When I started blogging, I checked the Freshly Pressed homepage to find blogs to read. Then I discovered the Topics page and searched that way. Once I found blogs I liked, I checked out their blog rolls or went to the blogs of those who commented. On those blogs I found more blog rolls and more comments.
I don’t cook anymore because I’m too busy learning how to make (and spell) bouillabaisse; my house is a mess, but I know how to make environmentally safe cleaning products and how to organize my closets; and I rarely speak to my husband because I’m too busy reading the five blogs I found that tell you the secrets to a happy marriage. Plus, there’s the stat-checking, which reminds me.
Hi. I’m back.
But that’s not what I want to talk about today. Yesterday I did check out Freshly Pressed, and I saw somebody I knew! In blog talk, that means a blogger that I follow and who follows me. Unlike in the real world, in the blog world, you want a bunch of strangers to follow you. Whoever has the most stalkers wins. But to have stalkers, you must stalk; so it’s difficult to know who is following who. It’s like riding a carousel but without the music. I’m the one on the Palomino.
But that’s not what I want to talk about today either. (Going round and round like that makes me dizzy!) Kate of Views and Mews of Coffee Kat got Freshly Pressed. Not Kate herself because that would hurt, but her blog. Go see right now; there is not a wrinkle in sight. That’s how good those WordPress ironers are.
Congratulations, Kate. Don’t worry about the rest of us and our wrinkly blogs. We’ll manage somehow.
I’ve been tirelessly working on a list of awards for the rest of us. See below. Please feel free to add your ideas.
Freshly Blessed – for blogs with a spiritual emphasis
Freshly Dressed (fowl division) – for cooking blogs
Freshly Dressed (human division) – for fashion blogs
Freshly Messed – for blogs about home renovation
Freshly Stressed – for mommy blogs
Freshly Tressed – for blogs about hair styling
Pressed Flesh (G-rated) – for blogs about pregnancy
Frenchly Pressed – for blogs about coffee and the French press
45 thoughts on “Awards for the rest of us”
Funny! Thanks for the chuckle.
Really funny blog. I am working on getting the Frenchly Pressed award! Thanks for the link.
When are you going to send me your autograph?
I think that “Freshly Messed” applies to my house which is not under renovation. It is simply managed by a blogger who has stopped cleaning to check her stats.
I hear you – it’s like a disease.
I was so impressed with your awards, I decided I needed to make one for you. I actually had to get out a pen and paper to make it which is pretty extreme because I do not think I have used a writing utensil other than my keyboard more than three times in the past year.
Just a minute.
My stats are crazy today. Don’t know why. It might be because one of my “friends” was Freshy Pressed, too. Snoring Dog Studios or SDS as I like to call her. Unfortunately, her 563 new followers don’t like my site – they are just clicking on me and leaving.
Back to your award. It’s the “Dress Flesh Prey” award (think Eat Love Pray). It’s the best anagram I could come up with for Freshly Pressed, and it’s all yours!
Thank you for the anagram award. I see a great future for you as an Anagrammist. Now I must dress my flesh lest someone prey on me. I will, of course, waste all evening now anagrammatizing. Once of these days, I’m gonna tackle that name of yours.
Love it. I admit that I’ve never yet visited the ranks of the Freshly Pressed–didn’t even know they existed until relatively recently. How’s that for dimwitted! But at least I feel better having said so; apparently that’s what it’s like to be Freshly Confessed.
Meanwhile, I am working assiduously on being Brashly Self-Impressed. When I get the hang of it I’ll give you the recipe so you can bash those Critic bullies, internal and external, into tapioca.
I will be waiting for that recipe. By the way, that would make a great blog name: Brashly Self-Impressed.
I think I could well be in line for the freshly messed award! Thanks for making me smile.
I’m glad it made you smile.
I must confess that I did, once, achieve the Holy Grail of being Freshly Pressed. Oddly, it didn’t change my life. Sure, for a short time, I felt Freshly Blessed. But for every month since, my blog stats have looked horrid by comparison. In other words, I had no place to go but down! Talk about Freshly Stressed! Love your take on the blog awards (though I do fully expect to see you on the Freshly Pressed page, any day now….)
Okay, so now I need your autograph too. You bring a good perspective to the whole thing, Anne. When I grow up, I hope I’m like you.
I’d like to see more of the Frenchly Pressed………very witty, you are!
A French press does make a nice cup of coffee.
I love, love the award pic for the Freshly Dressed. Now I can’t stop smiling. Thanks for the laugh.
I’m glad you liked it. I had to add the clothes because he was clearly freshly undressed. 🙂
I’ve read this twice today– that’s how much I loved it.
I’m not worrying about getting Freshly Pressed because if I do, I will started becoming Lessly Tressed, and I refuse to worry enough to allow my hair to fall out.
(Okay, that was a bit of reach. There’s way too much wit on this blog for me to even try, really.)
On a more serious note, I will say this about that: I’ve also been examining Freshly Pressed and I can tell you that someone I follow was Pressed not once, but *twice* in the last three weeks.
Was she worth the honor? Darn tootin’, she was worth it.
Do I know what the algorithm is for getting Freshly Pressed? Heck, no! It appears to be the usual chaotic internet hoo-ha.
A good friend gave me two pieces of stellar advice when I started my blog, which I will pass on to you: 1) Post every day. 2) Do not, under any circumstances, obsess over your stats.
(Okay, I said it was good advice. I didn’t say I followed it perfectly.)
Stats? What stats? They have stats available on WordPress? Who knew. I personally NEVER check mine. X
(Let X stand for crossed fingers.)
You are so darn clever! I love the award page names you have given us to savor.
I really need to check the Freshly Pressed page more often, but I am having a hard enough time keeping up with everyone I follow daily let alone finding another! I don’t know what I would do if I was ever pressed in a fresh way!
When you put it that way (pressed in a fresh way), it seems like something we should avoid. : ) I understand about keeping up. It was first said about books, but I think we can insert blog instead: So many blogs, so little time.
You are so right about that! It seems that I have at least 30 email notifications each hour, though most of them are everyone else comments on blogs after I have commented. But I wouldn’t trade it – my world is becoming richer via the contact I have with the creative souls I am meeting.
Lmao! Stalkers and stalking strangers. Funny yet true!! Here’s one: Freshly Enmeshed–a blog about dating and new relationships.
I like that! What kind of picture would you suggest? The first that comes to my mind is a spider web, but that’s just me and my relationship with my husband. 🙂
I would suggest something like this:
it’s just how my mind works =)
It’s the sign of a good relationship when a husband helps a wife put on her undergarments.
Such a good article. Thank you for making me laugh. 🙂
Please have a look at my blog too, Would appreciate some experienced feedback. 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I will be glad to look at your blog; however, my feedback won’t be very experienced. I’m still learning, too.
Very clever post! Love the Freshly Stressed (I want that one!) even though I don’t write a mommy blog or the Frenchly Pressed (even though I don’t have a coffee blog. I expect I’ll see you there soon…
Thanks so much for reading. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I am freshly stressed most days myself.
Thank you once again, for the fun of this…and the sad thing is…I learned a lot from this blog about blogging! lol
It’s a brand-new world to me, too. I keep discovering new things and see the value in learning more about what’s under the hood of the blog.
The way you describe blogland, it seems like too much work… but you are so funny describing it all, that I keep on reading… It’s really a pleasure!
It requires a great deal of discipline to keep from spending too much time in blogland. I’m afraid I’m not as disciplined as I hope to be in the future.
I quit checking the Freshly Pressed Page because it tended to make me Freshly Depressed. Once I quit checking who got chosen, and wondering why some got chosen, I was much happier.
I don’t usually check, but that one day I did and when I saw Kate’s blog up there, I was so excited. Then I didn’t check and a few days later I was visiting Bluebird Blvd who I follow and she mentioned being Freshly Pressed. I was behind on blog reading, so I completely missed her big day.
In spite of that, I don’t usually check because I barely have time to keep up with the blogs I follow now.
This made me laugh. Not an easy feat. Thanks for the smile.
So glad it made you laugh. Thanks for reading.