freshly pressedOne of the most appealing features of WordPress.com is its front page. Even before you log in, you get to see some really cool posts featured on the front page that is termed as Freshly Pressed. No doubt it helps people to discover other blogs (specially from the comments left on those freshly pressed featured posts) and it also encourages other bloggers to write about interesting stuff.

But I got a problem with it.

It’s not that I never got featured on that front page. I know I don’t write thatΒ good to be featured. It’s not even the fact that you can’t submit for freshly pressed consideration. Maybe the staff will be too busy handling them out. But what’s bugging me for quite a long time is the statement (along with statistics that I wonder if updates real-time) that is shown on the upper left corner of the freshly pressed area.

As you can see from the screenshot, or live on WordPress.com/fresh, it says the best of ### bloggers, ### new posts, ### comments, & ### words posted today on WordPress.com right after the colon of Freshly Pressed. That means, the following (freshly pressed featured) posts are the best of [put those statistics here] stuff posted today on WordPress.com. I wonder do the staff get a chance to look over all those words posted in any given day?

Technology has given us the power of saving a lot of time. Thus some codes help the folks at WordPress.com count the number of posts, comments and words posted on a specific day. But how exactly can they say that the stuff they pick up are the best ones posted on that day without even looking at all of them? Imagine there are ten thousand submissions to an essay writing competition and juries decide the winners after looking over a few hundreds of them. Does that sound familiar to you?

I have been thinking about it since then. It’s just not fair to say that Freshly Pressed posts are the best of all the other ones. You’re underestimating a lot of potentially better posts that are going overlooked. The folks at WordPress.com cannot read every other posts written on a day. I understand that. And they too should understand that because of their inability of peeking through every other posts written on a day, they should change the statement to whatever from stating “the best of all the others”. It’s just not right, dude!

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  1. It’s true that they can’t possibly read all 300,000 or so posts put out each day, and pick the best. I’d be interested to know how their selection process really works.

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    1. Me too. They should write up a post about how they select a post for Freshly Pressed. Is it like they explore global tags at their convenient time and make those posts sticky or something else?

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  2. Another issue behind ‘Freshly’ Pressed- the posts that are selected most of the time are of very mediocre mentality, ideas and writing skill. It is very rare that I get to see something worth being chosen on a front page to read. I completely agree with you, WordPress is better off writing ‘Here is the best of the fifty or so posts we read’ πŸ˜› If it really is fifty or so.

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    1. Fifty or so… ha ha ha. πŸ˜† I love that. Well said.

      But I’m afraid this post, like millions of others, are overlooked by any wordpress staff. So whatever we’re discussing here are not reaching WordPress.com. I wish anybody would send this post to WordPress.com staff. πŸ˜›

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  3. Like the rest of the bloggers who commented on this post, I am curious with the issue of WordPress’ Selection. Your words seem candid but I totally agree with the point you want to put across there. One of my blog posts was Freshly Pressed last September of the current year and the thing is, that particular post is one of those I least expect to be featured. So it got me thinking the same thing. But, of course, let me just say that the elation was all there too.

    After some time, I thought maybe the Worpress must have some sort of an installed criteria in their system programmed to do the selection — considering the plethora of blog posts submitted everyday.

    To be honest, I made some research on the issue being tackled on this post too and it was also unfortunate that I didn’t find the answers I was looking for. However it maybe, I am in good faith with WordPress’ selection proces.

    I once read on WordPress uses the Freshly Pressed (FP) entries to entertain, enlighten, or inspire. Grammar is undoubtedly important; nonetheless, it’s the only one criterion for the stated purposes of this FP thing. You can also inspire with beautiful images without much words or vice versa. There’s some sort of a mystery here, don’t you think?

    The bottomline is, I don’t think there will ever be a post as to how EXACTLY WordPress chooses blog posts for their Freshly Pressed page. There has to be s mystery for the WordPress users to drive us in exploring the possibilities of what we can do here. Once they crack that mystery, our interests would be compromised. Let me give an analogy for that. Let’s use this thing called rubix cube — a 3D mechanical puzzle. If one doesn’t know that there’s a pattern/solution to the puzzle, one is motivated to dig deeper and deeper or to explore more and more … to find the answers. But, if the case were that you already know the pattern/solution to it, you’d be inclined to stop exploring. It goes without saying, it’s more than enough for WordPress to give us hints, guidelines, tips, and similar things.

    p.s.

    AS of July 2011, there are 24 million bloggers under WordPress.

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    1. I told about an automated system or something alike not because I, or bloggers like me, wanted to know how exactly to get featured on WordPress front page, but because there are lots more better posts out there going unread. You can bet some of those are much better than the ones that catch FP’s eyes. I myself read many posts in Freshly Pressed on very common topic where I discovered many better write-ups of the same topic through global tags feature.

      So I wanted to know how EXACTLY they choose posts. Is it like they log in to WordPress after the evening meal and explore posts from tags and mark featured posts whatever they like?

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