Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Web Secret #273: 1,000 Awesome Things
I actually start to think that I have no more posts in me. I think about abandoning this blog and starting a new one, on a completely different topic.
But if I just wait, (a challenge since I am epically impatient,) something wondrous comes to my attention, and I am instantly revitalized. This week I discovered two very different blogs that reignited my commitment to iWebU.
The first is the Race Card Project - started by award winning journalist Michele Norris. Michele wanted to start an honest conversation about race in America. So she asked people: "to think about their experiences, questions, hopes, dreams, laments or observations about race and identity. Then, I asked that they take those thoughts and distill them to just one sentence that had only six words."
To her amazement she received hundreds of submissions that are, as she puts it: "thoughtful, funny, heartbreaking, brave, teeming with anger and shimmering with hope." Many people submit their six words and then write an accompanying essay explaining their thoughts. In turn, many readers write responses to these posts. And the conversation evolves. Here is a typical post from the site:
"The Art and Racket of Passing"
The second is "1000 Awesome Things" which is just what it says, "a time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things. Launched June, 2008 and updated every weekday." Simple, right? Well Neil Pasricha, the creator of Awesome, has gotten over 51 million hits on his blog. He has multiple best selling books eg "The Book of Awesome," and was invited to give a TED talk called "the 3 A's of Awesome," which has 1,712,091 views. (And that's just for starters.)
Here are some of my favorite awesome posts - do not judge me:
#996 Opening and sniffing a pack of tennis balls
#973 Sleeping in new bed sheets
#908 Peeling an orange in one shot
#83 Flushing a toilet with blue water in it
#57 Taking all the free stuff from hotel rooms