A couple of years ago, my WordPress friend Don Charisma, http://doncharisma.org, came up with a great way to acknowledge his followers in WordPress who have not been awarded the WordPress Freshly Pressed Award.
For those not familiar with the award, click here http://en.support.wordpress.com/freshly-pressed/
I admit I was not giving any thought to why I have not been featured on the Freshly Pressed page. I have perused the Freshly Pressed posts once or twice, and it seemed to me that my humble attempts would not stack up to what I interpret as very polished, rapidly processed, cultural avant garde blogs with a dash of insight for flavor. But as Aristotle would say, we need to look at the whole work, and to each his own, right? Perhaps when I looked there was just a small sampling of genres.
In any event, I read some of the criteria for getting the award, winced at my almost negligible chances (considering WordPress looks at half a million blogs a day) and went back to doing what Ponder Anew does- thinking about matters in life and formulating a faith response grounded in sound reason with sometimes a hint of humor. (Aquinas was once called a ‘dumb ox’ and it didn’t faze him!) The mind of St Thomas Aquinas is the most frequented visitor and reference in my perspectives, so I sincerely doubt the good powers that be (and WordPress supports are top notch), would be remotely interested in the thoughts of a 13th century, obscure theologian’s approach to contemporary issues, even if they are framed to accommodate cultural mores somewhat. So be it.
Anyway, it was very insightful and community-creating for DC to come up with these badges for those who are missing out on the fanfare and hoopla around FPA. Maybe one day our luck will change. Anyway, I still like my ‘unfeatured’ badge. Thanks DC!
Badge rights: http://doncharisma.org