Isn’t it always the way. You start out with the intent of writing a spoof article on being Freshly Pressed and you end up reading a strange post debating whether or not Jesus actually drank alcohol or not written by an author who appears to be too well versed in the mechanics of making wine. I will not express an opinion here but one dude walking from to town to town with another twelve dudes sounds a bit like a bachelor or bucks party to me. Hey I am just saying. If you are interested the link is below and you will notice that this article uses the term freshly pressed throughout so perhaps he too was trying to write a spoof article on being Freshly Pressed.
The other interesting little bit of information I gathered was the origin of the term blog or weblog. Originally blogging was simply the posting of links to interesting little dark corners of the internet to create a virtual collection of pathways to make it easier for others to get to these little nuggets of online gold. The view was that if your weblog contained too much original material then you needed to work on your humility. Hmm…
Humility they say. Perhaps I should have worn something else to this post. Damn this wine is good. You sure you don’t want a drop JC? Oh you don’t drink when on duty.
My initial outline for this article had been pretty simple and went a little something like this
- Announce my imminent Freshly Pressed status
- Thank random celebrities and identities in history
- Be interrupted mid acceptance speech by WordPress officials
- Realize Freshly Pressed status was not coming
- Storm off into blog trailer and slam door behind myself
- Blog out
This initial blog idea will never be written as in true Ape No. 1 fashion any attempt at using preprepared material usually results in it being abandoned at the last moment with some other last minute random collection of thoughts. I can also neither confirm or deny the involvement of any other bloggers in this Freshly Pressed caper. Any other articles posted on this topic by different writers can be attributed to simple coincidence. For those scratching their heads on my DeLorean references in the captioned image below I suggest reading my earlier post The Blogs Must Be Crazy.
I must accept that the keys to the WordPress blogging time travel DeLorean will remain an elusive prize. Also if I need to wear tartan to the Freshly Pressed presentation ceremony then I may need to reconsider my desire to get these elusive keys.
I have discovered that I don’t follow most people’s recommendations on writing a good post but then again I am not sure what the term “a good post” means. I can say I enjoyed two tips that I saw numerous times on various articles on blogging. The first was use bullet points as everyone likes a good bullet point. Unless you are a foam target sporting concentric circles I suppose, but I doubt this is the demographic this writer was attempting to address with this advice and I have to admit this tip did give me a bit of a giggle. Secondly a good title is important as the initial glance of your post title must grab peoples attention. I found this article on my archaeological dig for blogging tips.
The article itself contains some reasonable advice on commenting and other strategies but the main reason I followed the link was because of the title. I instantly imagined myself luring people into an Irish peat bog with my writings to forever trap then in my collection of nonsense and outright childish ideas.
What do you mean I have to actually post something that people might find interesting. I don’t know why WordPress even hired you Mr Orbison as a blog advisor. What?! You are going to criticize my poor proof reading and research skills now. Well which one of the Beatles are you then?
So what have I learnt in this failed Freshly Pressed caper. Firstly I always find it difficult to end a blog post and usually resort to a morale of the story style approach. Secondly … well probably just the first one again. Um … Over and out I guess?
I am a little concerned that perhaps I have learnt a little too much on blogging in the process of writing a spoof article on blogging. I have strayed from my posting principles of more crap less content. Sigh.