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Help Me Interview Neil, and Win THE BOOK OF AWESOME!

The book of awesome

If you haven’t yet stumbled across a remarkable blog called 1000 Awesome Things, you may want to check your internet connection. Each weekday since June 2008, blogger Neil Pasricha has been celebrating one undeniably awesome thing everyone knows. Not awesome like the Hindenburg explosion awesome, but awesome like the first shower you take after not showering for a really long time awesome. Or the moment at the concert when the crowd figures out what song they’re playing awesome.

Neil has an incredible knack for identifying the tiny unsung miracles that make our lives glimmer, so it’s no surprise he’s struck a chord with a lot of people. 1000 Awesome Things has featured on such media heavyweights as CNN, CBC Radio, the BBC, Wired Magazine, and a humbling list of others.

Back in May, I wrote a post about three notable blogs, one of which was Neil’s. He paid a visit to Raptitude, apparently liked what he saw and dropped me a line, and we’ve been back-and-forthing ever since.

This April, Neil and his awesome things will emerge in book form as THE BOOK OF AWESOME, and he’s giving a few lucky Raptitude readers a chance to win their very own autographed copy. And not a Lotto 649 kind of chance, a seriously decent chance.

Here’s how it works:

To commemorate the April 15 release of THE BOOK OF AWESOME, I will be conducting a short interview with Neil.

I have often remarked that Raptitude’s readership is one of the most thoughtful and interesting groups of people in these parts of the internet, and Neil agrees. So we’ve decided to let YOU interview Neil.

I am seeking a few (3-5) interesting, intriguing or otherwise AWESOME questions to ask Neil during the interview. Send your question to me (one question only please) and I’ll pick my interview questions from the entries I receive. I’m looking for questions that will make for an awesome interview, so be creative.

If I use your question, you will receive your very own copy of THE BOOK OF AWESOME, autographed by Neil himself. You do not have to be in the US or Canada either. As long as you have an address, he will mail it right to you, even if you live in Yemen or Panama.

The interview will appear on Raptitude on Thursday April 15, the day of the book’s release.

The contest starts today, and I will accept entries up to midnight Sunday, February 21 UPDATE: Contest extended to March 8! Hurrah!

Send your question here! Please put the word “awesome” somewhere in the subject line, and include only your question and your name. One entry per person. And keep it awesome.

If you have a problem with the contact form, let me know via Twitter or in the comments below and I’ll get it sorted out.


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Tim February 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

There must be some subliminal wavelength in the air today. I just finished writing about showering. Then I decided I wanted to comment on somebody’s blog. And the thought entered my head right before coming here: “What if everybody else is on the same page as I am, except we’re all just skeptical about it and don’t believe it.” And here you are mentioning showers.

Don’t worry. I’m not looking too much into it. Funny coincidence.

Count me in on the ? contest.

David February 9, 2010 at 2:29 am

Right on Tim. Make it count!

Brad February 9, 2010 at 12:21 am

I guess my only question is, who does he think he is to lick ice cream directly off the carton lid, rather than using a spoon?

That, and how did he promote himself?
.-= Brad´s last blog ..Torpid Snail =-.

David February 9, 2010 at 2:30 am

Using a curved implement like a spoon on a flat surface will only result in frustration. You need a tongue to do it right.

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) February 9, 2010 at 4:15 am

How excitement! An interview with a blogger whose thinking moves others. I am very happy for you. What a cool collaboration that gives on many levels.

I have no idea who Neil is (will do the cxn check) and will now visit his site. Hmmm…a question…

David February 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Neil is a cool cat. I appreciate anyone who appreciates the smell of gasoline and rain hair.

I’d love to hear what you come up with for a question Char.

Char (PSI Tutor:Mentor) February 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm

great~:-) teen spirit pheromones & flat hair appreciation.

Patty - Why Not Start Now? February 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Wow. “Raptitude’s readership is one of the most thoughtful and interesting groups.” Aw, I think you bring it out in us, David. But seriously, I love 1000 Awesome things and do believe I found it initially from the link on your site. So I’ll see if I can come up with a question that will knock your socks off.
.-= Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s last blog ..Meaning Mondays: The Purposelessness Edition =-.

David February 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Without readers this blog would be pretty lame. Anyway, my socks are ready for a good knocking.

makus February 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

why would you plug his book?

David February 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Because I’m a fan of his blog and he’s a friend and fellow blogger. Why wouldn’t I?

Andy February 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Had trouble sending the email through your contact form, so I’m posting here. I guess I am most curious about how Neil comes up with the list. Does he already have the 1,000 awesome things noted or is he confident enough in his awesomeness awareness to discover the awesome on the fly?

David February 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Ok, I got it Andy.

What happened when you tried to use the form?

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