A few weeks ago I attended WordCamp Toronto. I really enjoyed the Blogging Success stories that were featured between the presentations. This week I read about a Toronto blogger, Neil Pasricha, who has an awesome success story.
THE BLOG: 1000 Awesome Things
On June 20, 2008 Neil Pasricha started his blog http://1000awesomethings.com. 1000 Awesome Things is updated every weekday with new blog posts that counts down 1000 awesome things. “Neil started his blog as a small reminder — in a world of rising sea levels, global conflict, and a troubled economy — of the free, easy little joys that make life sweet.” The awesome things covered on the blog are varied, and range from #827 Saying the same thing as a sports commentator says just before they say it, to #973 Sleeping in new bed sheets, and #886 High fiving babies. Neil’s blog 1000awesomethings.com is hosted for free on wordpress.com. He just has to pay to register a domain and a small fee for domain mapping to direct the domain to his wordpress blog. AWESOME!
29-year-old Toronto blogger Neil Pasrica is a self-described “average guy” with a typical 9-to-5 job in the suburbs. Neil Pasricha encourages us to take a minute to appreciate all the little things that go our way. In a Toronto Star interview Neil said that despite the upbeat bent of his blog, he’s not an excessively cheerful person: “I find things annoying, and things still upset, but with things as heavy as they are, it’s fun to say, ‘So what kind of potato chips do you like on your sandwich?’ ”
When Neil began blogging he never imagined that writing about the smell of gasoline, thinking it’s Thursday when it’s really Friday, or wearing underwear just out of the dryer would amount to anything. He certainly didn’t anticipate that his site would gain a readership of millions of people, win two Webby Awards (for Best Personal/Culture Blog and a People’s Voice award), be named one of PC Magazine’s Top 100 Sites, or become a place where people from around the world would come to celebrate the simple pleasures of daily life. And he never dreamt that it would lead to a book deal.
THE BOOK OF AWESOME (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, April 15, 2010) will be launched this week. Combining classic entries from the web site with a hefty chunk of brand-new content, and accompanied by photos throughout, The Book of Awesome is a much-needed reminder of life’s happy little moments, a hilarious and heartfelt thumbs-up for the awesomeness of everyday life.
ADVICE FOR OTHER BLOGGERS:
I asked Neil what advice he would offer to others who want to blog. Here’s his response:
“My advice is simply: Follow your heart and never stop writing. The rest will take care of itself.”
If you have a blogging success story I would love to hear it!