One 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 that 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!