Featured on Discover is the blog award given by the WordPress editors. I’ve been honored to win five of these awards. They have brought thousands of views and lots of new followers to the Wild Ride. Today, I’ll let you in a little secret how you can be Discovered on WordPress too!
Editor’s Picks, Freshly Pressed, and Discover
My first Editor’s Pick was out of 375,000 other posts blogged on a day in October of 2011. I stayed on the editors’ radar and received two more in 2012. Back then, the WordPress awards were called Freshly Pressed. Now they are called, Featured on Discover.
Cue the sound of crickets.
One year almost to the day after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I won another Freshly Pressed for An Open Letter to My Boobs. That was in April of 2014.
Since then, blogging has exploded.
Very few can hear our tiny voices when they are lost in a hurricane of people shouting to be noticed.
“Look at me! Look at me!” I screamed while drowned out by the roaring crowd. “Woohoo! Over here!” I jumped up and down and burned a few calories. Exhausted, I returned to my desk to write instead.
WordPress hosts one-third of the world’s websites.
Billions of people blog. In fact, according to WordPress Facts, 409 million people read 21 billion pages each month! 21 billion?
Assuming my voice would never be heard by the editors ever again, I focused on building my blog readership and community instead. Along with writing about my wild life in Colorado, I studied the craft of writing books. There’s a huge difference between writing essays and novels. I’m still learning!
For a couple of years, I read a lot about how to increase views. Most of the articles said the same thing: Continue reading