I’m very pleased to report, as some of my readers may already know, that WordPress selected my recent piece “Playing the Online Hero, Offline” for their Freshly Pressed section. This is now the 4th time the editors at WordPress have done me the honor, and it feels just as good and just as much of a surprise now as it has previously. For those unfamiliar with what being “Freshly Pressed” means in this context, the editors at WordPress select an individual post from among the thousands upon thousands of blogs on WordPress.com which they find particularly interesting. They then highlight that post on the Freshly Pressed section of WordPress.com and via Twitter, as a recommendation to others to read it.
With regard to this particular piece, in the email I was sent notifying me that it had been selected the editor commented that it was “an interesting, succinct discussion that allows your readers to think about the ways humans have this need for heroism, and your examples of online gaming to watching the Olympics are timely. I’m thrilled to share it with our wider audience.” So far, the comments that readers have been leaving on the piece show that it has led people to think about some of the issues I raised in the post, and getting that kind of feedback is a joy for any writer. Unlike singing in public, for example, where one can gauge by the applause whether you have belted out that particular karaoke cover well, there is often no immediate way for a writer to tell whether or not he has communicated effectively.
At the same time, one could easily point out many other writers who write just as well or better, of course, for I am far from a paragon of perfection in my writing. And there is always the need for ongoing improvement. That aside, in all honesty I do love the opportunity that these occasions provide for me to share ideas with a broader audience, as they lead to new connections and some different ideas to consider, not just for those reading the post but for me as a writer.
In any case, thank you again to the editors over at WordPress for selecting my post, and to my readers for sticking with me as I continue to scribble on these virtual pages.