Eight months ago, Le Clown met with alumni bloggers Sara, Madame Weebles, Roller Giraffe and Jen Tonic, and created The Outlier Collective. This new blog was going to be the independent and fringe answer to the Freshly Pressed nod. At that time, we as a collective were somewhat bothered by the often very beige content of the posts featured on the Freshly Pressed page. We were going to offer an alternative: a new award that was going to be granted to the edgier blog posts, the ones with graphic sexual content, the ones that perturbed by their political, social, and even religious content. We were going to promote these posts on our blog, with an award, and we were going to make a pretty big deal out of the whole thing. Until these two came along:
Automattic‘s Cheri Lucas and Michelle Weber, our WordPress story wranglers. So what if more food and photography blogs were Freshly Pressed… Bloggers like Madame Weebles, David Dixon, Jen Tonic, Mike Calahan, 25toFly, and Le Clown were suddenly awarded the honour… These writers used coarse language, were often politically incorrect, and weren’t the crowd’s favourites, and even though it was often some of their straighter posts that were Freshly Pressed, these bloggers were nonetheless Freshly Pressed… It all happened under Michelle and Cheri’s watch. With the greater variety of blogs being chosen, the alumni bloggers and I decided to pull the plug on The Outlier Collective. Story Wranglers and Co., hats off for showcasing bloggers of all walks of life… I for one, appreciate your new direction, and vision.
Has The Outlier Collective project died for good? Absolutely not. Madame Weebles and I are reviving it, and giving the project a whole different mission… Curious? You should be. But for the time being, we’re asking you: go and follow our new site… We will need all of you to make this project work. Keyword? Collective. Exactly. Make some noise…
Question: Have you noticed a difference in the quality of the recent Freshly Pressed posts? Have you been Freshly Pressed? Were you surprised by the post chosen? If you haven’t been Freshly Pressed, have you wondered why?