1000 Awesome Things

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1000 Awesome Things
Type of site
Blog (user-generated)
Available in English
Created by Neil Pasricha
Website http://1000awesomethings.com
Alexa rank Negative increase 288,158 (as of January 2016)[1]
Commercial No
Registration No
Launched June 20, 2008
Current status Active

1000 Awesome Things is a regularly updated, Webby Award winning blog written by Neil Pasricha,[2] who posts one awesome thing in life each weekday. The site was launched on June 20, 2008 with #1000 Broccoflower[3] and is counting down until it hits #1. The topics covered on the blog are varied, and range from #981, Wearing underwear just out of the dryer,[4] to #858, The other side of the pillow,[5] and #773, watching your odometer click over a major milestone.[6] An awesome thing is posted every weekday and #1 was posted on April 19, 2012. The website has a live stats counter on it and has approximately 48 million hits.[7]


The author says that at the time of starting the site "if you flipped open the newspaper it was filled with the same stuff every day. The polar ice caps were melting, there were pirates storming the seas, the economy was on the verge of collapse, and there were wars going on all over the world." As a result, he created a website discussing "popping bubble wrap, or snow days, or the smell of a bakery."[8] In later interviews, and through a revealing series on his blog, the author shared that his personal divorce and a friend's suicide prompted him to continue looking for positive things in life.[9]

TED Talk[edit]

The author gave a TED Talk at TEDxToronto in 2010 which he further describes the origins of 1000 Awesome Things and The Book of Awesome and discusses key messages from the book.[10]

Popular posts[edit]

Based on the number of comments on the posts, the top five most popular pages are:

  • Ordering off the menu at fast food restaurants
  • Old, dangerous playground equipment
  • Smiling and thinking of good friends who are gone
  • Mastering the art of the all-you-can-eat buffet
  • Old, classic board games


The Book of Awesome cover.
The Book of Awesome cover.

The Book of Awesome (2010)
In 2009, Neil Pasricha was approached by literary agents after winning the Webby Award[11] and signed with Erin Malone from WME who also represents blog-to-books Stuff White People Like and Texts From Last Night.[12][13] It was published as a 400-page hardcover the United States and Canada in April, 2010 from AEB/Putnam, a division of Penguin Publishing. The book became a bestseller in its first week and a New York Times bestseller.[14] The book has been translated and is available in Dutch, Korean, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, and French.[15]

In Canada, The Book of Awesome was recognized as a Heather's Pick. It has been a bestseller on The Globe and Mail bestseller list for over 130 weeks and was the #1 Globe and Mail non-fiction book of the year for 2010 and 2011 and the #3 non-fiction book for 2012. It has been a #1 bestseller in many international markets.[16][17]

The Book of (Even More) Awesome (2011)
The Book of Even More Awesome was released on April 28, 2011.[18] It is a national bestseller.

The Book of (Holiday) Awesome (2011)[19]

The 2012 Page-A-Day Calendar of Awesome (2011)[20]

The App of Awesome (2012)[21]

The Journal of Awesome (2012)[22]

The 2013 Page-A-Day Calendar of Awesome (2012)[23]


In a 2012 newspaper interview the author said The Book of Awesome has been optioned for a movie but did not discuss details.[24]

Media coverage[edit]

The Book of Awesome and 1000 Awesome Things have been covered by magazines, newspapers, and broadcasters such as The Today Show,[25] BBC, CNN,[26] The Guardian,[27] Reader's Digest,[28] Entertainment Weekly, Wired's GeekDad blog,[29] The New Yorker,[30] Slate,[31] TEDxToronto on YouTube,[32] and The Globe and Mail.


2014 Scott and Kristin Powers won the "Awesome Award" for being awesome. Sandy Mcdermott was a close second. Julian Scott Valentin won the 2014 Junior Awesome Awards for being equally as awesome.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1000awesomethings.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "About". 1000 Awesome Things. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ "#1000 Broccoflower". 1000 Awesome Things. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "#981 Wearing underwear just out of the dryer". 1000 Awesome Things. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ "#858 The other side of the pillow". 1000 Awesome Things. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "#773 Watching your odometer click over a major milestone". 1000 Awesome Things. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ "A time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things by Neil Pasricha". 1000 Awesome Things. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Neil Pasricha: Creator of 1000 Awesome Things". Maximum Fun. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  9. ^ "#567 Getting to the light at the end of the tunnel". 1000 Awesome Things. 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  10. ^ TEDxToronto 2010. "Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome | Video on". Ted.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  11. ^ Harris, Misty (2009-05-06). "1000AwesomeThings blogger snags Webby". Vancouver Sun. Canwest News Service. Archived from the original on 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  12. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (2008-03-20). "'Stuff White People Like' Book Sold to Random House For At Least $350,000 (UPDATED) | The New York Observer". Observer.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  13. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (2009-06-26). "Book Based on 'Texts From Last Night' Blog Sold to Gotham | The New York Observer". Observer.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  14. ^ Taylor, Ihsan. "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
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  16. ^ "The Book of Awesome: Neil Pasricha: 9780425238905: Amazon.com: Books". Amzn.com. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  17. ^ "Book". 1000 Awesome Things. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  18. ^ "The Book of Even More Awesome: Neil Pasricha: 9780399157509: Amazon.com: Books". Amzn.com. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  19. ^ "The Book of (Holiday) Awesome: When the Christmas Lights All Work, Successfully Regifting a Present, Drinking with Grandma: Neil Pasricha: 9780399158599: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  20. ^ "The Calendar of Awesome 2012 Daily Calendar: Neil Pasricha, Monsieur Cabinet: 9780811879040: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  21. ^ "App of AWESOME - 1000 Awesome Things on the App Store on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  22. ^ "Journal of Awesome: Neil Pasricha: 9781452108445: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  23. ^ "2013 Daily Calendar: The Calendar of Awesome: Neil Pasricha, Monsieur Cabinet: 9781452108612: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  24. ^ "Where are they now? 1000 awesome things author Neil Pasricha talks about life after his popular blog | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  25. ^ "Pasricha: 'Awesome things make my life better' - today > books - booksmiscellaneous". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  26. ^ Anjarwalla, Tas. "8 feel-good websites to brighten your day". CNN. Archived from the original on 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  27. ^ Johnny Dee. "This week's internet reviews | Technology". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  28. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  29. ^ Little, Brian. "A Tribute to Playground Equipment Past | GeekDad". Wired.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  30. ^ Foley, Deirdre. "The Gospel of Awesome. Excellent". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  31. ^ Rubin, Gretchen (2009-11-23). "A Little-Known Occupational Hazard Affecting Writers". Slate.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  32. ^ [2]
  33. ^ "2010 | The Webby Awards Gallery + Archive". Webbyawards.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  34. ^ a b "2009 | The Webby Awards Gallery + Archive". Webbyawards.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  35. ^ Griffith, Eric (2010-11-11). "Our Favorite Blogs: 2010". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  36. ^ Monson, Kyle (2009-07-27). "Undiscovered: Fun - The Top 100 Web Sites of 2009 - The Top 100 Web Sites of 2009". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
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