Freshly Pressed – Welcome to all you new folk and a quick question

by Steve

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A big hello and welcome to everyone who has come across this site after seeing my recent post on the WordPress Freshly Pressed page. I hope some of you consider following this blog or subscribing to the RSS feed or just pop back at some point or other in the future. A huge thank you to everyone who has followed/commented/liked already. If you really can’t get enough of my waffling, I’m on Twitter and Tumblr too. Blogging is a huge amount of fun no matter who is reading, but it would be wonderful if some of you great folk could stick around.

While this might not be the most targeted web presence in the world I hope there is enough variety for you to find something you like. If you’d like to read more about Wait until next year, and where I’m coming from, do give the About page a read. Earlier this year I also wrote The Wait Until Next Year Conditional Manifesto for Blogging Success and Satisfaction, a not-entirely-serious post outlining my blogging philosophy.

I got an email Monday night from a WordPress ‘Story Wrangler’ (which has to the best job title in the world, right?) telling me she liked my post and that it would be featured as a Freshly Pressed editors’ pick. I was genuinely delighted that anyone would find my writing worth sharing and couldn’t wait to reach a wider audience.

I made Freshly Pressed once before, in 2009, when I wrote about Hemingway, Gladwell, writing and stuff. My blog was still in its infancy then and it was a rush to get a whole new bunch of real readers to interact with and to see my stats shoot up, if only for a day or two. This ol’ place is a little more established now, but this is still incredibly exciting even though I appreciate that this will be a fun few days rather than a New Dawn For Wait Until Next Year.

Without turning this into some kind of bad Oscars speech, now is also probably a good time to thank the regulars around here for all their contributions and feedback and to thank my lovely wife for supporting this silly enterprise.

Anyway, I was thinking just the other day that I’d love to find more blogs to read, and ideally blogs from real people rather than just corporate-y or old media versions of blogging. So, while I have a bit of an audience, could I ask a quick question?

What blogs should I be reading?

Feel free to recommend your own blog if you want to, I don’t mind, or just let me know the places you have to read each week. I’ll be sure to give everywhere a look and either follow them through WordPress/stick them in my RSS reader/find some other means of keeping track of them.

If you can’t think of anywhere, or would like some recommendations yourself, then take yourself over to my Links page.

Many thanks for stopping by and I hope you visit again soon.