@WordPress’s Freshly Pressed

@postaday 298; #postaday2011.

The Great Huntress Kitty Girl. I just had to share this photo I took with my iPhone4 yesterday at dawn.

Of all the days to be featured on WordPress.com’s “Freshly Pressed” feature, I’d have to say yesterday’s entry was not my best effort, since it was about going home for the day. But because I got mentioned, I got nearly 300 hits yesterday! Freshly Pressed provides pages of links to blogs published by regular folks like me, regular folks like you, businesses, writing professionals (like me), and all sorts of enthusiasts. My mother, who retired from the U.S. Post Office after more than 30 years of employment, once told me there is a magazine for every preoccupation. I think the same can be said about blogs.

I left work early yesterday thanks to some gastrointestinal discomfort (yes, feel free to read into that), and I didn’t get to spend that half hour before I punch in slapping together my blog entry. Instead, I waited until I got home later that morning. And all I wrote was that I was “GFD,” or Gone For the Day,” and sorry but all I’m doing is making a few sentences to be sure I have an entry for every day.

So what happens? the WordPress lottery picks my number, and that of a few dozen others, to feature my blog on its “Freshly Pressed” page. Do you know how long I have LONGED to be featured on Freshly Pressed with the cool kids? For-expletive-EVER! Fortunately, I cleaned my blog up considerably, and now the home page isn’t an epic tale that diminishes Homer’s Iliad and the Odessy.” Oh there’s a pair of juicy poems, I might add. Now my homepage opens without crashing browsers among family members and a few tolerant friends. I’ve learned a few tricks about minimizing the stories, about sticky and not-so-stickyness, and about keywords.

As a result of my blog-sweep up, my home page featured Monday’s entry at the bottom, “Body Image.” Talk about striking a nerve. I honestly don’t know if my words resonate with anyone else but me, but when they do, it is very encouraging. I learn from those of you who care to respond. I welcome ping-backs, I welcome sharing on Twitter and Facebook. I like the idea of writing something that makes people contemplate their thoughts and actions.

Here I am on The Mothership, my favorite nickname for my employer, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA). This daily writing exercise lubes my brain and fingers and prepares me to write the material we send to providers of care to our members. Talk about a word diet program! This text is lean and mean, adjective and B.S. free, if you get my drift. Hence, a little foray into blog writing to get those silly adjectives and B.S. thoughts out before you.

Mahalo for reading. I sure hope WordPress picks me for Freshly Pressed again!

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.


  1. it’s like your mama said, always wear clean underwear, in case you get in a traffic accident. is that how that goes? likewise, always post a fantastic blog, in case the prize patrol comes to the door. or is that, always have a house dress and one of those things with the flower petals to cover your curlers handy, in case you’re featured on fresh-pressed … well, be prepared. and wear clean underwear.

  2. So jealous that you were “freshly pressed”. I always look to see if there is someone there I know. Congrats….but not, you know, about the gastrointestinal thing.

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