Thanks for reading my blog on Freshly Pressed!

Wow! What an exciting day for my blog. After noticing that I was getting some comments from people I didn’t recognize (usually the comments only come from friends and family), I wondered if my blog had been picked up by someone/something that was directing extra traffic.

Miraculously, it had! My post was (and still is for at least for a few more hours, I’m guessing) featured on WordPress.com’s “Freshly Pressed” homepage, a daily roundup of notable posts from WordPress blogs. While I haven’t had a chance to check out all of the other featured posts, I definitely will!

For selfish reasons, it’s awesome to have a busier-than-normal blog traffic day, but what the best part of today was the outpouring of support from commenters. Nearly everyone who commented included a message of congratulations, thanks or support for my sister, who is now an official West Point cadet. Thank you to all who left notes of encouragement. Since Hope and I can only communicate via snail mail while she’s in basic training, I’m going to copy some of the comments and send them to her – I think she’d find it cool to know that people all across the interwebs (no, not a real word) are thinking of her and are grateful for the sacrifice she’s making.

And another selfish note: if you subscribed to my blog because you saw it on Freshly Pressed, thank you! It means a lot to me that you want to keep reading, and I have a renewed commitment to writing (hopefully) entertaining, insightful posts. Also, thanks to WordPress for deeming my blog cool enough to be featured!

Thanks again for reading my blog and supporting my sister through your “likes” and comments!

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A Quick Thank You

Thank you to WordPress.com for featuring my post from yesterday on their homepage’s “Freshly Pressed” section, where they highlight the best of WordPress.com that day.

I have no idea who at WordPress scours posts, looking for what to feature on “Freshly Pressed,” but whoever you are – I appreciate it. It was pretty sweet to see my little blog up there.

Thank you so much for reading, and have a happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend. More will come on The Opinion Paige next week; I just can’t promise that it’ll include Admiral Ackbar.

Wrapping It Up

It seems like every post I’ve made in the past few months has begun with some sort of reflection on how quickly time is moving and how I can’t believe my internship is half over or what have you.

Even though it’s unoriginal, I’m starting this post the same way. I cannot believe I’m no longer writing from New York City. Instead, I’m sitting in my bedroom in Portland, amidst half-unpacked suitcases, magazines, shoes or boxes that my family left in here while I was away.

It’s good to be home, but it’s been an interesting transition. At times, it seems like my ten weeks in the Big Apple were just a dream.

Obviously, though, they weren’t a dream. And while I am way behind on blogging about my trip, I’m using this post as a way to “wrap up.” Below are a few photos, with some description, that summarize my final few weeks in New York.

Before I get to the photos, though, I just have to give an ENORMOUS “thank you” to everyone I met and worked with in New York City, especially those at Rodale, Inc., the publishing firm where I interned. The people I worked with (the PR teams at Rodale’s corporate level, Bicycling magazine and Organic Gardening magazines) were nothing short of amazing: they were willing to give me real responsibility, constructive criticism, support and encouragement.

It sounds cheesy, but my ten weeks at Rodale (and in New York in general) taught me so much about the working world, the public relations and publishing industries and myself that I can honestly say I’m a much different person today than I was at the beginning of June. This experience forced me to seriously consider what I want out of my life and career, and where I plan on going (literally and figuratively) in the next two years and when I graduate. I don’t want to get too deep here, but you get the idea.

Anyway, sappiness aside, I have one more thing on my mind: It’s my goal to write a series of posts about what I learned at my internship (basically from a public relations perspective), and I’d also like to start taking my blog more seriously during the school year.

To do so, I’d like to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and my own domain name, along with a theme that’s a cut above the basic, generic themes.

If you have any knowledge in that area, I’d appreciate your advice, especially when it comes to purchasing a domain name, transferring a WP.com blog to WP.org and finding a good theme.

Thanks for sticking with me. Here are a few final photos from my New York adventure:

come fly away

I saw "Come Fly Away" on Broadway during my last weekend in NYC. It was a fantastic combination of Twyla Tharp choreography and Frank Sinatra music.

st patricks cathedral

The majestic inside of St. Patrick's Cathedral

liz lemon tshirts

Ridiculously awesome Liz Lemon quote t-shirts from the NBC Experience Store. "What the what?!"

wall street george washington statue

Not the best photo, but I love this statue of George Washington on Wall Street. This is where Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States. It's a gorgeous building and statue with historical significance.

morningside park

The beautiful view from a lookout at Morningside Park, on the Upper West Side near Columbia University. In addition to my Park Slope, Brooklyn obsession, I also love the UWS.

Five photos don’t even come close to summarizing everything I did in my final weeks, but hopefully it gives you a little taste. Since time was dwindling, I was fearless about exploring anything and everything in the city – from downtown to the Upper West Side, I tried to see it all.

Thank you for reading the posts about my trip; an especially big thanks to those who commented. I really appreciate the time you took to check in with my Big Apple adventures. I can’t promise that Portland and Eugene will be as exciting, but I’ll see what I can do. Thanks again!