your widget and proudly display your ‘freshly featured-ness’. Not to take anything away from Freshly Pressed, but let’s have fun some with this! Let’s feature some really good blogs, not just a post picked by a room full of WP programmers.
I know that the more serious blogs, like blogs on depression, rape and death may be of interest or even entertaining, but I will likely not make this my feature. I would rather this be a happy and fun feature of some really good blogs who are way past due to be recognized for their work and perseverance.
Remember, this is a work in progress, so every week, I plan to post 6 or more new bloggers in any particular area of interest (I.e. Film blogs, Photography blogs, etc. ) Some blogs will even get featured and interviewed. And, the blogs will be posted on both the Freshly Featured Page and a categorized Page of all those blogs with similar interest.
To see the most recently nominated and picked blogs, go to our Freshly Featured page. And if you are nominated or chosen, feel free to use the little widget below and link that to our Freshly Featured Page. Thanks and all the best!
** This new page will be a work in progress. You can go here to visit the page or click the page on my menu.
Categories: Featured Blog Series