I decided to take a completely non-scientific look at what the WordPress curators think is funny/what they think will make the residents of WordPress lol. Basically, who do they think we are? Why does WordPress hate people who are actually funny?
1. Use the Top 10 Format* Nothing says comedy like a list.
Let’s check out this freshly pressed list about going to the dentist.
The idea of completely organized humor is about as edgy as David Letterman. I mean, how non-threatening is the blogger’s avoidance of the Oxford Comma?
answer: about as threatening as going to the dentist
I am not a fan of sweeping generalizations in comedy, or otherwise. I got a few points knocked off a paper I wrote freshman year because I called people who lived in America “Americans.” My TA scribbled “people who live in South America and Canadians are technically Americans, too!” in the margin ( <– I went to Berkeley). My TA had a point: generalizations are rarely accurate, usually offensive and frequently not funny. The things on this list are not true about my dentist — I love my dentist. My dentist could kick your dentist’s ass and maybe he should kick your’s too for making some mean-spirited generalizations about him.
2. Write About a Common Experience In this case, never lolling at a freshly pressed humor post.
Maybe I should take my own advice and stop posting about how ridiculous artichoke cookbooks that look like romance novels are.
Most WordPress users can relate to the subject of this freshly pressed post and nearly all people who avoid the Oxford Comma can. So cool, you have my attention, I hope you have something interesting to say.
I think a lot of good humor stems from the melding of ideas that don’t obviously belong together. If you go for the obvious, please have something original to add to the conversation. Content-wise this freshly pressed post seems super generic to me, at least they attempted to have some sort of writing style.
Let’s talk about the “!!!” at the end of the first sentence. It’d be annoying with one exclamation point, using three exclamation points unironically is just insulting to my intelligence. Give your audience the benefit of the doubt — they can figure out what’s important. Other frequently found offenders: CAPS LOCK, ???, ?!? and (parenthetical snark (I do this sometimes)).
3. Be White and Middle-Aged I can’t relate
I’m not going to comment on this further, but I am going to acknowledge that I am clearly not the target WordPress demographic. There needs to be a blogging platform geared towards apathetic 22 year-olds who aren’t obsessed with Glee (that disqualifies Tumblr).
4. Make Cheesy Jokes I do really well on this one
It hurts me when people try this hard to be funny.
I’m OK with cheesy jokes, but it’s important to use them sparingly. A post full of them is pretty much unreadable. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed at a low quality Steve Jobs joke. Sorry I’m not sorry. Maybe people just shouldn’t answer their phones if they are too busy to talk? Seems like a simpler solution.
5. Be a Parenting Blog Bonus points if you’re a Daddy blog, they love that shizz
WordPress is the least edgy place ever.
No one cares about your kids. At least this freshly pressed blogger is a good writer, but in general mommy blogs make me hate the Internet. I also don’t really understand why mom jeans get so much hype — leggings as pants, camel toe and sweatpants are much more offensive.
- Write about first world problems, apparently all humorous situations happen to people from the same socioeconomic background
- Have a caption contest with some photo you ripped from The Economist
- Use five year-old jokes, like “Ugh Boots,” and pretend they’re original
- Be nostalgic of decades past, childhood or at least laugh at all the crazy technology the kids are using these days
172 thoughts on “Five Ways to Get Your Humor Post Freshly Pressed*”
Good post. I always think of wordpress as the Apple of blogging platforms. It’s easy to use, highly structured, and you have to use it to be considered cool. And it’s beating Google.
Fantastic. But If these are the ways to get freshly pressed, I’m sure that I can never. :p
oh, me too, for sure
Count me in the group too! 😛
This is very helpful! I now feel waaaay better about myself 🙂
Great. Now I feel pressure to be funny simply because you posted how there’s nothing funny about these posts. You’ve ruined me. I hope you’re happy.
there is some level of humor in how not funny they are/ that some people apparently find them funny
Yes, that would be the “I’m not laughing WITH you, I’m laughing AT you” level; sandwiched between Viagra jokes and “pull my finger.”
droll…and quite witty…the exact opposite of what wordpress thinks is “funny”. continue…
Welcome to the Freshly Pressed blacklist. I think it’s a lot more fun here anyway. But then again, I do use caps lock, do these: ??? !?! and do the parentheses thing. I just realized I’m doing absolutely everything wrong.
yessss blacklisted. I don’t think I am, yet — the number of the views on this post aren’t high enough.
UPDATE: I’m now blacklisted from the Tags page as well. My posts might not even send out to my subscribers. WordPress hates my life.
Very enlightening. Now that I see where they’re coming from, not only am I on the blacklist,but if they ever actually read my blog they’ll delete me for sure.
There’s a blacklist?? That explains a lot.
I’m certainly not opposed to cuteness!
<— mom-blogger. At least, I think I am. But I've also blogged about my hopes to be small enough that the python at the zoo could swallow me. I don't know that there is a category for me yet.
I didn't care for most of those FP blogs, either. But I found myself reading along and shouting "YES!" in agreement. I scared the dog. I do hope you're happy.
Girl, the python thing compensates for everything.
Thanks for the great advice! I can’t wait to be FRESHLY PRESSED! Cheesy jokes are my specialty, and being white? That comes NATURALLY to me!
you got this!
I was freshly pressed once and it was for a ridiculous post. I couldn’t believe it. Made absolutely NO sense to me, but oh well.
This was a great post! Deserved to be freshly pressed.
That would be deliciously meta. I’m not sure if WordPress has that kind of humor — I certainly hope it does. Now, I am quite curious about this post of your’s.
ashleyjillian, Your comment made me smile. It really would have been wonderful ironic if this post had been freshly pressed. At one time, they pressed almost anything that said anything about wordpress, and heck — you did do a list. Sort of.
it’s not too late! *crosses fingers*
Thanks for making those of us who’ve never made it, feel better about the seemingly whimsical approach to being selected. 🙂
It would be delicious to think that the powers-that-be were up for a bit of a roast. Here’s to the power of eternal hope!
An adult humor ‘fresh pressed’ section would be my answer to the generic and boring…I can’t even finish the sentence, I’m too apethetic towards ‘fresh pressed’ page.
I’m a HUGE (!!!!) fan of this idea.
(Extra points for caps lock and multi-excla-points, right?)
Seriously, though: I swear far too much to ever be FP’d, yet I would love to read other swearing, bitter, dark bloggers.
I feel like I wouldn’t be freshly pressed in an adult humor either because my humor is a bit sophomoric/I only curse when driving. bummer. I would still support it, though.
Yes. LOVE IT!!! *exaggerated gay accent
Ashley: You’re quite the sh*t stirrer, aren’t you now?
Well Mikalee, you just helped me figure out my conundrum: “I too swear far too much to be FP’d,” but it is not gratuitous and I am a humorous storyteller, so all bets are off.
Ashley: I really appreciate this post. Not only is it humorous, but it is very informative. Having read this, I know now to keep writing about esoteric themes, with smart-ass dialogue, and hope-filled taglines because they are interesting and real. My humorous story this week deals with the Devil having a blog on Word Press and getting freshly pressed: “Sneaky Snake’s Blog.” (Technically, it’s about falling in love, miscegenation, free will, one great love, losing love. . . .and the Devil swears.) Damn, there goes my WP recognition :>)
The person in charge of deciding which blog posts made it to “Freshly Pressed”, and I’m not making this up, used to be Joy Victory, the WordPress Editorial Czar. She might still be the one, but I can’t find any recent reference to her on any of the WordPress blogs.
Personally I think the closest anyone has come to accurately describing Freshly Pressed was last year in the Support Forum:
“Judging by the guidelines, writing a post of outstanding blandness and slapping a random unrelated public domain photo on it would seem to be the way to go.”
There are 25 million WP blogs, and only twelve or so spots daily on Freshly Pressed. I don’t think I’ll ever get on, but I figure my best chance is to just keep plugging away with dick jokes. Sooner or later whoever is in charge has to recognize my brilliance.
My dick is so big, for example, it was overthrown by a military coup. It’s now known as the Democratic Republic of My Dick.
Q&A with Joy about Freshly Pressed:
Chuck Norris might have something to say about that…
Thanks great post!!!
We love dick jokes and we’re not even gay! well… okay… we ARE gay. ; /
I have watched the freshly pressed phenomena, and it seems that a) there is some kind of lottery in place to become freshly pressed. b)it attracts a swarm of readers for basically 6 and a half hours who then see a new header and Swarm somewhere else never to return.. I like your humour.. I love competition.. but where are they running to all these people! c
Great post! I got Freshly Pressed a few months ago without trying. Actually (full disclosure) I didn’t even know Freshly Pressed existed until then.
And it was a list. (The 13 Most Confusing and/or Inscrutable Movies of All Time)
And I am white.
And middle aged.
God, now I’m depressed.
Since then, I’ve sent them a few posts I thought were appropriate. Nothing.
at least you have good taste in movies, so don’t worry — I definitely don’t hate you. But still, their taste is super random.
People never write about the wackiness ((read ridiculousness) oops, there I go) that is Freshly Pressed. You’ve peeled back the dirty ol’ band-aid on some ugly wounds.
welcome to the blacklist! 😉
Hi, great post…
For whatever it’s worth (coming from an anonymous blogger) , Freshly Pressed has replaced the front page WordPress used for years based on the “Blog Of The Day”, or http://botd.wordpress.com
Because BOTD was based entirely on popularity, the same four or five blogs were featured every day, plus a handful of other blogs that were popular in specific tags, like health. It all became silly.
The current system, which is less annoying, is based on the Global Tags, which means it’s not a popularity contest. So the only way to be considered is to use the obvious Tags, like writing, photography, culture, crafts, sports, news, humor (not humour) and others.
But WP don’t limit their selection to just the past day or two, the ‘photography’ Tag alone has 2000+ pages worth of posts published just in the past few weeks. So you have to use Photography as a Tag to be considered, but that just puts you into a pool of 10,000+ other possible selections.
Photography Tag: http://en.wordpress.com/tag/photography
I think the main problem comes from the same five people picking the posts, so Freshly Pressed is limited to their tastes.
But don’t worry about being blacklisted, according to WordPress the only blog posts not considered are from blogs marked “mature” or “private”, because those aren’t included in the Global Tags.
If you go into the WP Forum, and search for Freshly Pressed, you’ll find a few threads.
thanks for the info! I’m not actually trying to get freshly pressed, I’m just poking fun at the system.
Aww..darn it..all hopes of ever being Freshly Pressed flushed down the drain! 😛 But great post! I TOTALLY agree with ya!
I loved it when the blog of the day was on the front page. A few years back I was in the top 100 at least a half dozen times. But, now that much bigger corporate blogs like CNN and others are using WordPress, us small-fries are overshadowed. Oh well, that’s okay I write because I like it.
Ash–I’m with you on all of this (even though I’m guilty of some myself). How much damn unfunny stuff can they cram into the humor category? I wrote Top Ten Reasons to Write Top Ten Reasons because it’s so cheesy. My biggest blog? A Beautiful Woman on a Toilet. SOOOO predictable.
I am SO with you on so many of those points. Being a cartoonist who uses a gay couple as his main characters, I sometimes get flack because the strip isnt “gay enough”. Just as with your list, there is apparently another list dedicated to niche social humour, and I guess I didnt get the mailing. LOL
that’s super cool!
I “liked” your post yesterday because I thought you were funny and accurate. Then, ironically, I got Freshly Pressed today, guilty in spades of Nos. 2 & 3. Now I am embarrassed.
lolol. I still like ya.
Well, crap. As a newbie, I think I’ve broken the majority of these. And yet, I’m still undiscovered. I even have some non-swearing posts. Great blog, by the way.
LOVE your style! Freaking hilarious! F the rules!!!!
Thanks for the kind words!
I’m with you, all the way. Excellent post. (Wait, should I have said, “EXCELLENT POST!!!!!!”)
Mother Hen says that WordPress is prejudiced against chickens who blog! Absolutely!
LET’S FIGHT AGAINST THIS INJUSTICE
This is fantastic! God, I hope I’m not a typical “mom blogger.” That’s why I started my blog…I couldn’t stomach the vomit-worthy facebook posts from mothers who think their children are the second coming.
Thanks for the fresh take.
I should point out that I am white (OK, Black and White) and middle aged. Other than that I think you are brilliant, AND very funny. Actually you explain why my cartoons never make the list. Oh well. Thanks for liking my post. I liked yours alot!
That explains why I was able to get freshly pressed with my top 10 post about how cold it is in MN when I play with my middles school aged kids.
I did make it once and I was thirlled ,b ut it didn’t take long to figure out they just like my picture. I don’t think they even read the blog post.
Oh my god, the mom blogs. Don’t get me started on the mom blogs.
thank you for making me feel like i might actually be funny sometimes. i’d rather be funny and obscure than generic and pressed. you rock.
Oddly enough, I was having a discussion with a friend last night, who told me that my own work is “sometimes too complicated”. I thought about it and realized, Hey, if they cant handle a little depth, they can always go read Family Circle.
Here’s to obscurity!
After reading this, I’m honored you liked my recent post. Thanks for reading. You have an amazing wit and mind. A few years ago, I was teaching University of Arizona students your age, and I only had a few gems like you.
God, I sound old, and I’m only 32. How did you find my post, by the way? Always curious about how random folks find me…
Keep up the good work.
Thanks so much! I follow the humor tag, fiercely.
Ahh… which explains how you landed on a political blog. (mine) Thanks for liking Telemarketers.
I forget to use the humor tag, honestly. And I also forget that it will pop up on the freshly pressed feed when I do.
Speaking of mommy blogs, I am in complete agreement. I thought you would appreciate this (a little dark, but wickedly funny).
OBSESSED. I am so glad we are WordPress friends, now.
I lolled. 🙂
I haven’t done a list. I’ve got no chance, have I? Nothing to do with poking fun at the prompts amd prompters; I’m sure they have a sense of humour. Humor. Sigh.
Wait… now you’re saying there isn’t a blacklist? Don’t confuse me.They pay me to break stuff, you know?
You are hilarious! I actually wrote a post called, ‘why I’ve never been freshly pressed’ a month or ago. Lol! This post is freaking hilarious! 😉
thanks! I am going to try to find your’s now 😀
I was with you until number five. I’m a Mommy Blog…sort of. But my blog is about how they drive me insane, and I them…maybe that’s why I haven’t been Freshly Pressed. As a matter of fact, if anyone wants one of the crumb snatchers, I’ll make you an awesome deal and then I’ll have more time to create great top ten lists! Love the post!
The Top 10 list about the dentist was one of the un-funniest things I’ve ever read. I’m not usually funny, but at least I don’t waste keystrokes on that kind of mess.
I’m guilty of caps lock…And I’m white…But I don’t know that I’ll ever be freshly pressed. Dag nabit.
Thanks for writing this, because I’ve never been very impressed with the FP posts I’ve read and I thought I was the only one.
Thought I’d swing by and check out your ‘shizz’. Ha.ha.
Great post. You gave it a lot of thought. I found it very articulate. And then to cut through the shiz…I don’t think too much about freshly pressed and never have. I was told shortly into my blogging that I would be one of those that would never be considered for it. Why? I got a potty-mouth. Ah, who gives a shiz right? I don’t. I write for me. I also fail to meet the standards of what is appropriate and probably fall into some of those irritating categories that you mentioned, but hey…it’s all about fun and being real. Anyway, I found the post to be quite entertaining and am going to have to stop by more often. Here’s to having something in common with our writing…dry humor. From my white, middle-aged ass to your young one. 🙂 –Pissy–
Using original humor is scary, ’cause sometimes average readers don’t get it when it doesn’t fit the formulas. But scary is better than cheesy. isn’t it.
eh, I’m not afraid of bombing. I was told by a british man drinking a screwdriver that I was fearless. That was in the context of a poker tournament at a dive casino, but I like to think it’s true in general.
thanx for the “mashed potatoes” “like”. continue…
Yep I’m a momblogger, or so “they” tell me. I just started blogging one day and didn’t realize I’d have a niche. Anyway one day, randomly, I saw that I was on Freshly Pressed. I actually thought someone stole my moth photo and then realized that MOI had been selected to represent the humor category. Randomly. My post wasn’t even that great. I totally have hysterical posts, but they chose one that started with Ewww! So there ya have it. I’m also white and somewhat middle aged if you’re keeping tabs. 🙂
love it. from this kind of “mommy blogger”
I am a mommy blogger too, but I prefer to make fun of myself more. I loved this post. I often wonder what gets a post “freshly pressed,” especially since I am fairly new to Word Press! Great post!
Hey Ashley . . .I’m glad you put my mind to rest .Now that we know that we’re the funny ones . . .thank the Goddess! I was really starting to wonder . . .when ever I read FP’d I was kinda confused yet still a little dissappointed, just wanting all those readers . . .thanks for reading my blog and liking
I haven’t been Freshly Pressed since some 360 pound Samoan pinned me down at Vic Tanney when I was “22”
And that’s not suppose to be funny.
I fear for your future Ashley, you’re much too intelligent. May I suggest drugs?
Thanks Ashley. Now of course I just have to figure out how to get “PRESS THIS” onto my blog ….
Yours is certainly one of my top 5!
Wow, I resemble a few of those remarks. And I was Freshly Pressed. Good eye.
I love this post. Thanks for stopping by my site. I doubt that I will ever be Freshly Pressed. Maybe I should try harder!!! (practicing with the three exclamation points)
Thanks for stopping by my site. I always appreciate feedback.
Love your post. Funny. Interesting. Information. I’ll be signing up.
this seems to be exactly right lol
I’m honored that you ‘Liked’ my ‘Daddy’ post, even if you don’t care about my kids! (no worries, I really don’t care about them either… just kidding!! Kidding around!) 🙂
sounds like a half-joke to me!
Can’t say that humor is my strong point but I am working on it. We have an election here in New Zealand on the 26th November and I aim to be the MP (member of parliament) for Invercargill. Great to see the grass roots ‘occupy’ protests happening in the US. Our young people here need to wake up to what’s to their futures and get their voice heard.
Your TA had it all wrong. Though technically we are all North Americans, as a Canadian, we only call the US folks Americans. They were the ones who thought they had bought Prince Edward Island and who wanted to know about that snow that mysteriously should appear as soon as you cross the Canadian border! We would never call fellow Canadians Americans! 🙂
i thought my English style sense of humour (and spelling) was inevitably going to be lost on wordpress, I probably think right. This however, I find funny, and we seem to share irks, which is always pleasant, if an irk can be pleasant.
I’ll never get there. No traffic, occasional lapses into pirate speak (and not the “Arrrg” kind), less than stellar Mommying and an absurd fondness for the snarky parenthetical. Parenthesis vie with semi-colons for my favorite punctuation. It’s terminal. But, hey, I’ve got a list of ten lists of ten things going, so maybe one day I’ll bust through. To the moon, baby. Or maybe to stats consistently in the double digits.
Someone enlighten me: WordPress is new to me, and I have not figured out what Freshly Pressed means. Something to do with a flatiron?
>Something to do with a flatiron?
Yes, it’s the one they used to squish all the funny parts out of the dentist one.
Argh. I would never write a humor piece on dentistry! Too much pain and money.
Ha! But there can be funny at the dentists! Or at least in the aftermath. Read one of my last week’s post, “Wake Me Up When the Light Turns Green.”
Thanks for the “Like” and for noting the general socioeconomic blogger status. If it were 200 years ago, we’d all be Jane Austen characters sitting around a drawing room needlepointing samplers. Instead, we’re blogging. In the year 2200, will our posts sell at auction for thousands of dollars?
Thanks, too, for this post.
I hope to live to the day when I can make money off my blog posts!
There is so much out there, we’ll probably all share the clutter category along with orbital trash, but the process is fun, nonetheless.
This is crazy ashley. You probably got more comments than if you had gotten freshly pressed!
haha I know! Even my theme seems like it’s not designed for triple digit comments.
Okay, who are the Freshly Pressed gods anyway?
Love it, been thinking along the same lines sometimes, like geez, what does it take???? lol
Nice one! I´ll be back.
hahahahaha no one cares about your kids.
now thta was classic.
I’ve read this post three times now. I am still amused but can not stop thinking about commas, Oxford or otherwise. Thanks.
Well, hey, I got on the Freshly Pressed list . . . at least I think . . . and I didn’t even know what it was.
Well, maybe not. I feel like I need a map on here!
This is hilarious. Particularly the daddy bog comment. Everyone seems to love a man with breasts.
Now I want to start a blog just for making fun of other people’s blogs. That probably wouldn’t go over well with WordPress.
I’d follow the heck out of it, for what it’s worth
It seems blogspot would be the place to do it.
Ms. Jillian: got another e-mail saying you liked my recently posted stories. Thanks for the positive feedback. BTW, I never even think about making the “Freshly Pressed” list because I use too many scatological references and F-words. And just TOO MANY WORDS in general. I KNOW the WordPress Judges don’t like that. I don’t care…but I did like your take on the subject esp. re: the stale Top Ten Format and the MommyBlogs. I’m in your camp: anarchy is always funnier.
Time to start following the rules..ish >:)
IDK, I feel like I do pretty well without them. Conventional isn’t my steez.
Hey! I stopped by to see your site because you liked my post today. The first thing I read is this post, in which I find that I’m totally breaking the rules. But you liked it anyway, and mine wasn’t a numbered list, so i guess it’s alright.
Great post, by the way. There are quite a few FP posts that leave me scratching my head.
Great post. THIS made me LOL. : )
1. I occasionally use the Top 10 format, but it’s usually Top 5 because I’m lazy.
2. I fail at this one because ALL MY EXPERIENCES ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE I’M SPECIAL!
3. I’m white, but not middle-aged. Does this give me a pass? Probably.
4. Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? Because he had no guts! Ha!
5. I have a uterus, but I haven’t used it yet. Point against me?
6. I’m not sure which you’re endorsing, but I will use the Oxford Comma until I fucking die!
7. Does swearing count against me? Shit.
Do not give up on the Oxford comma. I’m for anything that avoids confusion and couldn’t care less if it saves ink!
I’ve never been freshly pressed or freshly squeezed.
It’s not so bad: no pressure and no squeezure.
Oh HELLO…. thanks for sharing almost all of the exact same sentiments as me. I would gladly read a post about artichoke cook books with a romantic twist, FYI. And clearly if you scrolled down further into my blog, you’d see that I avenged us in the Mommy Blog department. Cheers to you!
Funny. I just in the last week included dental humor and a list! Mmm.
Write about first world problems, apparently all humorous situations happen to people from the same socioeconomic background… It hurts me when people try this hard to be funny.. Nothing says comedy like a list…
This post is so funny and true: lethal combination.
Oxford Commas make me cry (tears of joy).
Obviously, I should take your tips to heart, as I’ve never been freshly pressed nor have I ever made a post with a list…
Thought-provoking… I have never read a blog from the Freshly Pressed list! I typically follow the tags. Now I’m going to have to check out the Freshly Pressed list so that I can see if they are all from the same mold.
I am guilty of the dot-dot-dot… <—see? Annoying, I know. If I could get Freshly Pressed for that, I would have been twenty times already!
This is great. I’ve been watching Freshly Pressed for four years and never have I been as impressed with anything as much as you have impressed me here.
Fabulous Darling. I’d say from your response here, you’ve found another method of skinning the cat.
funny – gee, I’d like to be freshly pressed one day. wouldn’t we all? have you been? I also try to be funny. thanks for liking my post about tiramisu. 🙂
nope, I’ve never been FP! I guess I am just organically awesome. That being said, I would totally be down to be Freshly Pressed because I want to take over the Interwebz one reader at a time. I love tiramisu.
I don’t have time to make a top ten list. I’m too busy being a mommy to my 25 home schooled kids. Check out my blog.
Ok, I lied.
Now I’m going to go find out what an oxford comma is…
I’m not a mom. I am white and middle-aged, but your blog is awesome.
This is totally going in my blogroll.
The only time I got freshly pressed was when I wrote a post about Weird Al Yankovic.
My Top 10 Funniest Blogs of All Time still gets the most page views, but it didn’t get freshly pressed. Go figure.
How do I “Press This”, that, or the other thing, while trying to figure out what stereotype I fit into? Am I required to have an iron? I can’t remember how to play “tag”. I’m too old. Is an “Oxford comma” some type of shoe style? I live on the tippy top of a mountain, Does that make me a hillbilly or perhaps out of touch? Or just high? Is all humor subjective or is it suggestive? I have no idea where I am or why I’m here. I think I had better stumble back to my own blog where I feel more comfortable and safe. There are too many people here and that makes me paranoid. Does that make me a reclusive type or social phobic? Anyway, I found this to be informative and mind expanding and humorous. Thank you for being here.
Oh my god, woman! Reading your blog and ALL the comments was like striking gold! I don’t usually use the humor tag and did it on a whim yesterday. Now I’m glad I did.
I really appreciated the past and future tenses of LOL. Quite frankly, it seems so overused that I tend to avoid using it; like walking around a pile of dog crap on the sidewalk.
And I have had some dark thoughts and musings about what it takes to get freshly pressed; then decided, what the hell. I’m having fun with this and I’m going to keep doing it anyway.
I do most of the cheesy things you mention and won’t apologize, cause I plan to continue. Unless and until I find some other cheesy thing I like better. The only thing I like better than cheese, is corn! Write some scatological humor and you might end up thinking I’m six; only true when I hear fart jokes, otherwise, 90! JK!
Thank you for visiting and liking my post. I have certainly enjoyed reading yours. I’ll be back! *said in best Arnold Schwartzeneggar imitation*
😀 😀 😀
Cheesy cream corn>than your cheese fetish and your corn romance
Love it! Even though you kinda trashed my post; totally respect the sentiment. The question now is – how do we find the truly funny blogs out there?
Glad you enjoyed my “Home is Where the Heart (Attack) Is” post. Glad that I found your site. Most enjoyable!
Wow. I feel lucky you liked my post! Thanks!! I am glad I didn’t read this first, I would have froze and not written anything. Humor is hard to write, I think it either happens or doesn’t, you can’t force it.
I like that you like the list on my mommy (plus other stuff) blog. And color me jealous of all of your comments! You make me want to proofread and put more thought/time into my posts.
–Jell Jell @ I’ll Sleep When They’re Grown
similarly, (and avoiding the list structure that you mention in step 1) here’s my Guide to Ignoring Guidelines for bloggers and people that prefer not to call themselves bloggers because the word looks ridiculous (I fit in this group)
Great post, Ashley!
I tell my clients all the time that humor sells.
All my best,
Adam J. Kovitz
Humor or no humor, i really liked your post.
And here I was afraid it was just because I sucked at writing. I am so relieved to find out the humor-mafia had it in for me. Humor is so subjective, or at least that’s what I tell myself to assuage my feelings of inadequacy. SIGH!!!!! (I think I just screwed tintimidated. In contrast I managed to snag a C once on a book report in 3rd grade but I try not to let that go to my head.
Very interesting perspective. I too wrote like I think which is why it makes little
And here I thought it was because I sucked at writing! I’m so relieved to find that the
humor-czars had it in for me.
Humor is so subjective…at least that’s what I tell myself to assuage my feelings of
incompetence. I confess I read your bio and was immediately intimidated. In contrast I managed to snag a C once on a book report in 3rd grade but I try not to let that go to my hhead. Later, I was crushed to learn that mom had threatened to make a pie for the PTA bake sale if I didn’t get that grade…but that’s another story. Apparently mom cooks like I write.
Very entertaining post with some great points. I paid close attentions to some of those GLARING mistakes!!!! (I guess old habits die hard…ooops! cliche!). But hey, it’s not like you can make me stay after school for that. You have an interesting perspective on the subject. Thanks for ‘liking’ my post earlier. I was extremely flattered.
Freshly pressed is not for the meek,
If tickling funny bones is what you seek,
Humor will give you a stroke,
If you can’t tweak a joke,
Enough to make your technique look unique.
Comedy just BEGS for lists!! I’ve subscribed to your blog, ‘cuz you are awesome! Love from Baltimore!
Hey! Love the post.
Unfortunately I love !!! and frequently use ?!?! as they add so much extra punch at the end of my sentences!!! And I love lists too, who doesn’t?!?! Anyway great points. Cheers…
And I thought what WP hates are techies.
Nice!! I’m pretty sure I’ll never be Freshly Pressed, and it’s good to know that’s okay.
A while back, MadHatters and fellow blogger ‘friggin loon’ had a bit of fun relating to our failure to be selected as deserving of promotion as ‘freshly pressed’
On investigation, we found our blogs violated all the criteria by which ‘Joy’, the WP admin with responsibility at the time for selecting suitable blogs, deemed worthy of promotion
While she didn’t approve of our blogs, she obviously read them – see comment thread here – http://tinyurl.com/cwv22zf
Another tip if you want to be ‘freshly pressed’ – don’t be rude or make fun of the WP admins ! 😆
Ugh. I’m middle-aged and white.
I am old, white, married, have a little dog, and live in a trailer, yet you have “liked” a couple of my posts. Who needs “Freshly Pressed”? I am a happy blogger knowing that you liked my humor. Since I suffer from SFS (Sally Field Syndrome) every little “like” helps. If I ever got as much attention for a blog as you have garnered with this one, I’d be walking on air instead of gasping for it inside this giant iron lung which I call home.
Thanks for stopping by my “mommy” blog and liking despite the mommy-ness. I would have to agree about the wp posts you shared especially the dentist one. Boring and not funny.
Here’s what I’ve learned about being Freshly Pressed. Sometimes the author is just as puzzled by the choice of post as the rest of the world. And sadly, in my case, they chose a post with every single criteria you listed. I was not sure whether to laugh or cry. Oh, well.
I am guilty of most of the things on this list, but I’m still not very funny.
You, however, made me lol! Thanks
My posts generally meet the criteria, however I think they are too funny to ever get featured. I don’t mean to sound smug or anything, but I work hard to write a lot of smart, witty humor and it just seems to me that they try to promote posts that have cheesy humor and are not very thought provoking.
This is a great post that now has me afraid to blog. Did I say that out loud?
Holy Shit Batman! you hit the nail on the head.
Interesting and funny observations.
I chalk up the fact that I have never been freshly pressed to not fitting into that criteria. The other option- that my stuff is not good- is too painful to contemplate.