Finding Something Friday on Chicken Soup’s Family Matters (and Tweeting Such)

Sometime this week, I found an email in my Inbox from the Chicken Soup folks. But I just got around to reading it today. Perfect for Finding Something Friday!

Apparently, people just love nutty family stories. You know what I mean: those knee-slapping tales about your mom or dad or cousins or sister-in-law doing those weird and wacky things that made you want to slap them smack in the…um, well, someday you’ll laugh at those stories. Right now, other people will find them HI-larious. So, write them down, send them in to Chicken Soup, and make a bunch of money off Uncle Bob backing into your car so he wouldn’t hit a pregnant squirrel. You won’t make enough money to fix the car, but you can wave the check in Uncle Bob’s face. Oh, and act fast. Deadline is February 28th.

I also found out that on this day in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta. I got that factoid from the Atlanta History Center. Technically, I got that bit of info from a tweet, ’cause the Atlanta History Center is on Twitter. So, if you think Twitter is just 140 character lines about what’s for dinner, it’s time you checked out your museums, aquariums, news services, and even charities. Twitter’s amazing. And okay, a little bit weird and wacky.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that the photo of the Beneficent Mr. Hall that goes along with this post in no way is meant to imply that he is weird and wacky. I can’t help what you infer.

Thursday’s Three: Blogs, Blogs, and Surprise! Blogs

So, here’s the thing. It’s a new year, a new day, a new feature here at the Hall of Fame: the Thursday’s Three, where you’ll find three sites to check out on a particular topic. Most likely, the topic will be writing-related. But I’m not making any major promises here.

(If I’m being perfectly honest, I’m only adding this feature so that I can read this stuff myself. Because I have this other thing. I bookmark stuff I want to read, and then never actually, um, read it. On the other hand, I hang out here at the Hall of Fame all the time, making a nuisance of myself. Might as well do something constructive while I’m here.)

Three Links to Bang-up Blogging Stuff:

Problogger’s 13 Tutorials to Help You Grow Your Blog Readership Next Year

Retro Coolness’s Try Using Google Adsense to Help You Monetize Your Blog

Copyblogger’s The Best of Copyblogger 2009

Um, that’s pretty much all there is to Thursday’s Three. I’ve got a feeling it’ll help tremendously if we actually read this stuff.

Finding Something Friday on Cup of Comfort Competition and Connections

So, let’s say you have this GREAT story. A story that really happened, and maybe even changed your life. A story that grabs the heart strings and makes folks smile or gasp or take a hankie out. That’s a story that could win the Cup of Comfort Reader’s Choice Competition.

Finally, here’s an opportunity for that GREAT story that didn’t quite fit into any of the categories of Cup of Comfort books that were published (or to be published). Yes, there’s an entry fee. But there’s also some great prizes, including your story in the Cup of Comfort Reader’s Choice Edition. And best of all, people vote. (Okay, I realize that editors are people, too. But editors can be the teensiest bit picky. Whereas reader people are just looking for a GREAT story.)

So, write that GREAT story, join the C of C community, and submit by January 15th. Read more details here to improve your chances. And when your story is chosen and people get to vote, let me know. Because I’m reader people, and I’d love to smile, gasp, or yes, grab a tissue or two and vote for your story.

Oh, and you can tell everyone about your GREAT story when you sign up with Networked Blogs. It’s a Facebook application that allows you to network your blog all over the Facebook Kingdom. So, if you’re already the social type, chatting up friends and family on FB, sign up your blog and get the message out. ‘Cause you’re writing GREAT stories every day. Might as well share the wealth!