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WordPress: What’s hot. September 15, 2012

Posted by ourfriendben in Ben Franklin, chickens, gardening, homesteading, pets, wit and wisdom.
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Our blog host here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, WordPress, recently changed its sign-in page, so instead of going to the posts their editors loved best that day, a feature they call “Freshly Pressed” (and on which, sadly, we’ve never been featured), now you’re taken to a rather majestic-looking page that highlights a specific topic.

Our friend Ben frankly misses seeing the “Freshly Pressed” posts, but seeing the featured topics on the new sign-in page is certainly a revelation about what most WordPress blogs are about: travelogs, food, and cat photos. (Sadly, gardening, chickens, and homesteading didn’t make it. Neither did our hero and blog mentor, the great Benjamin Franklin. And hey, what happened to dogs?! We love our cats, but equal time, please.) It seemed to me that every third post showcased in “Freshly Pressed” was about running, so it was a huge relief to see that that didn’t make the cut, either. Yet, anyway.

We love WordPress; it’s been good to us and idiot-proof (a necessary feature), even if it hasn’t chosen to showcase our brilliant posts despite years of faithful blogging and almost 500,000 views. But if we could respectfully suggest a few more categories to highlight, how about some thoughtful, intelligent posts? How about some funny, laugh-out-loud posts? How about something, anything that reaches beyond the usual suspects! Cat photos, for God’s sake.

Just a thought.



1. frontrangescribbles - September 15, 2012

I agree, enough of the cats already.

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3. narf77 - September 17, 2012

So THAT’S why I had no-one liking my latest post? My guess is that the promoted blogs are paying blogs…another way to force us all to pay. I know that WordPress needs to make ends meet but dumping free bloggers at the bottom of the list isn’t going to do you any favours WordPress!

Oh, Fran, what a cynic! That thought never even occurred to me. I’ve always assumed (and perhaps it’s just vanity on my part) that my posts were never chosen because my blog has no photos. Surely WordPress wouldn’t sink so low as to only promote paying blogs!

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