“I HOPE YOUR BLOG is ready to welcome some new readers…”
With those words, I recently learned that my November 25 blog post, “An essay of barn photos & memories,” earned Freshly Pressed status on WordPress.com. (Click here to read that post.)
In the WordPress blogging world, that’s akin to winning an Emmy or an Oscar or something similar, although you could perhaps argue that I am exaggerating. I think not, though, given the half a million plus WordPress bloggers world-wide. (Click here to reach the Freshly Pressed page on WordPress.)
That said, I’d like to thank you, my readers, for your faithful following of Minnesota Prairie Roots. Just over 600 of you now follow my blog via subscription and I am grateful for each of you.
I’d also like to thank my husband, who is very much a part of this blogging journey via his support and company.
And, finally, I’d like to thank the editors at WordPress who daily hand-pick eight posts to feature on Freshly Pressed. My barn post is featured today on Freshly Pressed.
Here’s what WordPress editor Ben Huberman wrote in an email:
You struck such a delicate and moving balance in this piece between letting the photos you took speak for themselves, and sharing with your readers the memories and emotions they invoke in you. It’s a lovely, well-executed post that deserves a wider audience.
How sweet is that to get an editor’s comment on your work? It’s invaluable and uplifting and reaffirming.
About the barn photos featured in my winning post… I shot all of them in mid-October while traveling through northeastern Wisconsin. And by traveling, I mean traveling. All six images were photographed from the passenger side of our family van while traveling down the highway at 55 mph. I had one, maybe two, opportunities to capture each photo I showcased. There was no stopping to compose a frame. Rather, I set my camera at a fast shutter speed, anticipated and clicked. That’s it. Either I got the photo or I didn’t. Clean windows help, too. Ask my husband about bottles of window cleaner and paper towels.
The words I paired with the six barn photos came from my heart, from my memories of laboring in my childhood dairy barn on the southwestern Minnesota prairie. Images and smells and textures and sound flowed from my memory onto the keyboard in a piece rich in imagery, heartfelt in emotions.
That combination of from-the-heart writing paired with just the right photos made this post stand out among the hundreds of thousands of others published on WordPress, apparently. For more information on how Freshly Pressed posts are selected, click here.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been featured on Freshly Pressed. My July 7, 2010, post, “In praise of preserving country churches,” (click here to read) was Freshly Pressed as was my June 11, 2012, post, “Testing the track during a Soap Box Derby trial run in Faribault” (click here to read).
To earn Freshly Pressed status three times rates as rewarding for a blogger like me, who is undeniably passionate about writing and photography. Thank you for joining me on this blogging journey.
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Congrats!!! I am so excited for you!!!! I missed it coming through on Twitter—I have been checking but missed it!!! Such a deserving honor for you ! I am raising my cup in salute to you and your success at being Freshly Pressed for the third time!! That is awesome!!! Congrats again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There can never be enough exclamation marks for this!!! 😉
Thank you, dearest friend. I will happily and humbly accept all those exclamation marks.
Congratulations, Audrey, on your well deserved recognition! Love your photos and words.
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Thank you, Jill. My husband and I have enjoyed your book.
Thanks, Dan, and I know you’ve been Freshly Pressed, too. And rightly so. Your photography is outstanding.
You deserve to be ‘freshly pressed’ every day! Congratulations! I only came aboard your readership list earlier this year but have been totally impressed by Minnesota Prairie Roots. [Which still resounds to my Indiana None-Prairie but more like rolling-flatlands-terminal-moraine country.] The Roots is the part that counts the most.
Oh, Marilyn, you are so sweet. Thank you.
good work…thanks for sharing
Glad you enjoyed the barn post.
Such a great and well deserved honor.You know I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts, I’m no editor but I know GOOD when I see/read it !
Ah, thank you, Jackie.
Yay!!!! So aptly deserved!!!! Rejoicing with/for you!!!!! Blessings….
Thank you so much, Doreen.
Congratulations Audrey…I always enjoy your blog and you know many others do also. You have a way with words….
Thank you. I appreciate your kind words.
Congratulations-you so deserve this award and recognition. And 600 some followers is quite impressive!!
Thank you, Sue.
Congratulations Audrey. That’s such an honour. I know it’s a big deal – especially as I have never been ‘pressed’ xx
Thank you, Charlie.
Awesome and congratulations! The barn essay and photos are quite nice, by the way!
Thank you, Brett.
Congrats! You deserve it! 🙂
YAY – Congrats – loved that post too!!!
Thank you, Renee. I’m pretty excited with this third-time win. Based on all the new readers commenting here and my viewership numbers, my barn post is resonating with a lot of people.
I know it makes me think of the SIMPLE LIFE:)
Perhaps that’s it. Barns remind us of the past, when life was much less complex and hurried and filled with busyness.
So awesome. Congrats again!!!
Thank you from one Freshly Pressed recipient to another.