Freshly Pressed??


So I logged onto WordPress yesterday afternoon to check on my new post and almost got a heart attack. My stats exploded. My notification feed was bombarded by dozens of likes, comments, follows all directed at my Dream post.

I freaked out. My stats have been pretty consistent – a couple of follows every couple of days, a handful of comments on more interesting posts, a few pity likes on the boring ones. Spikes have happened numerous times before, but never this drastically. I thought a friend must have found out about my blog and shared it with everyone on Facebook. But that doesn’t make sense because all the traffic was directed at one post, and I don’t have that many virtual friends, and even fewer actual friends who would care enough to check out my blog. Besides, I’m still real paranoid about showing my blog to people I know. The social sphere and the blogosphere are two entities that I’d like to keep separate. Anyhow, I browsed the WordPress homepage and stumbled on the Freshly Pressed feed and right there, smack in the middle of the top row, is my post with its long ass title. Then it all clicked, and I was at a loss for words.

Being featured for a days and a half has already doubled my following. It’s brought me more traffic in 24 hours than I’ve gotten in the last 2, 3 months. And the support has been overwhelming. I haven’t had the time to reply to all the comments, but I’ve read every single one. It’s an honor to know that my writing has touched many of you in different ways. I connect with you guys precisely because we know nothing about each other in the real world. We’re strangers but we’re all passionate about human stories. I hope a snippet of my life has left an impression on you, just as your blog posts leave impressions on me all the time.

Thank you WordPress team for sharing a piece of heart, and thank you everyone for all the love. I’ll keep writing and keep believing, so stay tuned.


26 thoughts on “Freshly Pressed??

  1. It was a pleasure getting to know a bit of your heart. I actually stayed up last night when I stumbled across your post; and in between blurry eyes, and a tired body and mind, I managed to read and thoroughly enjoy your writing.

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  2. You sound like me when you say “I’m still real paranoid about showing my blog to people I know. The social sphere and the blogosphere are two entities that I’d like to keep separate.”

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  3. I just read the article you wrote and was posted as freshly pressed, it was really lovely. I just joined Word Press and am trying to write again after a VERY LONG break. Keep writing, I’m with you, connecting on this level is just so much more satisfying and human that even IRL situations can be. 🙂 And as I said, your writing is good and interesting reading.

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    1. I’m from China, but I spent my adolescent years in New Zealand so English is pretty much my first language. My earlier years were rough too. English is not an easy language to master. No language is. But just keep writing and reading and you will improve. I kept a diary for many years and that definitely helped me.
      Believe in yourself!


      1. Yes, it is. I even know studying English in university. I want to be a translator, though. 😀
        Reading? What do you usually read?
        Writing? A diary is not cool for guys, I suppose xD


      2. Hey, sorry I just want revise my comment. 😀
        The sentence “I even know studying English in university,” I meant to write “I even now study English in university.” Sorry, still learning here 😀 Thank you.


  4. I really like your blog especially the one that has been featured in Freshly Pressed. It is really inspiring 🙂 Keep up the good work and continue to inspire young writers like me 🙂

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  5. I started following you after that Freshly Pressed post, because its message resonated with me and because I love your writing style. Cannot wait to read more from you, keep up the good work!

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  6. I just joined WordPress a few days and came across you page today. I love the way you write, it inspires me in my own writing. I am new to the blogging world, but I hope to get more involved and share my thoughts with the world, rather than hiding them in my journal.

    I love your page and I can’t stop reading, can’t wait to read what else you have in store for us,

    It would meant the world to me if you check out my page and leave feedback on my blogs as I begin writing more on my blog. I am hesitate and a little self conscious to share my blog with friends and family. So, it would be great to get feedback from a fellow blogger who inspires my own writing.

    You are awesome, keep the blogs coming. 🙂

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  7. Nothing succeeds like success. I’ve experienced it in my various jobs.
    You are the same person, always a good writer. Every work of yours is great. But it’s only when somebody prominent (here Word Press staff) recognizes your talent and declares it openly, that the whole world will start to worship you – the rising sun.
    Keep up the good work!

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  8. So I’m not the only one who is apprehensive about people I know in my day to day life reading my blog. It’s strange that we can put information out there to potentially millions of people (maybe a bit of an exaggeration seeing as I have few followers at the moment), yet the thought of just one or two people I know being able to access it fills me with dread, which feeling I am learning to overcome.

    Anyway, my main reason for contacting you is that I have nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award. Information is in my blog earlier today. I hope you may wish to accept this (if you haven’t already been nominated). Best wishes. Kay


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