DonCharisma.org Not On Freshly Pressed Award

The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 … this is my first post in 2014 (GMT), it’s FRESHLY PRESSED.

This is a new award freshly pressed today. No one else has these badges on their blog, so it’s EXCLUSIVE to DonCharisma.org.

The idea is entirely my own, I created the award because I’m not on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed (FP) and probably 99.99% of other bloggers aren’t either. Seems some are envious that they aren’t on FP, others couldn’t care less about FP. It’s seen as an elite accolade in WordPress circles, if you’re on it, you’re at the top table, you’ve made it, you’re in the VIP, “THE”Β clique. Others will certainly get on their hands and knees and pay homage to you, you clever so and so. Or NOT as the case may be.

To get “made” (reminds me of Goodfellas) as a “Freshly Pressed” blog, your post and blog have to pass human editors. I’m guessing their equation includes a fairly stringent politically correctness checks, moral decency checks and a popularity gauge. Viral posts will have more chance of getting onto FP. And of course there are some special sauce ingredients – I don’t know what they are, could be masonic handshakes or bizarre initiation ceremonies involving donkeys, for all I know. Aside the humour and sarcasm, the official guide is here.

Either way most of us won’t ever get on “Freshly Pressed”, so I’ve created this award for a little bit of fun, mostly.

DonCharisma.org Not On Freshly Pressed Award
DonCharisma.org Not On Freshly Pressed Award

I’ve freshly pressed you a new badge, well four in fact so you can choose, yay. They aren’t available anywhere else, so get them whilst they’re freshly pressed πŸ™‚

The bloggers that I’ve nominated are all very inspiring and positive people, whom I’m very proud to call friends, or as close to friends as it gets on WordPress. All of them have many “Freshly Pressed” posts in them, and their blogs already contain freshly pressed material as far as I’m concerned πŸ™‚

If you don’t accept Awards then please pass on to someone else who may like it or just know it’s the thought that counts.

Section 1: Directions for you to accept the “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”.

2. Write a blog post and tell us the blog(s) you have chosen-Β there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and β€˜present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Include in your blog post a paragraph about why you’d like to be on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed OR a paragraph on why you couldn’t care less about Freshly Pressed. Up to you πŸ™‚

4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)

5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award” via this link: http://DonCharisma.org/2014/01/01/the-im-not-featured-on-freshly-pressed-award

6. And as a winner of the award-Β please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then PROUDLY display the award on your blog.

7. If you ever do get officially “Freshly Pressed” then take down this award badge and display the official “Freshly Pressed” badge instead.

Section 2: Why I’d like to be on Freshly Pressed

Ever since I posted my first post back in July-2013 I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my blogging experiences on WordPress. I’m always looking for ways to reach a wider audience, so Freshly Pressed could help me achieve that. Who knows maybe one day my work will be up to the required standard, and I’ll be a Freshly Pressed rock star too πŸ™‚

Section 3: The Badges

Section 4: I’m awarding this “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award” to :
(The order is random)

Don Charisma awards to http://halfeatenmind.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://tailsfromparis.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://sfoxwriting.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://jonrista.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://sirenoftheseablog.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://wordsandroses.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://asurfeitofpalfreys.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://kintal.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://breathelighter.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://brooklynbystander.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://markbialczak.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://talesalongtheway.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://muscleheaded.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://aroundandabouttreviso.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://fromthedeskofmardrag.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://sooolastyear.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://friendlyfairytales.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://gillmcgrath.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://sirvictors.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://heathercote.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://orestn.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://kanzensakura.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://pillsandpillowtalk.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://cheeseacresfarm.wordpress.com/productscontact-us “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://stitch-this.net/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://audreyhepburnbooks.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://thoughtprovokingmoments.wordpress.com/about “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://preteenrebel.wordpress.com/about/ “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://woofdiaries.wordpress.com/about/ “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://retmeishka.wordpress.com/about/ “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
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Don Charisma awards to http://booksmusicandmovies.wordpress.com/about/ “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://richbrunelle.wordpress.com/about/ “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”
Don Charisma awards to http://annesquared.wordpress.com/about/ “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award”


If I’ve forgotten you, drop me a message and I can add you to the list – Mine’s a busy blog and I didn’t do it on purpose πŸ™‚


Thank you so much, love you all, best of luck getting FRESHLY PRESSED in 2014 πŸ™‚

Happy New Year

Don Charisma


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329 thoughts on “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award

    1. I don’t at the moment have time to do an official award to you. However, please take this comment as my awarding it to you, provided you follow the instructions to award to others … caring is sharing πŸ™‚

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  2. Nice to see an award that isn’t the usual sycophantic style that gets passed around, like a patronising air-kiss or something. I’ve read a couple or few of Opinionated Man’s posts about the whole Freshly Pressed phenomenon, and mostly agree with his (and your) sentiments about this.

    I run a blog with a mild profanity (!shock!) in the blog title, and discuss quite a few ‘negative’ issues, which obviously won’t get me nominated for anything that relies on me being ‘inspirational’ – and that is just fine by me… I won’t change my content or my style just to garner a collection of pixels and a bit of hollow praise.

    Anyway, just wanted to comment here, and let you know that I appreciate your posts, especially your usually wonderful photographs, appearing in my reader. Cheers!

    1. Thanks that’s very kind πŸ˜€ … I think FP has it’s place, and I understand why it is what it is ! … however a lot of bloggers will never ever see it, which is sad in a way, mostly because I think all blogs are written to be read …

      I’ve had to divert all my energies into other commitments, but will be “back on the blog” soon … will also blog about what I’ve been doing and what’s kept me away from the blog πŸ˜€

      Warm regards

      Don

      1. Thank you very much for responding, Don Charisma – great name, by the way, love all the layers of meaning! I think you have hit upon something of great value in the creation of this award – and also have exposed a chasm of suppressed feeling, which is now, I suspect, starting to steam its way up the walls. Better out than in, I say!

      2. Thanks, and yes a multi-meaning for sure πŸ™‚

        I reckoned it might help the 99% of people who never will be on FP … and yes good that people talk about their frustrations πŸ™‚

        Warm regards

        Don Charisma

    1. Thanks and yes I created it as an award for “the common blogger” which is very much what I feel myself to be … glad you like it and lovely to hear from you πŸ™‚

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  4. Wow! “They like me, they really, really like me…” I have just been presented with this award and want to thank you for creating it. Though I am a bit shy about things of this nature, I am going to accept it and pay it forward. I did mention to Alisha, from http://poemotherapishoppe.com that I don’t appreciate these awards coming with homework πŸ™‚
    ~ Michael

    1. Hey Michael, I did message you I think direct on your post. Congrats πŸ™‚

      The first few awards are the hardest them it’s plain sailing really, so sound like you’ve popped you award cherry …

      And as for homework, well nothing worth anything comes for free !

      Warm regards

      Don Charisma

  5. Hello! Just wanted to come say “hey” and this Not Freshly Pressed Award nomination was a cool idea.. I’ve just posted my acceptance on my blog today.

  6. Don, you are hilarious. I never saw that you gave me this award, too, until the Misty Lady gave it to me again and I came to visit. Thanks!! Somehow I don’t get many pings. Eventually I will put it up, but having just done an award posting, it may take some time. Hugs, Brenda

    1. Hey Brenda, you are welcome … and yes I think you’re on my awards list, so you get all the awards I give … not sure about the pingback thing, I think there’s a setting in worpress where on can switch it off … and wordpress probably gets it’s knickers in a twist because I normally issue awards 100s at a time … either way if there’s a post that says “award” on it in your feed, then you’ve been issued an award ! cheers DC

  7. Thank you DonCharisma !!! i was nominated in β€œI’m Not Featured On Freshly Pressed” Award .. Love the idea.. You`re so great!! Happy blogging! Have a nice day. God bless πŸ™‚

  8. Hi, there.. I was just nominated for the NOT Featured on Freshly Pressed Award by Kim Saeed at Let Me Reach. In so many ways this blogging award means more than being on Freshly Pressed, because it’s coming from those in your community… people with whom you have connected. Such a good idea to give some love to those who we think SHOULD be on Freshly Pressed but may never get there.

    1. Hey Marie, that’s lovely and really embraces the idea of what the award is for πŸ™‚

      Great to hear from you, here’s to the 99.9% that won’t make it onto Pressly Freshed …

      Warm regards

      DC

  9. Wow!! I was just nominated for the “I’ve Never been Freshly Pressed Award” by letmereach with Kim Saeed!
    This is the coolest thing ever. A more honorable honor if you ask me!
    Thanks

    1. Hey Eric, I’m a little behind on my comments, thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚ And of course you are welcome, I created the award for you and anyone else who would like it …

      Warm regards

      DC

  10. I like your the design of your Award!
    I started a similar award and called it the ‘NBFP’ (Never Been Freshly Pressed) award. We formed a Club and all was just fine until I was Freshly Pressed. I had to hand the reins of the Club to someone else. If being Freshly Pressed had been really wonderful, then resigning from the Club would have been worth it. But my Freshly Pressed experience was not at all exciting – no one really wanted to read a post about how my community had been wiped out by a flood.

    http://gogreygirl.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/the-never-been-freshly-pressed-club/

    1. Ah, so I’m not the only one with the same idea !

      I created more for fun than anything else, but seems to have been very popular … congrats on getting Pressly Freshed, maybe on day they’ll put me on there too πŸ™‚

      I think it’s good if anyone can get exposure through pressly freshed or anywhere else, I’m a strong advocate of promotion, and for me there’s no substitute for putting the hours in for promoting oneself …

      Warm regards

      DC

  11. Hey, I have a question.

    Could I nominate someone??

    If I can, I would like to suggest

    preteenrebel.wordpress.com
    and
    woofdiaires.wordpress.com

    The sites are BRILLIANT. Seriously.

    Anyway,

    Tata for now,

    Isabelle

    1. Hey Isabelle, I’ve added those two sites to my list … the blogs will get pingbacks on their about pages to let them know they’ve been awarded … or you can tell them πŸ™‚ … warm regards DC

      1. Hey, I checked with the authors of preteenrebel.wordpress.com and woofdiaries.wordpress.com but they haven’t gotten any notice about this… Please check it out.

        Love
        Isabelle

        [P.S: Four BILLION hits???/ What are you, Lord of Blog????]

      2. I saved this message from the Spam queue, happens sometimes …

        Ah, sometimes the pingbacks don’t seem to go through, sorry about that πŸ™‚

        Four billion hits, just a little joke …

        Warm regards

        DC

  12. Thanks a lor for the award Don!You really should be rewarded for this post. I love it that you are always being so creative! πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!

  13. Today, I was permanently deleting about 500 spams.,t hen I found this wedged between Louis Vuitton ads! I have been on the computer too long so I can’t focus well enough to find my blog with the tiny font but assume you sent this to me, I am on there and I have never been Fleshed Pressed! I love your wit and your sensitivity. You and Shaun are two of my favorite guys as you
    keep in touch! Thanks!

      1. OK, so long as you are happy is main thing …

        I did already zero to hero with my scuba diving, it’s well worth doing, and at the end you’ll be a superstar, yay !

        Happy new year also πŸ™‚ warm regards DC

      1. LOL, reminds me of those occasional awkward “how are you” conversations, where one party asks too many times πŸ™‚

        how are you enjoying the “Whose Blog is it Anyway” ?

        Cheers

        DC

      2. LOL

        I’ve been reading them this morning. I very much enjoyed Nav’s entry. I will have to follow his blog for sure. I follow Danny and liked his entry..he cracks me up with his “let’s not upset the wife” bit. Chris’ insight is priceless. Sue did a fine job. I think she nailed it for the majority of women out there. (Not me, but what do I know.)

        Cheers
        Audrey

  14. Don,
    First, thank you for following my blog. I also offer a kind of potpourri of posts…some humor, most inspirational, and other assorted posts. I also have many siblings who owe me from when we were growing up, so I occasionally twist their arms to include their brochures, humorous essays, and pictures (but they don’t resist much ;)).

    I LOVE your “NOT” award idea! It reminded me of a time I lifted my own spirits by awarding myself Employee of the Month status where I used to work, several months in a row. The reason was that the agency hired a HORRIBLE new administrator. A real Cruella Deville. At length, she was told to either resign or get FIRED. She made MANY employees’ lives miserable, before she left. Some went on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds to put up with her. She ESPECIALLY hated people who opposed her machinations. I was one of those.

    However, her meanness really caused me to rise up to the (good) struggle for the agency and for my co-workers. I thought that several months I deserved the Employee of the Month award for my efforts.

    Of course, with her on the selection committee you know what would freeze over before somebody like ME got that award!

    And so, I drove into work early on the first day of the months where I awarded myself and, taking a rock, lightly scribed “Employee of the Month” on my parking space.

    I also got myself some flowers for my desk.

    I also took myself out to lunch a couple of times.

    This was soooooooo spirit-lifting, and when I shared my newest spirit-lifter with others, they soon joined my esteemed ranks. We went out to lunch together, and shared the glory.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. That’s awesome … way I read it, keep your own spirits up and be happy in yourself, and others benefit just from having you around … first class … warm regards DC

    1. Are you sure about that, did you check the entire list right down to the bottom ?

      Only kidding, you’ve been added to the list of awardees, happy new year πŸ™‚ DC

  15. Great idea Don. Thanks for the (non) award. You must have read my mind, since I have thought about creating an angel award, just not sure how to do it. I’ll have to get on Photoshop when this sinus headache goes away and give it a try.

    1. If you can track me down a copywright free angel you like and it’s straightforward I’ll have a look at if for you … I use all-free-downloads and morgue file, they have a lot of copyright free stuff … also “free angel vector” in google would yield some result πŸ™‚

  16. Brilliant idea Don! πŸ™‚
    Makes me smile!
    And thank you very much for the nomination. I am honored and shall show the I am not freshly pressed badge proudly on my blog! Lol.
    Lots of love β™‘

  17. From one “Not Freshly Pressed” author to another, this is something that made me smile. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for following along, and I am certainly hoping that I will be posting more often in the coming year.

    Lunargirl/Violet Elder

  18. Thanks for nominating me for the “Not On Freshly Pressed Award” – I would dub this the first beginning in a new wave of ‘anti-awards’ rocking the cosy FP establishment. Oh dear, feathers will be ruffled. I love the designs too πŸ™‚

    Cheers…and a happy new year 2014!

    Vijay

    1. Hey Vijay, Thanks for your continued and persistent support in 2013, it’s very much appreciated, although I don’t get out much on other social networks, I do notice when people are sharing my stuff πŸ™‚

      Perhaps a bit early for a trend, and I’d hope that the establishment could laugh along with me, I’m not wishing to make enemies, just to enjoy myself and hope that others enjoy what I’m doing too …

      Happy New Year 2014, yay !

      DC

  19. Don — Appreciated seeing your Follow this morning. Cool way to start the Year…with Charisma that is. Freshly minted smiling for not being pressed. Travel well. Dan in Chicago.

  20. Brilliant idea!

    I know who to pass it on to as well….a super blog called ‘roughseasinthemed’.

    I have a feeling that you are not Freshly Pressed if you are not into misery lit, worship of own child (and your own awesome parenting skills), ignorance of political reality and shouting ‘look at me’…but I could be wrong….
    It could just be that you are literate.

    1. Thanks Helen, it is fun obviously πŸ™‚

      AND I AM TOTALLY CRACKING UP AT YOUR DESCRIPTIONS … I wish I was as able to put it so succinctly !

      Slight confession I’ve never read most of the posts on FP, so good that you’re able to give me the short version πŸ™‚

      Keep up the good humour Helen, and thanks for friendship in 2013 …

      Happy New Year, yay !

      DC

      1. Yes, all good fun!
        I have been looking at FP recently as a number of bloggers I followed have gone silent and I was hoping to find some new ones….but without success..
        It’s a super idea, but it’s not working for me.

      2. LOL, holiday season, perhaps that’s why they’ve gone quiet ?

        Don’t honestly personally pay much attention to FP, had a look today, seems only 2 posts a day and pretty much how you summed it up.

        Hope you find some good blogs soon !

        Warm regards

        DC

      1. Although slightly out of context, and not exactly the intended meaning – Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.”

        You’re on the list of awardees, happy new year πŸ™‚

        DC

  21. You are too funny!!! I’m cracking up here and my husband’s asking me why. LOLOL!!! I can’t stop! Okay…composing myself…..thank you for including me. I have an award nomination page I put these on. It will be immortalized there for all to see and for me to remember I started off my 2014 with a huge smile. πŸ˜€

    1. LOL, fun fun fun to start 2014 … and an “in” joke because virtually no one outside WordPRess would get it, I had to explain it to a friend … happy new year πŸ™‚ DC

  22. Well now, even Fresh gets stale – as long as someone out there finds my posts useful that will do me and stats tell me “don’t need Freshly pressed” πŸ˜€ It’d be nice, though, although not obligatory πŸ˜€
    Happy New Year again, Don, and thanks!

  23. Don, pillsandpillowtalk.com is not on Freshly Pressed and not on Not Freshly Pressed either. But I’m going to have a good year anyway. When I stop blubbing πŸ˜‰

    1. Carol, I can’t do anything about FP, I don’t know the correct handshake or how to milk a donkey, but will learn if someone tells me how to do the handshake, google should yield results for donkey milking πŸ™‚

      As for NOT on FP, I’ll think you’ll find that one of my little helper elves has added you to the list. Good luck with getting on FP πŸ˜‰

      Obviously with respect Carol, please could you to update your Gravatar, I use them to keep track of who’s following me and yours doesn’t have your blog attached for some reason …

      Thanks for your participation and good humour in 2013, wishing 2014 will be just what you wish it to be 😎

      Happy New Year

      Don Charisma

      1. Don you’re a true gent. May 2014 be the year you get everything you need, and lots of things you don’t need but really, really want anyway.

      2. Hey Carol, I see your gravatar name, email and IP address but still not showing blog name. There are two places, one in the confusing gravatar screens and one here – https://wordpress.com/settings/account/ “primary blog” … I and some other bloggers use it to follow back and as a shortcut to find a person’s blog … drop me another comment when you think it’s sorted and I’ll check it πŸ™‚

        Warm regards

        DC

  24. Don, you clicked on my blog and boy am I glad you did. I track you down over here and find the best ever WordPress post. To heck with FP, they should make you VP of Charisma!

  25. I just came back home from a looooooooong shift on New Year’s Eve and saw this. Well…I just had to start cracking up. What a way to take it to the higher powers who choose who remains on the low end of the blogging food chain.

    I have to commend you, Don. You can’t be accused of being run of the mill!

    Well…except for the one guy who hated your panoramas…but he doesn’t count!

    1. πŸ™‚ Yup, it’s Happy New Year award … and to be honest I’m 24 awards behind on what I’ve been awarded by others, so there may well be more to come πŸ™‚

      WHAT’S HAPPENING lidtop.wordpress.com fans !

      Happy New Year

      DC

      1. Well it certainly is helping everyone to get more hits Don… You’re doing an incredibly wonderful thing here!

        I should feature you! LOL! What I like to do is find someone downtrodden, who feel like they have a crumby blog but really have a good one… See how your kindness spreads like wild-fire? I’m gonna make a Humanitarian award, and give it to you! Happy New Year Don! :O)

      2. It’s a two way street my friend, so we’re helping each other. I’m just doing what amuses and I’m having fun doing, with people that are friends πŸ™‚

        Always happy for people to feature me, provided they are civil and constructive … and happy to see people being kind …

        I’ll wait by my inbox for the incoming award then ?

        Warm regards

        DC

  26. I am sooooo jealous. One day when I grow up, I want a I’m Not Freshly pressed award. Actually, I’d like one that sez…I don’t need no stinking Freshly Pressed Award. What a great award. So many folks like us and the people who follow my blog aren’t stylish enough, not professional looking enough, don’t pass the grammar Not-see’s standards of what-ever correctness….and yet we manage to encourage, inspire, expand the visions of others – all without being freshly pressed. This is an excellent idea and I hope someday, I merit such an award. this has now become a goal to which I aspire. Jolly good!

      1. Perfectly acceptable considering there are 10000 people following my blog, I do my best to figure out who wants awards and who doesn’t, and occasionally get it wrong … therefore a gentle reminder is welcomed, and I did put on the post for people to ask me if I’d inadvertently left them out πŸ™‚

        Happy new year

        DC

      2. I know you did make that remark, but I still appreciate the gracious reply. Right now I have less than 300 followers and I find it hard to keep up with them, their blogs and others. But it beats watching TB Waste land!

        Happy new year to you and to all of those dear to you.

        Toni

    1. Doh !

      Another badge for your blog Shaun

      Happy New YEar and thankyou for your help, patience and support last year, my confidence and blogging skills have benefited tremendously.

      Cheers

      DC

      1. This is a badge? ok, thanks πŸ˜€ But what is freshly pressed? I don’t really take note of other stuff as I am lazy lol

        Thanks Don

      2. I thought you were joking Shaun LOL … Freshly Pressed is a high profile section in the WordPress.com reader where people’s blog post’s get featured … see http://WordPress.com when you’re logged in …

        And yes it’s an award/bagde a new one I created especially for you πŸ™‚

        Cheers

        DC

      3. You are especially good, like Nutella or those nutty chocolatey things we get at Christmas, with this “Ferrero Roche you are really spoiling us” πŸ™‚

      4. Just say “Shaun, you are a NUTTER” and I will get it quicker

        πŸ˜‰
        I am Scottish not Swedish (Like my Partner) DON’T SAY A WORD! πŸ˜€

  27. I don’t really care about being nominated for these awards because it’s too much work. I wonder why we work for a large audience. I’ll never get into the Hall of Fame or write a book.

    1. Never say never !

      And I reckon we work for the audience because we’d like to share our creations. Recognition is also nice, and so is making a living πŸ™‚

      Happy new year

      DC

      1. It is never boring Sir! Thank you for having me here and it’s nice being a part of your 2013! All the best and prosperous New Year to you Sir!

        Cheers,
        Mikee

      2. Same for me Mi Kee, only a few make it onto my coolest bloggers list, you are one of my favourite bloggers πŸ™‚

        Here’s to “us” in 2014 πŸ™‚

        Warm regards

        DC

  28. Pure awesome, I love, love, love this post. Cracked me up!! I have never been freshly pressed and could care less, I have one upped them freshly pressed editors. I was discovered by a casting director with a major network because of WP and my blog. The network is showcasing my story as the pilot for a new TV series about survival. So take that Freshly Pressed !!

    1. Awesome, so living proof that FP isn’t all that important anyway ! Really pleased for your success, great to hear from bloggers who made it πŸ™‚

      Happy new year

      DC

      1. Hey Becki, welcome, LOL, we’ll have to see what the future brings, perhaps I’ll get “made” on FP sooner or later, who knows πŸ™‚ Warm regards DC

  29. I love it! I periodically read some of the FP blogs just to get some new blood. I have often thought I would so like to be FP, but there isn’t an iron big enough. Perhaps a steam roller! LOL
    I will share my badge with pride.
    Thank you so much for the nomination and for creating the badge. The world needs more people like you who are thinking of all, not of themselves. I don’t know if that made sense, but I think you get my drift.

    Peace & Love

    1. Yup certainly got the drift and makes sense … It’s for fun more than anything, and of course any of us bloggers would relish the chance to be on FP, isn’t that why we’re publishing publicly anyway so our ideas and creations get shared ?

      Warm regards

      Happy new year

      DC

      1. I’m sorry, but that one went right over my head lol. But perhaps one day when I am as brilliant as you, you’ll add me to your list! Because I am relatively new at this and could care less about that stuff! I just want to help my peeps. πŸ™‚

  30. Ha ha… you’re a shocker my friend!! But I will accept, and one day I might even get around to posting about it πŸ˜‰
    btw – I did reply to the email you sent me, did you get it???

    1. That’s the way I roll, push the boundaries a little, and have some fun doing it, pioneering ?

      I’m not receiving your emails, I’ve checked, double checked, checked spam folder, can’t find anything 😦

      Warm regards

      DC

      1. I’ve tried replying to the emails you’ve sent me. I’m receiving emails from yahoo but for some reason yahoo aren’t liking my ISP. Go figure 😦

      2. I’ve heard Yahoo problems before, one forum I know refuses to accept yahoo email addresses. I’ll see what I can do and get back to you, perhaps it’s time I moved away from Yahoo …

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