Today’s homepage includes a parent-friendly post, To Nap or Not to Nap.
Why did I pick this post for Freshly Pressed? First, the headline, which popped up in the photography tag pages, caught my eye — it’s a twist on the classic Hamlet line, of course — but with a funny angle: napping. So I had a feeling the post would be entertaining (good headlines often equal good posts).
Second, the blog is about a family. “Mommy blogs” and more broad parenting/family blogs are a popular genre for blogging, and for good reason: They’re a great way for parents to share their experience and wisdom with each other. So, I try to feature parenting blogs often.
Third, the post discusses an important developmental change in kids that all parents witness — the end of the daily nap. The author of the post described a touching scenario during which she found her son mumbling to his stuffed animals, no longer needing his daily nap. She also used a series of photos to visually display this adorable scene. I always like posts that provide both verbal and visual elements.
In essence: Catchy headline + good overall blog topic + compelling/cute story + clear writing and photos = perfect for Freshly Pressed!