This past weekend has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Originally, after being Freshly Pressed on Friday, I thought things would die out by Saturday mid-day. Wow, was I wrong. It’s Sunday afternoon and the likes and comments continue to roll in.
One of the best parts of WordPress’ Freshly Pressed posts is looking forward to the bloggers’ post-Freshly Pressed thoughts. Laying out the nitty-gritty and quick.
With a whopping 50+ hour experience with Freshly Pressed, I’ve seen the good and the bad. Get ready:
1) You will meet some new, amazingly talented writers.
This clearly is the best “pro” to being Freshly Pressed. My comment responses are up to date, but over the week I need to visit all the blogs that ‘liked’ the post to see their content and possibly network even further. Let me just take a moment here to push up my nerd-o glasses.
Even having only checked out some blogs that left comments, I’ve already come across several new writers that have a style that grabs my eye. I love meeting new enthusiastic writers and readers!
2) You should not neglect your email inbox, or at least shut off email notifications.
I was really proud of myself when I was keeping up on WordPress with notifications and comments. Until this morning when I lazily stretched for my phone, held it above my face, and proceeded to almost smash out my front teeth by dropping it. 436 emails. That’s so serious it gets the bold, italic, and the freaking underline.
3) People reading your blog via Freshly Pressed are only getting a tiny glimpse of who you are as a writer.
Out of the almost 200 comments and likes I’ve received, I’ve only had about three negative or off-putting (read: asshole) comments. That’s a really great response, but for someone who truly is sensitive despite the tough cookie shell, it can hurt a bit.
But that’s writing – that’s being vulnerable and putting yourself out there for the sake of your writing growth. With new readers only catching a glimpse, be ready to have some misunderstanding of what you meant in your writing.
4) People will make very personal assumptions about you as a person, based off of a three-minute reading.
I have been called agoraphobic and I have also been “diagnosed” with an anxiety disorder with psychosomatic symptoms, per a few non-psychologist WordPress readers. Obviously they missed the memo on needing a solid decade of medical school.
I have a degree in Psychology. I have over a year’s worth of graduate level clinical psychology experience and I worked in mental health for eight years, with a specialization in trauma victims and crisis intervention.
Therapy? I love the idea of it. Who the hell wouldn’t want a third-party neutral person to pass their daily shit along to, no consequences at all? Even if you wouldn’t enjoy it, your spouse would enjoy if you went because they’d hear less bitching and complaining.
With that said, I’ve asked therapists about this lingering homesickness when I have to be away from home more than I am home. They all say unless it interferes with my daily life and activities, there’s not a thing to worry about.
Well, I work full-time at a college running a testing center, I am in graduate school preparing to receive my Master’s Degree this December (and I’m currently summa cum laude), I have a three-year relationship with the most thoughtful man I’ve ever met, I visit family every weekend, and I love travelling and going on adventures with my guy.
This is not to sound conceited – this is to give examples to all these new readers and visitors: “Homesick” is just a tiny glimpse of who I am as a person. Many of my posts have dry and sarcastic humor that can be lost to new readers. Please don’t make silly assumptions off of 703 words; that reader habit would be a great disservice to all writers!
5) You will get beautiful congratulatory flowers from your significant other.**
** And they will promptly be eaten by something in the feline variety.