Panic! You’ve been FreshlyPressed!

The Scene: Jessica’s house | 7:30pm | Monday evening

Jessica sits not-so-calmly watching the Olympics (Laura Trott during the women’s omnium to be specific – that sprint was amazing! It kept looking like she would be eliminated! Omnium is the coolest event you have not been watching …)

7:51 | Jessica hears a “ping” on her blackberry. It is a mail from Her piece on coffee table books has just been selected to be featured on FreshlyPressed {for those that do not know what this is, it is a daily selection of blog pieces WP thinks deserve a read}.

7:52 | Jessica collapses into a fit of happy giggles.

7:53 | Jessica panics as she realizes hundreds more people will suddenly be looking at her blog.

7:54 | Jessica realizes her blog is certainly full of typos!!

7:55 | Jessica realizes her blog doesn’t look exactly the way she wants it to!!

7:56 | Jessica notes that her hair looked pretty crazy in that post about the ferry ride a few weeks ago… hundreds of people will not want to see that!!

7:57 | Jessica calls voice of sanity, D, to calm her down and share the good news.  He says such nice things, she blushes and realizes she is being ridiculous. Her face hurts from smiling. He  deserves credit for some of the pictures you see on the blog.

7:58 | Jessica decides she is absolutely thrilled to have been FreshlyPressed and looks forward to meeting all her new readers.

7:59 | Jessica decides she’s just going to edit the blog “a little bit” and fix some things she’s been meaning to change.

[…] fast forward

2:00am| … Jessica finally stops editing and falls asleep, happily dreaming of the next blogs she plans to post, including this one.

[…] fast forward

10:00am Wednesday morning | Screen shot of Jessica’s computer

Delighted,, to have been featured!

This started as a little hobby and creative outlet – spurred on by the endeavors of a very talented blogger you should check out right now at Not Just a Pretty Dress – and is turning into something that makes me endlessly happy to work on. Thank you so much for the encouragement and kind words – I’m excited to respond to everyone’s comments!

J xx [still smiling]

PS – Definitely check out two of the other FreshlyPressed blogs featured today –

PPS – Come join me on:





Instagram – username “jessinbelgium”

  1. Congratulations! I’m SO happy for you. It’s a big thrill to be Freshly Pressed and I love the photo of “now panic and freak out.” Describes it very well. When it happened to me in June, I did a lot of “Guess what happened?” phone calls and e-mails. Enjoy it!

    • It is overwhelming but so much fun! I always really appreciate your kind comments and support so thank you!! (By the way, just said on your blog that I am in for Paris ;>)

  2. Awesome indeed! And i just checked Freshly Pressed and you’re still there! 🙂

  3. Congrats, Jess! It’s such a great feeling–hold on to it and full steam ahead!

    • Thank you so much Rian! Feeling fabulously motivated this week and plan to keep it going!

  4. B Nelson said:

    HAHA! Love it! 🙂

  5. CONGRATS 🙂 can you look at my fashion website, i would love to have your opinion on my post, its fairly new and i love doing this already 🙂

    • Thank you! Where on earth did you find Chanel bags of popcorn?? That might be the coolest snack picture I’ve ever seen. Great job on the blog – keep it going!

  6. Cécile said:

    Congratulations! I can imagine the thrill 🙂

    • Thank you Cecile! I adore your blog – so glad to have come across it!

      • Cécile said:

        Oh thank you Jess! I’m glad I found your blog as well and am looking forward to reading more 🙂

  7. Congratulations again on your Freshly Pressing, and thank you for linking me and featuring me in the corner of that picture! It’s quite the thrill seeing your name on that page isn’t it? Thank you again for liking the name of my blog specifically, too! I look forward to following and getting to know you better!

    • Thanks Chris – it was a thrill indeed! Was very happy to have come across your blog. Also looking forward to following and laughing on a regular basis!

  8. Love this.After being overwhelmed,freshly pressed becomes fun and an opportunity to look around. I edit my comments do you?

    • I agree, it was fun! Commenting is the way to go. It makes blogging a whole different experience in my opinion.

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