Now that the increase in traffic from being FP’d has mostly come to an end, I figure now would be a great time to talk about what it was like. If I had written this two weeks ago, it would be titled “Hell yeah, bitches,” and it would just be me boasting about my boost in stats.
But now enough time has passed, and its about time I wrote a post about it.
Contrary to what I thought would happen, I didn’t just wake up to find a billion notifications on my WordPress app. I actually got an email from a WordPress editor before it was FP’d. The first part of the email is shown directly below for you all to enjoy.
I had barely gotten any sleep the night before, but this email woke me up immediately. I was suddenly a little kid again on Christmas Eve, before I found out Santa wasn’t real (that’s a funny story right there, by the way). For that entire day I kept checking my phone for any new notifications, expecting my post to show up on the Freshly Pressed page at any moment.
It was a full two days after I got the email when my post was finally FP’d, which was a huge relief since I was starting to think this was all just some really cruel joke by one of the WordPress editors. Just like that, my stats exploded, (figuratively) and I was overwhelmed with the amount of comments I received. All of them were positive (until the second day, at least) and in total I gained about four hundred subscribers. I can’t complain, but I’m going to anyway.
The only problem with being FP’d is that the traffic ultimately dies down, and you may or may not find yourself trying to return to your former glory. I’m not planning to attempt that now, but in a few months from now I could imagine being disappointed at my stats compared to what they once were. As long as my awesome (that’s right, I used that word) commenters stick around, I’ll be content.
So for the rest of this post I’ll be trying to figure out what made my post Freshly Pressable, and what I should do from now on to increase my chances of this happening again.
Well first off, this post was mostly lacking in typos. I know because the few it did have were pointed out more than a few times by lots of commenters. There was even a small debate started about the usage of affect and effect. The lesson learned here? I should probably publish posts with less typos. If you see a typo, please comment immediately pointing it out, just to save me any further embarrassment.
It should also be pointed out that I used the word “bullshit,” a word that may not seem vulgar, but it is compared to the mostly tame language I usually use here. I try to keep things PG-13 over here, but I really couldn’t care less if people (nongratuitously) curse in the comment sections.
To further show how vital this is, I made a graph.
As you can see, my amount of freshly pressed posts with the word bullshit in it is significantly higher than my amount of freshly pressed posts without it. Therefore, I should use the word more often. This may be flawed logic, but it’s the logic I’m using.
Jokes aside, the main difference is that HTBaTWWMMWtPYitF was a post that came from the heart. I didn’t care about the views, comments or likes the post got when I was writing. I just wanted to send a message to writers everywhere.
The lesson is: write what is meaningful to you. Or something like that.