What’s the deal with “Freshly Pressed” anyway?

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I probably visit this page two to three times per week.  I find inspiration to write by reading what others in the blogging community find interesting or note worthy.  I was asked by a close friend which service I use to blog, to which I answered WordPress.  They lit up and asked if I could share my screen name so they could follow me, to which I replied “No.”  I don’t share this with people I know in real life.  After explaining to them why I wouldn’t share, they seemed ok.  Their next question was “have you ever been freshly pressed?” and I again responded “No.”

To be honest, I have no clue how those entries are chosen to be splashed for the millions of WordPress bloggers to read.  Seeing a blog go from two digit followers to three and four digit followers is a scary and daunting thought.  I troll other blogs like a sketchy character in the dark as I’m very picky about who I follow and what I comment on.  I’m not a fan of the “nice post” and “good read” commenters out there as I don’t really think they actually read anything.  Why comment if all you’re going to do is give the electronic version of a thumbs up?  It’s similar to that guy or girl at a party that makes sure to say “Hi” to everyone but ends up leaving the party early because there isn’t any substance to back up the “Hi”.

Liquid Health
Liquid Health

I hear “freshly pressed” and immediately think of something like the juice I’ve been making for months now.  Damn good juice I might add.  My body went through a “what the hell are you putting in me” phase when I first started.  It definitely wasn’t pretty nor did it feel good. I imagine getting freshly pressed on WordPress to be a similar type of situation.  Shocking at first, doesn’t feel good, but after you get used to the idea and the real people stick around its easier to digest and keep up with the comments and posts.  My posting activity has definitely picked up recently as it has been more and more therapeutic to me.  I don’t write for anyone other than myself and that certainly wouldn’t change if I were, someday, to get freshly pressed.

Do I call attention to myself at this point, probably.  Doing a google image search for “freshly pressed” results in a crap load of pictures all related to WordPress.  I found the one below rather comical.  Visiting the blog that had this posted revealed a huge library of posts that were more than a few years old and obviously abandoned.  I wonder if the pressure of being freshly pressed drove them to insanity and forced blog abandonment.

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My view on this whole freshly pressed thing is a bit pessimistic.  Although I have expressed wanting to be followed by more people, the other side of the coin has me thinking that it would take some of the wind out of my sails.  Being showcased to so many people would put me front and center on an electronic stage where I’m probably never going to be comfortable and suffer forever from writers block.  I liken my style of writing more to word vomit than anything really cohesive.  I see something I am interested in and decide to write about it.  I appreciate the bloggers that have a weekly thing, I often enjoy looking forward to them as well, however I could probably never keep something like that going for an extended period of time.

Just a random picture of an old timey iron I found interesting
Just a random picture of an old timey iron I found interesting

Half-assed Tech

I should know better by now than to trust that technology, any technology, is implemented in such a way that its actually trustworthy enough to do what you expect it to do.  It seems that the more complex and cumbersome something is to install, administer, and maintain the harder it is to have it do what you need it to do.  More often than not it fails when you need it most.

Take my foray into technology gone wrong tonight.  Long story short, rebuilt a server OS from 32-bit to 64-bit, re-attached a SAN (storage attached network) and it was blank.  I know there was almost 250GB’s of data on that drive BEFORE I did the rebuild, so you can imagine my dismay and shock when it re-appeared as blank.  No production data, don’t pass go, your ass in the fire despite it not being your fault…  you get the idea.

Panic mode set in, and I started paging and calling everyone I could to try and figure out what happened.  As I was talking to the guy that actually runs the SAN systems (Clariion if anyone is interested), the data just re-appeared.  I didn’t reboot, rescan, or do anything of a nature that would trigger the data to stop by and say “Hi” to me again.  It felt like a warm blanket got pulled over me on a cold morning where you forgot to close the windows the night before……

Regardless of whether the data came back in the end or not, there is no excuse why a billion dollar company, not being named, should have technology systems in place that are so crude.  The unfortunate thing is that this scenario is played out hundreds of times around the world for the exact same reason.  No company likes to spend money on things that suck its bottom line like a vampire for a made up number that is referred to in Accounting circles as “return on investment”.  With that said, I believe that there are three schools of thought where you spend money for two reasons:

  1. IT guy sees a cool new technology, pitches it to management and gets a green light without knowing the true cost of being bleeding edge technology leaders.
  2. IT department utilizes resources and decides the best fit for their company and makes wise purchases.
  3. Company is stuck in the mode of thinking “this is how we’ve always done it” and refuses to purchase anything other than old parts off eBay to repair aging infrastructure.

Most companies, even though they would never admit it, fall into #3 almost always.  Companies like Google fall into #2.  Small companies with younger employees generally fall into #1, until they realize its expensive and morph into #2 or #3 over time.  I don’t know where my company falls currently, as they’re so big its hard to judge.  Based on some of the health reports I’ve seen lately, I think they’re in danger of falling into the #3 pit to hell where it’ll be time for me to jump ship looking for the #2 golden opportunity.

Ok, I feel better now 🙂