What’s Better than Freshly Pressed?

Artwork by Melissa Stevens at theillustratedauthor.net.


Being Freshly Pressed at WordPress is totally amazing. There isn’t much better than that. 🙂

I had a post featured on Freshly Pressed once. I made a poem entirely out of clichĂ©s (with a clichĂ©d storyline) called “Once Upon a Time” in August, 2013, which was my most popular post ever. It had:

  • 1234 views in August, 2013
  • 298 views of that page on a single day
  • 320 more views in September, 2013
  • 73 more views of this page in October, 2013
  • A few views of that page every week even now (over a year later)
  • Dozens of reblogs, some pingbacks
  • 25 Facebook shares, 12 Twitter shares
  • Numerous follows during this period

That was my 15 minutes of ‘fame’ here at WordPress.

It’s pretty cool that numerous WordPress writers—including a nice variety—find themselves occasionally featured on Freshly Pressed. Everyone has a shot at it.

If you haven’t been featured yet, I hope you will be soon.

So what could be better than Freshly Pressed?

The day after my post was featured on Freshly Pressed, my website had a combined 432 views (298 were of that featured post).

At the time, I was hitting about 100 views per day. I remember thinking, “It would be so cool to hit 432 views all by myself,” i.e. without the help of Freshly Press.

My stats have always grown steadily, but slowly, yet when I was hitting 100 per day, 432 seemed totally unreachable.

A little over a year later, I’ve started to hit 300+ views regularly, and hit 400 a couple of times last month.

Then on November 16, 2014, the unthinkable happened: My site hit 580 views, for a new record.

Best Ever

This time, there was no help from Freshly Pressed. (But there was a nice boost from Australia. Down Under helped put me over the top.)

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported my humble little blog. YOU are totally awesome. And if you’re familiar with my blog, then you know I really mean that. 🙂

May your new records be coming soon for you, too. (Actually, this is the season for most stats to grow.)


If you want to check out my little poem of clichés, you can find it here:


A few readers have told me that the comments were at least as enjoyable as the poem itself.

I actually have a sequel to that poem called “Beating a Dead Horse”:


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Chris McMullen

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