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Whilst I was helping at the 3rd year’s show on Friday evening, my phone was buzzing like crazy. It wasn’t until the end of the night that I saw someone had commented on my blog ‘Congrats on being FP’ which meant…

…I made the front page of WordPress! Being Freshly pressed is quite an achievement – ‘The best of 398,382 bloggers,645,239 new posts, 1,253,744comments, & 143,986,810 words posted today on WordPress.com.’ – That’s a lot of competition!

I’ve been FP before but this time the response has been MASSIVE! Over the past 3 days I’ve had more views than the WHOLE of 2010 as well as some really lovely and funny comments.

Unaware that all of that was happening, I was at the show chatting to Ben Willers about info graphics, pinterest and visually, which I had submitted my blog info graphic to the day before. The next day he tweeted me:

Confessions of a Blog-a-holic had made it onto the front page of visual.ly as a staff pick! You can check it out here – if you want to look closer at details then click to zoom in. Thanks to Ben for spotting it – can’t believe we was talking about his work being chosen as a Staff pick and then it happened to me!

I never thought my info graphic would attract so much attention – so shocked! I had already planned on continuing to look into facts and figures about my blog, but I’m worried it’s going to be a bit hard to follow up now! No pressure, hey?

All in all, 2 lovely surprises – Thanks 🙂 It will all make interesting data for the next series of info graphics haha!


  • Tim

    04/06/2012 at 6:26 am

    It must be an exciting thing. Not only because of the influx of people hitting your site but because all your hard work is now recognized.

  • Lincoln_GD (@Lincoln_GD)

    04/06/2012 at 10:37 am

    Nice one Tasha,
    If you’re wanting to move your blog viz forward then download the raw data from WP and start to sketch directly from it. It might be that there are patterns in the data that jump out right from the start. Or it might be that you need to need to work with the data to refine it a bit more – think about possibilities for categories, grouping, averages, deviation, location etc. Sounds a bit mathematical and it can be, but creative too.

    Let me know how you get on…


  • Heather

    04/06/2012 at 3:56 pm

    Congratulations. Loved your post!

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