Thank You WordPress and YOU

In September of 2009 my young friend Ashley told me I should write my own blog.  She helped me get set up.

From the start I knew my grammar would be horrific.  My sentence structure sucks.  I write, like I talk, using commas to pause…..and lots of dots to pause.   I misuse words.  And I freely make up words.

But I have always written.  And always will.

Lucky for me WordPress exists.  Up until WordPress everything sat in a tub.  Not surprisingly I even wrote about that once.  So YAY! for WordPress.   You may or may not feel the same way about me finding WordPress, depending on how tolerant you are of my inability to grasp the fundamentals of proper writing skills.  If you are not happy about it, you won’t be reading this anyway.  And I respect that.  I am an acquired taste.

I know that there are millions just like me.   You/I have a burning desire to write.  You/I think it, breathe it, and see things to write about all through your day.   They may be in snippets, these topics that breath through out our day.  Or they may be an on going story line that burns through your thoughts.   All-day-long.

I’m not sure how long I was using WordPress before I even discovered “Freshly Pressed”.   When I did find it I had no idea what it was and how to appear there.  Took me awhile to figure that out.

Then I eagerly checked.  Every day.  To see if I had made the cut.

Head drop here.   Some days I would sigh and think I would never be good enough.   I was embarrassed by the desire I had to be on “FP”.

I enjoyed going to “FP” because I found so many wonderful writers.   Great ideas.  Great experiences.  Great photography.  Great causes.  Great sympathy and compassion.   Great people.

I thought I had talked myself in to believing I didn’t really need that recognition.  I have found so many incredible people on WordPress.  My experience has been nothing but positive.  People are kind, respectful even in disagreements.  I’ve written horrible posts.   I’ve written some that I thought were pretty good.   And people recognized this and gave me feedback.  Communication.  Wonderful communication.  From around the world!

Someone asked me not to long ago – would I continue to write if I no longer had a forum like WordPress to ‘publish’ my work.   I didn’t even have to think about it.   Yes.  Of course I would.  I did long before WordPress.  If WordPress disappeared (please oh please do not!) I would continue to write as I always have.

So why was I hung up on being Freshly Pressed?  I don’t know.   Just more validation I guess.   Just one more person reading something I wrote and connecting to it.  And communicating with me about the topic.   Maybe that was it.    I believe communication is the soul of our existence.  What we give to one another through communication is the most concrete part of our existence.     Maybe that’s part of it.

Today I got that little email.  Telling me.  I was picked.   I know what it isn’t.  It isn’t something that will change the world. It isn’t something that will set people’s hearts on fire.  It isn’t something that will pass the test of eternal great writing.   But that little email from one of the editors of WordPress changed my world.  It set my heart on fire.

And I liked it.

And if there was a like button to like every single one of you who have read, commented, liked, sent virtual hugs, “nods nods”, I would cross it out.  Write in big red letters LOVE on it, and press it for every one of you.

Thank you.

Sincerely, thank you.

2204  posts written.          1685 posts published.             1 FRESH PRESSED.

I will gladly write 2204 more posts, publish 1685 of them to get my second post Fresh Pressed.  Thank you for the opportunity.  🙂

74 thoughts on “Thank You WordPress and YOU

  1. You are pretty fresh to me every time you press publish, Colleen.

    Before I must go luck on Freshly Press, though, can you please tell us WHICH ONE of your great stories was picked?

    Congratulations. Freaking A wahoo congratulations!!!!

    I hope that I, too, am someday honored by a FP email. Today I take pride that somebody I live and die with each blogging day has made the roll.


    • 🙂 Thank you Mark!

      (It was the one for Mother’s Day: “If You Ever…..”

      I was so stunned. I know you will get it one day. Didn’t you just hit the 500 mark for posts? I’m not kidding, 2204 posts. That doesn’t count the ones I deleted!!!! 😉 THANK YOU!


      • Your Mother’s Day post was a peach. Great!

        I will keep doing what I do, 1700 more, 2700 more, 3700 more. I love to write, so there we go.

        I am so excited for you. I wonder how this is going to effect your views and follows.


  2. Colleen, I am so proud of you, it won’t take another 2204 posts for you to get your next Freshly Pressed. You have reached out and touched so many, each day each post you create is “Freshly Pressed,” with so many of looking forward to it. I know I do. Your reputation has come the old fashion way, by word of mouth, your star shines because of your words, your thoughts and your stick people. I believe the recognition you have been awarded is deserved and justified. Print and frame your email notification. Put it on your brag wall, you deserve too. Take care, Bill


  3. Congratulations! That is great news!
    My inner hipster wants to declare though: I liked your blog before it was Freshly Pressed because it is cool. 🙂


  4. Oh WOW CONGRATULATIONS, yes caps as I’m yelling over here and you may not here me otherwise. I to look, ponder, then shrug, writing for so long, but my posts are like many others, so I understand. Well deserved sweetheart, I am glad that I found you through our darling mutual friend may she RIP. Onward and upward I say whoot hoot!! 🙂 ❤ now I'm off to peek at your freshly pressed:-) xx


  5. Congratulations, CM!! 😀 I’m so happy for you. You deserve to be Freshly Pressed, and I’m glad it happened for you. It’s exciting, isn’t it? I almost had a heart attack the first time because I couldn’t figure out why my stats were suddenly shooting up. There was no email from WP in those days. They just did it.


    • Thank you! 😀 It is indeed exciting! I had heard from others when they started sending emails. I’ve always loved FP once I figured out what it was. It’s so easy to find new reading of so many different kinds.


  6. Well deserved and long overdue! Congratulations my friend! I am so happy for you and thankful that Milk Duds helped us cross blogging paths so long ago. It’s been a great ride with you! 🙂


    • Hahahahahahahaha! 🙂 Milk Duds !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have a fantastic memory Little Miss. It has been wonderful hasn’t it? Thank you for sharing the joy with me. I look forward to many many more years of sharing with you.


  7. I am thankful your friend asked you to blog! As I read other blogs on their anniversaries, they all more or less say the same thing – a friend encouraged me to blog…. the same thing happened to me…all I can say is where would be without our friends! May you write for us for many more years!! 🙂


  8. I am always curious if I will ever be Freshly Pressed and will I know it? I am not good at looking at my emails, Colleen and have over 4000 of them waiting on Hotmail… I am sure that you deserve this and am so happy for you! Congratulations!! Hugs, Robin


  9. Colleen, another huge grin on my face at your joy, for your recognition, for your long time fans and the new ones. The very first time I receiving an acceptance letter for a magazine article, I danced around my one room apt (well, it had this odd long hall as well leading to the bathroom) – singing and shouting at the top of my lungs with such a surge of joy. (I’d almost thrown the envelope out, thinking it was junk mail!) All this to say, I know what that joy feels like – well done, Colleen!


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