I read somewhere yesterday a calculation that only about 1.6% of all WordPress blogs get Freshly Pressed in any given year. That’s out of, according to this screenshot, 426,589 blogs. It’s a wonder I came across the story at all considering the traffic and email Pied Type’s “fresh pressing” has brought me. Stunning, to say the least.
My blog settings have always included having an email sent to me when someone comments on, Likes, subscribes to, or otherwise follows Pied Type. Mostly because I just don’t want to overlook any new comments, especially if they are on older posts, but also because it’s fun to find all those notifications in my inbox. Browsing through them, replying, visiting the blogs of people who’ve visited mine — it’s a leisurely little pastime. Or it was until “Grandma Gets a Smartphone” hit Freshly Pressed. In slot number one, no less (I know the slots rotate, but I happened to catch it as Numero Uno). My inbox exploded! Five, six, ten times the normal amount of new mail! Yikes! It was insane and wildly wonderful at the same time. I had to (or got to) go through every item, one by one, seeing whether it was a comment needing a reply (I try always to reply), a Like notification with enticing links to that person’s blog prompting a visit from me), or … uh oh … a new credit card bill.
I know what you’re thinking, but I normally get so little mail that I’ve never felt the need to set up a bunch of filters. As a result, for the last two days, I’ve had to be especially careful not to overlook minor little things like bills, bank statements, the latest family photos, etc. — especially since, in a desperate bid to regain some control, I started deleting some mail after I read it. (I’m a hoarder. I save almost all my old email; I might need to look up something someday.)
How crazy has it been? What can you expect if you get Freshly Pressed? Well, I’m not revealing specific numbers (too embarrassed by my usually low readership) but here’s what happened to the graph in my WP administrator bar:
And this is what happened on my stats page:
Looks like the NYC skyline before the Twin Towers came down, doesn’t it? No doubt my Twin Towers will be coming down as well, but it’s been a great ride. Thank you, WordPress, for the honor (even if being “Freshly Pressed” does make me feel like a grape in a wine vat). I doubt I’ll ever again see readership like these last two days. And thanks to everyone who flocked in here to read about my misadventure (it’s ongoing; the second, correct, phone just arrived and I’ll be heading to the Sprint store again tomorrow, hopefully for the last time, to finally get everything straightened out); maybe you even found something else of interest while you were here. It’s been fun meeting so many new bloggers and I look forward to seeing many of you in the future, either here or at your place.