When Neil Pasricha started his WordPress.com blog, 1,000 Awesome Things, he decided to highlight one awesome thing each weekday to help him keep a positive outlook.
That was three years ago, and now, the awesomeness just keep rolling on in for Neil: He has not only become a successful blogger and earned three Webby awards, he also can consider himself a critically acclaimed author. “The Book of Awesome” went on sale last month and was warmly received by reviewers.
“Now I’m writing a page-a-day calendar, meeting with TV producers, and basically trying to catch my completely spinning head,” Neil says of his success.
All this and Neil has still got 505 more awesome things to blog about!
Congrats, Neil, and we wish similarly awesome success to all our WordPress.com bloggers.
Wow, that’s awesome! I need that book! :) Congrats, Neil!
Add this to his 1000 awesome things!
Great that he made a success of being POSITIVE, and that the world doesn’t just love the cynical and crass. I’m going to his blog right now.
This is fabulous and exciting. Congratulations Neil. :)
Awesomeness is so awesome!
Wotcher WP Team!
Beautiful! I’m going to have to buy that book. :D
That is so awesome, and great news. I will check it out, praying God bless you. Nice to hear of someone doing well. Elena
Thank for the successful story. I hope I can have those awesome things in my life. My life is kind of boring.
Wow, congrats to him. I love reading stories about how blogging can lead to bigger and better things. Good luck, Neil! :mrgreen:
Congrats to him…We as writers and bloggers need inspirations like this.
Thanks for sharing. What an inspiration….congrats, Neil!
Yes, truly awesome…Great Job Neil…
Truly Inspirational !! … Well done and ThankYou xx
I’d buy that book. Cheers man!
I love hearing WordPress.com success stories. Congratulations to Neil for this one. His positive attitude has truly paid off!
Good for him! My efforts are a little less uplifting but I’m all for people making a career out of their blogging!
Wow, that’s awesome! I’m gonna have to check out his blog and book now! Kinda gives me hope that people out there do actually read blogs.
Congrats on the great success!
Neil’s blog is awesome. I visit his blog often and love his writing so much. Congrats on him
Awesome indeed.. extraordinarily brilliant..
The success stories definitely give a certain high..
Thanks for sharing the awesome things!!!
Very cool. Ill definately start reading that blog. I wonder what he’ll do when he’s reached 1000 things.
That is a great blog, I don’t think I’ve ever disagreed with him. It’s especially enjoyable because most blogs are extremely negative rants but he’s always positive, even when his life isn’t so swell.
Congratulations! That is truly inspiring!
OMG that book is just awesome ,(maybe awesomeness)
His blog is first class and this acknowledgment to his success is well deserved. :)
Wow, inspiring indeed!
What a wonderful shot of inspiration and positivity. Congratulations, Neil! Thank you WordPress.com for sharing this. I wish for ALL WordPress.com blogs to be so successful (if they want to be!).
What a fabulous (just to shake things up a bit) story! I look forward to checking out the blog, and maybe the book!
Congratulations! It is good to read a success story.
I read the author’s name as “Neil Patrick Harris” at first and thought, “This doesn’t count as a success story!”
Then I realized I was wrong. Haha, congrats!
Just curious, how many (and which) WordPress.Com blogs have been turned into successful books? Maybe that can be your next blog post?
truth be told, since I joined wordpress, I have had more than 20 ideas what to blog about, and this does not happen in any other blog platforms I have.
Just made my day. Thanks for recognizing the awesome!
Indeed an interesting and awesome story! WordPress.com makes blogging quite easy and it certainly helps to have a bunch of features to help reach the audience. From watching my own “niche” readership grow and remain steady (so far) I can tell, that keeping posts mixed up is a good thing. Good luck with the book sales to Neil, if it comes out as e-book or softcover I’ll be ready to buy. ;-)
Congratulations to Neil and to WordPress too:)
That is so cool! Congratulations. Funny how sometimes something little we do can turn into something HUGE! This inspires me.
I want to read the book.
I am in awe of the awesomeness of all this awesome business…
And it’s only 495 awesomeness to date. AWESOME!
How wonderful! It’s nice to see success from a positive humble source.
This is really the new revolutionary way to blow right by the gatekeepers, when it comes to breaking into the publishing world. Very sincerely, congratulaions, Neil!
Congrats and well done, Neil! Thanks for sharing such an inspirational story, WordPress… nice to see a positive vibe in the blogosphere amidst all the negativity. Just started a movie blog nearly a year ago, so this is definitely something for me to aspire to. Oh, and I love the word AWESOME! :)
that’s a true success. And that shows what sort content wordpress.com is hosting ! Neil, Congratulations!
This is inspirational stuff. One day this will be me. One day….!
Yes very Heart Warming to know…It gives inspiration to me .
Very awesome and inspiring! Blog on Neil, keep making it awesome.
That’s awesome Neil, I wish you continued success!
Yumm-e ; )
Well done, Neil. That’s Awesome!
An inspiring success story for an ambitious newbie like me…
Thanks for shinning a light in the tunnel of life!
Whoot Whoot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!
Cool! Great job Neil you’re an inspiration congrats!
this is amazing, well done! very inspiring!
How cool congratulations!!
Well done! That’s fantastic!
We should all try to stay positive, think it, be it, dream it and most importantly, live it.
Wow. Congratulations! Thanx 4 the Awesome inspiration.
Congratulations Neil! It’s so nice to read something positive.
Sounds like an awesome blog, no pun intended. And he’s not even halfway done yet? That’s amazing.
Big thumbs up!
What a great story. WordPress.com to a book deal. Maybe it’s in the domain name wordPRESS.com
This is great! Dreams do come true. Success can happen to anyone -you just have to be positive. It obviously worked for Neil. Way to go, Neil!!!!
Good Job,Well done Keep it up.
Congrats Neil! does that inspire you to rename your blog to “1001 Awesome” Things to include the this awesomeness (if the word exists)!!! ;)
Wow, thanks everybody!
I am totally honored to be in featured on WordPress. I’ve loved this massively amazing community since I started 1000 Awesome Things a couple years back. I mean, it’s just so easy and friendly to use (“Howdy” always makes me smile). Plus, whenever I asked a question in forums or drop WordPress a line with something I’m confused about (this happens often), I always get really kind and sincere advice right away.
This is a big reason why I put WordPress in the Acknowledgments of The Book of Awesome and wrote that I love how they give people all over the world a voice. I guess if we’re reading this we’re all in the lucky 20% of the world with Internet access, but I like thinking that more and more folks will get online and put themselves and their thoughts out there for us all to learn from and enjoy.
Thank you so much for all your support. Have a great weekend everyone and WordPress forever.
p.s. Here’s my past two years in a nutshell: http://1000awesomethings.com/thank-you-digg/
Congratulations Neil! The fact that your blog and book focus on something so positive is inspiring!
YAY! That is so cool! I am very excited for you, I wish you much awesomeness in your life :)
I love it!
So “blogging” does have it’s payoffs! Congratulations… I’m next! =^ )
Wonderful! Congratulations. This is good news for ALL.
It’s one of those things that seems so simple that it makes you ask: “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Very encouraging :) I hope to have similar success one day!
That’s super great Neil! We should ALL be more positive. Thanks for being an inspiration.