There is no method.
I love looking through the Freshly Pressed page. It is wrong for me to say that it is only occasionally that I come across good writers, because I know the only reason they are featured on that page is because, well – duh!
But I do feel there is a slight difference between a good blogger and a good writer, at least for me. A good blogger is one who manages to discuss his/her point in a brief, concise, understandable manner. For me, there are very, very few blogs which I actually make the effort to read till the end, because they either go on about something I have absolutely no clue about, or no interest in.
I guess the ‘absolutely no clue’-bit is not a fair judgement, as my lack of knowledge doesn’t mean that person is not writing something amazing.
But it is a fact that the first thing I look at on the Freshly Pressed page – are the pictures. Most of the time, it is the memes and the crude MS Paint pictures that I love. And I click on them. Then of course, there are the titles and, obviously, the titles that make me do a double-take or are cheeky are the ones I click on.
There are some posts which have weird titles with a lot of big words and they intimidate and scare me. And others have pictures of scenery and wildlife or something else that I’d rather steer clear off.
Then I click Older Posts at the end of the page if I feel like there were a lot of potentially good-finds that day. If not, then there is a whole line-up of tabs at the top of my window.
The way I go through them, seems brutal even to me! There are the posts which I only read the first line to, and go: “Okay. Red cross for this tab.” and “What the hell?” and “I don’t know what that means!” and even “Too. Many. Big. Words. No. Humour.”
Then there are those posts which I survive a few paragraphs through. They are mildly interesting, or I’m simply in the mood to be enlightened. There are also posts for which I look at the title and say: “Uhhh. This makes me uneasy but I’ll give it a go..” and then I look at the blog template and the color and the font style (oh my God! Yes! Font can be such a big put-offer at times!) and I look at the size of the scroll bar. If it is average, I bother to read. If it is minuscule, I genuinely get scared and either close the tab (because nowadays I really dont have time to go through posts of that size, especially if I’m not sure they are going to be awesome) or if I think I’m interested in the post, but don’t have time then and there, I just click Follow or Like. I know that is a serious misuse of those two buttons, but if I really do like the first paragraph or just the general ‘look’ of the post I click Like so it’ll show up in my ‘liked posts’ widget – to which I can refer to later, when I have time – or I click Follow, which is rare and only if I’m sure that this person is really good blogger. Mark my words, though; they are rare.
And now, I have written an entire post, just about how I go through Freshly Pressed. Do not ask me if this was because I was guilty of liking and following and not properly reading or if it was because your page views went up but there were no likes or comments. I do that a lot. The reading-quietly-and-leaving-without-a-word part.