The Day The Warning Sign Became Popular or: How I Became Freshly Pressed

Yesterday afternoon my phone started beeping more than usual. I typically receive notifications when I get new emails, so I figured maybe I was just getting an extra batch of newsletters/daily deals/etc. I logged into my email to see that I had a new comment on one of my older blog posts. Okay, cool, nothing unusual. Then I received another comment. Then another. And another. It soon became relentless, with people “liking” my post, commenting and subscribing all at the same time. I couldn’t believe it, could WordPress really have marked my blog as Freshly Pressed?

The Day The Warning Sign Became Popular or: How I Became Freshly Pressed

Yes, there it was, my 50 Movies Project post right there on the front page of WordPress.com. Freakin’ crazy, if you ask me. It has been an absolute whirlwind since I was listed there, and I have done the best I can keeping up with the onslaught of thoughtful comments I have received. It’s amazing how many people check out the Freshly Pressed picks every day, and I have certainly received a lot of helpful suggestions. Here’s the current tally of my blog stats, to give you some idea of what has transpired:

– 3000+ views today alone, nearly 5000 total combined with yesterday (this is WELL above my daily average and wasn’t even fathomable just a few days ago)
– Nearly 250 comments, including my responses (I tried to get back to every single one)
– Over 110 “Likes” on the post
– Over 50 new blog subscribers
– Approximately 9999999 new movie recommendations

It’s been an awesome ride, to say the least. I hope to see an influx of regulars here, and hopefully create some great discussions along the way. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by, especially those who commented/liked/subscribed. You guys rock!

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36 thoughts on “The Day The Warning Sign Became Popular or: How I Became Freshly Pressed

  1. Ji says:

    So I was looking on WordPress.com and I saw your blog on the Freshly Pressed front page. I decided to check it out, and you really are a frequent and constant reviewer. Congratulations. I’ll deff be checking this blog out.

    Ji

  2. justanotherwakeupcall says:

    i am new to blogging.. just my third day here.. saw ur post in freshly pressed…love the list! i’m a movie buff too.. and some of those on ur wishlist r my absolute favorites.. happy viewing and hope u keep getting “freshly pressed” ! good luck!

  3. Scott Lawlor says:

    HAHAH That is brilliant matey. I totally made up for you!! You deserve the recognition!

    One regret about going self hosted is I miss the community of being PRESSED. I can never receive that amazing title!

    Well done my friend

    • Eric says:

      Thank you very much, Scott! I think the sense of community is the one thing that wordpress.com has over .org, although I do miss the flexibility I had before. Getting Freshly Pressed more than makes up for all of it, though.

  4. JL says:

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! I hope to be someday! πŸ˜‰ I love the movies project. I have a similar project I’m conjuring up where I’m cooking through a cookbook or two AND reading some books. I’m similar to you with movies, except with books!. So fun!! Well, you’ve got yet another subscriber on your hands. πŸ™‚

    • Eric says:

      Haha, yeah I have noticed quite a few people have been clicking through some of the links in my blogroll. Glad to hear you have been the recipient of new readers as well. Thanks for the kind words!

  5. Rashmi... says:

    hi…you are right, getting freshly pressed is a BIG THING on WordPress as your blog gets so much of exposure then…

    Anyways, I really liked your blog theme, writing reviews on movies and games. People like me, who want to invest time in watching a movie only if it is gud, need such blogs, so as to go through the review first and then decide to watch…so i must say, now on I will be a regular visitor to this blog…

  6. cinquecentoproject says:

    Congrats! I came here through FP, too, and love the list you’ve put together. My husband is a HUGE movie buff and I thought I was into movies before I met him, but I am weak on foreign films, too. Can’t wait to follow your blog and see what I’m missing and get input on where to go for the best movies. I can usually watch 1-3 movies a week, but we recently moved to Sicily, so our access is limited until we figure out what’s what, and I want to invest time in learning Italian, so I’m looking for either Italian movies or movies that have been dubbed in Italian (such as Il Grande Lebowski, which I bought in Italian).

    Cheers!

    • Eric says:

      Thank you very much! That’s pretty awesome that you are learning Italian. I bet it would be fun to watch Il Grande Lebowski, haha. Good luck with your movie watching over there, and I hope to see you around!

  7. rtm says:

    Congrats man! I’m still hoping one day WP will pick mine out of the blue πŸ˜€ That’s gotta be exciting to get so many comments, I know that is what makes the blogging world goes around.

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