A good friend and I were recently talking (in written form) and the subject of Freshly Pressed came up. We had slightly different view points on the phenomenon. Since it was a pretty good discussion point, I figured I’d just put my opinion out there, and see what you think:
I’ve never actually been, so I can’t say for sure, but FP seems like…hmm, ok, it’s like you are a great artist, and you have some regular fans of your work, but then one day you paint something beautiful and the owner of an art gallery happens to be walking by the dumpster you threw the rough draft into.
He sees it and suddenly you are famous. People from all over the world are telling you how much they love your work. At first it is exciting, then you get a little tired of saying thank you a million times.
You start to get annoyed that all these people love something that you had just tossed out there. Your best work is the stuff inside that only a few people really care about. Soon the hype dies down, and people stop coming to see you so much, but your real friends, and maybe a few of the new ones who recognized greatness are still around. It isn’t until you die that everyone loves you again, but that is okay, because you would rather be loved for yourself, and your hidden masterpieces, than adored for a piece of trash.
For clarification: I don’t think that FP posts are trash. Most of the ones I’ve read have been good. I just doubt that those are their authors favorite posts.