Awards for the rest of us


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 Blessed















Freshly Dressed (fowl division) – for cooking blogs

Freshly Dressed (fowl division)









Freshly Dressed (human division) – for fashion blogs












Freshly Messed – for blogs about home renovation

Freshly Messed











Freshly Stressed – for mommy blogs

Freshly Stressed










Freshly Tressed – for blogs about hair styling


Freshly Tressed













Pressed Flesh (G-rated) – for blogs about pregnancy

Pressed Flesh (G-rated)













Frenchly Pressed – for blogs about coffee and the French press

Frenchly Pressed

45 thoughts on “Awards for the rest of us

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.


  4. 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….)

  5. 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.)

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. Margie

    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.

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