15 Minutes

She is fresh, fresh. Exciting…

~ Kool & the Gang

I was asleep when WordPress got the party started. By the time I woke up, my guests were already numbering in the hundreds.

Who are these people and what are they doing here?

One of them said, we’re here because you’re on Freshly Pressed!

I’m what?! REALLY?!!!

I rushed to the Mr. and squealed, I‘m on Freshly Pressed!. He hugged me and went, WOW! But the look on his face clearly said, What in the world is Freshly Pressed? So I explained:

Imagine a newspaper that millions of people read and that contains half a million articles. Most people find it difficult to browse through all the pages so they only read the Front Page. WordPress just placed my blog on the Front Page!!!

Suddenly the Mr. stared at me like I was also featured in the centerfold.

So what’s it like having a post on Freshly Pressed? In a word, exhilarating. You get such a high from knowing that strangers are reading your blog and liking it. And if you’re like me who transferred this blog to WordPress just this year, it feels as if you bought the last Bingo card but won the yellow bike anyway.

The high sustained me as I acknowledged comment after comment for hours. (The least I could do for those who took the time to show me some looove.) At one point, comments were coming in at the rate of five per minute — my inbox was flashing with the words Please moderate, liked, subscribed. I tried to keep up, buoyed by the encouraging and positive feedback.

I got comments from college students, moms, a stepdad, people who sell water fountains, filing cabinets and firecrackers. Several run their own farms and businesses, one is a doctor, a couple are photographers, two others previously made it to FP. Fellow Filipinos told me they were proud of me. Mabuhay po kayo, a young man wrote, and I almost teared up. A whole lot of them are kids who weren’t even born when I was in high school and Robby Rosa of Menudo meant the world to me.

(Oh my god, did I just say that out loud?)

Meanwhile my Sparkline was no longer a Flatline: There’s 1,500 page views, I turn away to cough and it’s up by 50, I call my sister and there’s 2,000. This is when the ego starts to wonder: Anderson Cooper might be reading my post right now! Maybe #3thingsicantdo is trending on Twitter! Right up there with #replacemovietitleswithbacon!

Oh, it felt so good.

Some bloggers, and I am one of them, are OK with having only a few readers. But the act of writing/blogging can be quite lonely that to receive any feedback is a relief. And I’ve realized this: knowing for certain that a stranger just read and actually liked something you wrote is one of the most gratifying things in the world. Now multiply that feeling at least 150 times. Ahhh….

Then on Saturday afternoon, the party started winding down. I found I could actually catch up on replying to comments. It was time for my guests to leave because several parties were already starting in other places like Mexico and Korea.

Most of them did not come back.

5,000 or so views on Friday became 1,300 on Saturday. As I write this, it’s down to 300. It will probably be back to pre-FP levels within the week, with 100 views being the highlight of a blogging month, haha, except now I have more than one subscriber! Yes! Smile

So now that my 15 minutes of itty-bitty super-mini cyber semi-fame is up, what will I do?

What I’ve always tried to do: write (not just type), try to take good pictures (not just click and upload), edit, check for typos and grammar lapses, make sure anything I put out there will not be as embarrassingly cliché-ridden as the stuff I wrote in high school (oh gaaad!). I’ll keep telling stories the way I would tell them to family and friends. I’ll make sure I don’t get eyestrain when I read my own posts, haha. I’ll drool and quote and look for interesting blogs out there (one ‘perk’ of being on FP is you are not only found by readers, you also discover other bloggers when they connect with you). Above all, I’m pretty sure I’ll continue enjoying this.

Have you read this far? Good, because this is the part where I say THANK YOU!!! to everyone who read my post/s, clicked Like, commented, reblogged, linked back and subscribed. The blogosphere is a lot less intimidating because of you.

Oh, and WordPress? As my nephew Adam would say it, you rock. Smile

42 thoughts on “15 Minutes

  1. =( I envy you jaja, im new at this, I usually blog every day, in spanish, about life and what I learn, i have some readers, but ive never dreamed on achieving what you have right now, lots of followers, good feedback and being at FP, actually this was the way I found you.
    I must admit that I love and enjoy reading your posts, so i think you deserve it, i wont ask you what is your secret, but ill do my best to emulate what you have on your blog.
    Congrats!
    Maggie Candie

  2. Hi, Maggie
    Thanks very much! I’m glad you did not ask me what the secret is to getting on Freshly Pressed because I really still don’t know except that maybe I had the right blog post at the right time. I’m not being coy and all that because really there are a lot of blogs out there (some of which I found when they commented here) which are better-written than mine and with photographs that are just stunning, but they haven’t yet been featured in FP. (They should be. I wish there was some sort of nomination form for this.)

    I google-translated your blog (as usual they mangled it, haha) but I was able to read a little. There is great love for family that shows in your writings and I wanted to read more (I wish my Spanish were better). So goodluck and keep writing. Thanks again! 🙂

    • =) i never thought u would answer back so soon! im glad you liked it, i always write about my life, family and God. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog even though i bet it was hard because its in another language. Be sure ill be reading yours! again congrats about being in FP =)

      Maggie Candie

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  4. Hello Tita! Can I call you Tita now? Hahahaha.

    By the way, I found your blog through freshly pressed too but I didn’t know then that you were a Filipino. I guess a lot of Pinoy blogs get freshly pressed too! Congratulations!

    Anyway, I can totally relate to what you said that “knowing for certain that a stranger just read and actually liked something you wrote is one of the most gratifying things in the world.” True. After seeing your comment on my blog, you just don’t know how happy I was because it made me feel that I was not alone anymore. I wish I can experience the feeling of being freshly pressed! Argh!

  5. Wow, I thought that being on Freshly Pressed is.. well.. like.. something people who are on top of their blogging game are already used to. I thought I was the only one that smiles every time a stranger reads my post.

    You are a good read and worth being Freshly Pressed 🙂

    Good day!

    • Naks, thank you. Thanks for subscribing din.

      I don’t know about the people who are really on top of the blogging game, but getting on FP was a thrill for me since I’m relatively new to WordPress. I think it’s only the top bloggers who can afford to be blase about this because it does have its perks. 🙂

  6. Love the blog art! Congrats once again. If only you can get a Piso per comment, no? One can only wish. But the love and support and how you affect the world in this small niche that is WordPress can’t be quantified monetarily. I know, this is the nth time I have congratulated you. haha….I guess I’m a fan. :p

  7. I enjoyed this post. 🙂 Read all of it. Thank you for taking the time out to share your words with us. You deserved your 15 minutes of fame! All the best. I will subscribe to your blog.

  8. Well, who knows?! Maybe Anderson Cooper IS reading your blog…and is passing it along to Oprah, or Kelly Ripa, or someone… 😉

    What a sweet post and I’m so glad that you were Freshly Pressed and appreciate it to the level that you do! It was well-deserved! 😀

  9. I think you should be very proud of your blog. You write in a way that is captivating, you are fun and full of life and your blog is seeping of it! Keep up the good work and good luck!!!!

  10. you should be proud of your blog! your words are amazing, and your whole “feel” is very captivating. Yes, though, you were on “freshly pressed.” congratulations!

    -alexandra

  11. I got featured before in foodpress! I didn’t even know such a thing existed. But it didn’t bring in so much traffic as yours did 😀 congrats on that!

  12. perhaps you should take the tacky route and have a streamer/tarpaulin announce your “freshly pressedness?” there’s plenty of room near the snhs. or better yet sa overpass hekhekhek

  13. Hahahaha you are clearly not over it ❤
    It must be such an amazing feeling I can only imagine, look at my blog for some funny pictures.
    have fun, byee.

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