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Diary of a Freshly Pressed Blogger

August 4, 2010

Tomorrow we will be resuming our regularly scheduled programming of blog entries featuring such insightful topics as my bra size and my son’s preoccupation with what’s in my bra. Today I want to share the experience of having my blog chosen by WordPress to be Freshly Pressed.

Basically, it went something like this:

6:15 a.m.
My morning starts as it always does: too fricking early.

(side bar: why do kids sleep in on the mornings you’ve been woken up by your lovable but klutzy husband, and then when you’re having the sleep of the century, they’re all up in your face wanting, like, breakfast?)

6:45 a.m.
With a few moments to myself, I load up my blog, which I’ve written the night before. I already have three views and wonder if my grandma couldn’t sleep last night.

6:47 a.m.
Answer a few e-mails and see a blog comment awaiting my approval:

OMG, I love this entire post, including the illustration. Congrats on the front-page feature. (I am comment #1 of what will amount to hundreds!)

6:47 ½ a.m.
Wonder briefly if this person has been drunk-commenting, then see my stats: they have jumped to 320 in approximately two minutes.

Stare like a large mouth bass at the WordPress home page.

6:48 a.m.
Consider having a seizure, or a stiff drink. Decide instead to respond to lovely comments (there are now two more), a la thank you cards, and marvel at my new readership record.

6:49 a.m.
Send quick e-mail to writing group, bff and grandma squee’ing over my good fortune. Also, ask if they know how/why the hell this happened to me. Hit refresh on dashboard and see my stats escalating. Giggle uncontrollably.

6:50 a.m.
Seven-year-old son begins wailing upstairs. He has a wicked fever and feels “barfy”. Three-year-old daughter demands equal commiseration over her mosquito bite. Re-consider seizure/drink option.

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Initial thrill and wonderment morph into mild queasiness: stats are now in the hundreds, then thousands, with comments coming faster than I can reply. One goofball sends a diatribe about death to moms, but all others are incredibly supportive, hilarious, touching and generous.

Can’t believe that all of these people have read and enjoyed my words. Any chance of swollen ego is dashed by bouts of random puking from my son.

6:00 p.m.
Hastily throw together a dinner of baked beans and toast for family. Not a high point in the kitchen, but my fans need me. It turns out my son also needs me. To stick a couple of Acetometaphine suppositories up his butt. Once again, humility is kept in check.

7:00 p.m.
Shower and dress for the day (that’s right…don’t judge).

7:30 p.m.
Hit refresh. Respond. Visit blogs. Follow Tweeps.

7:50 p.m.
Head out to buy groceries (arrived home from a trip yesterday to find cupboards and fridge bare…you can bet there’ll be a blog about that coming down the pipe).

8:15 p.m.
Talk to mom on the phone while shopping. Assure her that I have not made money from this turn of events.

8:17 p.m.
Buy ice cream. And a donut.

9:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Hit refresh. Respond. Visit blogs. Follow Tweeps.

11:00 p.m.
Start new blog posting. The pressure is on.

LD

p.s. I’m still in awe at my good fortune to have been given this small moment to shine (gracias, oh mighty WordPress powers). To all who took the time to read my little blog, thank you. To those who felt compelled to leave a comment, you made a special day absolutely extraordinary.

Dramatic representation of my reaction.

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36 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2010 7:52 am

    Thumbs up and no stress – this last post made me smile just as much as the featured one ;). Lovely sense of humor!

  2. August 4, 2010 9:31 am

    I’ve been looking for something a bit different to read. Yesterday I spent some time researching (OK, I really just scrolled down on my dashboard page and you were the first suggestion) and am so glad wordpress suggested you.
    You are funny (and not in the cutsie but kinda wacky way) and very relatable and a nice way to start the day- GOOD LUCK!

    • August 4, 2010 9:51 am

      Molly – thank you SO much for the kind words! I hope you stop by again…

      Lori

  3. August 4, 2010 11:13 am

    I must agree with everyone above. I get a good chuckle from your sense of humor and your posts are pretty down-to-earth and enjoyable!

    Also, I have to ask where you get some of your photos? I frequent youTube for vidoes on my blog, but haven’t really delved into photos yet.

    Keep up the great work.

    • August 4, 2010 4:54 pm

      Thanks Packet Daddy! For photos, I honestly just google “free photos” every time and use different agencies. Or, like for this post, I just googled “suprised monkey” because that is literally how I looked for most of yesterday 🙂

  4. August 4, 2010 11:36 am

    Congratulations Lori! I love the realityof your blogging stardom and your barfing son. As moms, our best personal days can be kid train wreck days! This is what being a mom is! So glad I stunbled upon your blog last night!
    -Paige

    • August 4, 2010 4:54 pm

      Kids are so good and keeping it real for us, aren’t they? I’m so happy you came back!
      Lori

  5. August 4, 2010 1:39 pm

    Great picture and great post. No pressure. If you can handle a 7 year old ogling and commenting on your boobs (possibly while he’s ‘barfy’)you can handle this…

    • August 4, 2010 4:55 pm

      Ha – thanks. And because I was up so late all hyper last night, I had to have a wee nap today with my son playing in the room and I woke up to find him with my panties on my head…the inspiration for blog posts never stops!

      Lori

  6. Jen permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:35 pm

    One of my friends suggested this blog to me, saying “hey, you like kids, right? read this.” and I have to say im glad she did, because i have gotten such much needed laughs from it. Keep being an awesome mom/writer/person!

    • August 4, 2010 5:40 pm

      Jen – I really appreciate your comment – and at the moment that I read it, I really needed it – so thanks!

      Lori

  7. August 4, 2010 5:49 pm

    I am so glad you were freshly Pressed — because you were chosen I am found you! I love your style.

    • August 4, 2010 5:50 pm

      Please ignore that pesky “am.” I don’t know how it got there.

      • August 4, 2010 6:48 pm

        No problemo – I love a good comment, am’s an all… 😉

  8. August 4, 2010 7:41 pm

    Awesome, if anyone deserves this it is you, you are a great blogger. Of course if anyone else deserves it is me because I want it so bad. How did you get in? Did you have to perform sexual favors? Tell me the secret please?

    Congratulations, this is really cool, even if you did have to sleep your way to the top.

    • August 4, 2010 8:27 pm

      Ah Jen, if I had to rely on sleeping my way to the top, I’d be…well, president, probably 😉

      Honestly, your tweets/blog are my faves, so I figure it’s just a matter of time for you…

      I am still trying to figure this whole thing out. Someone commented that the WordPress gods watch the blogs come up and pick those that seem topical/eye catching (plus, my tags included taco bell and mel gibson…therein lies the intrigue…). Other than that, who the hell knows?!?!
      Thx for the sweetness,
      Lori

  9. August 4, 2010 9:05 pm

    A fabulous blog, so you deserve the recognition. I am just happy to have another blog added to my feed that brings a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing!

    http://4mothers1blog.wordpress.com

    • August 4, 2010 9:16 pm

      Hi Beth-Anne (and fellow Torontonian – woot woot…well, Oakville…but still!),

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting – your site looks great and I look forward to reading about your 10 (or is it still 9.5?) boys – crazy town!

      Lori

  10. August 4, 2010 9:17 pm

    I am very glad you got choosen for Fresh Pressed, because I don’t know that I would have found your funny, grounded and insightful blog any other way. Thanks for all the effort you put into your work – it is appreciated!

    • August 4, 2010 9:45 pm

      And I wouldn’t have found you, oh wicked stepmother…

      Definitely the best part of this experience has been *meeting* so many interesting people!

      Lori

  11. August 4, 2010 9:24 pm

    Thumbs up again for the great writing style and humor. I’m a writing geek and a total sucker for loose, easy flowing prose. I could only imagine the level of your freshly pressed excitement at all those comments you received. Granted, I’m a rookie blogger but the handful of comments I’ve received came from friends only after an embarrassing amount of pleading on my part. You on the other hand, got the juice. Mega-props to you. I’ll be reading more.

    • August 4, 2010 9:43 pm

      Thanks SO much for your supportive words! I’ve been writing forever but only putting it ‘out there’ in the last 6 months or so. And before yesterday, I was totally bullying friends/family into leaving comments, so I totally get where you’re coming from! The pressure is on to write regularly, but I think I need that… 🙂

      Lori

  12. August 4, 2010 10:26 pm

    hooray to you! love the play by play… ESPECIALLY the barfy boy! barf is ALWAYS entertaining. not.

    • August 5, 2010 8:33 am

      Hee – he’s back to normal now and tormenting his sister…suddenly the barfing doesn’t seem like the worst alternative… 😉

  13. August 5, 2010 1:34 am

    Hi, I am totally new and completely horrible at the blog thing. Haha…Love your writing, it is brilliantlly funny. 🙂

    • August 5, 2010 8:31 am

      Thank you so much for reading and the sweet comment, Janet. I really appreciate it! I’m also pretty new at this blog thing and since you work in ECE, I know you’ll have material to write about for YEARS! 😉

      Lori

  14. August 5, 2010 9:04 am

    yeah …. I knew you when…..but I’ll share you with your new found wordpress fan base…:) So happy for you! And happy that you put me on your blogroll! AHHAHA – I’m nothing if not honest!

  15. August 5, 2010 11:04 am

    So glad you “got Pressed”! Good writing is a joy to find. Congrats!

    • August 6, 2010 2:04 pm

      Good comments & readers are an even bigger joy… 😀

      Thanks so much,
      Lori

  16. August 5, 2010 3:16 pm

    You hit the big time. Tell me, what is the secret to your success so I can blatantly steal it and claim it as mine?

    • August 6, 2010 2:05 pm

      Toots, I have no fracking clue how this all happened. I think about it and I still look like that monkey picture…

      If I ever do find out, I will definitely spill the magic secret!

      Lori

  17. August 8, 2010 7:31 pm

    I read your freshly pressed post, loved it, related to and subscribed to your blog.

    Again, you have pulled me in with this post!

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