Do you love reading a good story? Do you have any good stories yourself that you’d like to share with the world? Cowbird.com is an online multimedia storytelling platform and storytelling community, where you can read and share great stories. According to Cowbird:
Cowbird is a simple tool for telling stories, and a public library of human experience. We are a small community of storytellers, sharing heartfelt, personal stories. You can use Cowbird to keep a diary of your life, and to help us document the major sagas taking place in the world. You can also explore the many beautiful stories in the library using a number of novel browsing techniques.
Cowbird stories incorporate elements of multimedia, technology, and traditional storytelling, including: text, photos, sound, subtitles, roles, relationships, maps, tags, timelines, dedications, and characters. Stories can be made either public or private. Cowbird also has a blog.
Are you always on the lookout for great deals online? Do you like playing online games? Do wish online deal and coupon websites gave you more choices? Zookt.com is a new kind of online deal website where you chose a product that you want a great deal on, and then play an online game against another deal seeker to win your deal. According to Zookt:
Zookt is a revolutionary one of a kind gaming and shopping platform where Shopping and Gaming converge to give you access to great product deals while playing your favorite game. Zookt turns plain shopping into a memorable entertaining experience. Our team strives to give you, your friends and family a great and rewarding online experience.
There are currently three games, Bingo, Hearts, and Random Color, with more coming soon. If you’re not quite ready to play for a deal with a live person you can also play for free to win Zooks (which can be used later when playing for deals) or you can play practice games against a computer.
Today’s Website of the Day was suggested by Amanda. Thanks Amanda! We are always on the lookout for great new sites to feature, so if you have a favorite website or if you run a website click the submit button and tell us about it.
Does it seem like everything you buy is over-packaged creating a lot of garbage? Would you like to reduce the amount of garbage you produce and handle the remaining waste more responsibly, but aren’t sure where to start? NatureBridge.org/Garbology is a website with a fun interactive game and more, that can help you learn all about garbage, how to handle it, and how to reduce it. According to MyGarbology:
Garbology is the study of what we do with our waste. All the things we throw away each day—where do they end up? Many of us know that we can reuse, recycle, and compost to help keep waste out of landfills, but how do you know what goes where? Why is it important to reduce the waste we put in landfills? All of this and more is Garbology… At MyGarbology, you’ll find an interactive online game that teaches about Garbology and answers the question, “Where should my waste go?”
In addition to the interactive game, MyGarbology also has lessons and activities to help you learn more about garbology, such as how to pack a waste-less lunch, composting, and more. There is also a Trash Talk blog.
Have you had a lot of little things go right recently? Would you like to tell the world about it? Or perhaps things haven’t been going so well and you could use a little cheering up? MyLifeIsG.com is a website where you can read and post short stories of life’s little wins and victories. According to MyLifeIsG:
MyLifeIsG is a place to share the small victories in life. We believe that life is not as bleak as some sites make it out to be. So be brave, share your story, share a smile. Anyone can submit a story, because everyone scores the occasional win in life -even if it is just a small win.
You can browse: Recently Published, Best Today, Best This Week, Best This Month, and Best This Year. In addition to submitting your own stories you can vote on other submitted stories to help decide what makes the front page.
Does it seem like the most of the modern cars you see all look the same? Do you love cars that have more character like vintage cars and hot rods? JalopyJournal.com is a blog that is all about old cars, custom cars, and hot rods. According to The Jalopy Journal:
The Jalopy Journal was formed just a few years later to spread the gospel of traditional Hot Rods and Kustoms to hoodlums worldwide… We wanted to be the voice of the working man, a tool in the toolbox of the guy that does it himself, and a place where citizen journalists could show the “big-time” media a thing or two. We haven’t done it all yet, but we aim to in time…
Categories include: FEATURE ARTICLES, HOT RODS, CUSTOMS, TECHNICAL, EVENT COVERAGE, ART & INSPIRATION, FOLKS OF INTEREST, HISTORY, and MOTION PICTURES. The Jalopy Journal also includes discussion forums, an events calendar, and more.
Do you love playing games? Do you love taking pictures? Do you wish real life was more like a game? Onefeat.com is a website and mobile app that turns real life into a game where you complete missions by taking pictures to earn points and level up. According to Onefeat:
Onefeat is a game where people complete missions by taking pictures. Select a mission from the thousands available or create one you want the whole world to achieve. Take the greatest photo ever to complete the mission. The more people like your feat, the more points you earn! Compete with the world, build your own destiny and get to the next level.
Mission categories include: Smallfeats, Explorer, Sports, Jackass, Goodlife, Cook, Artist, Myself, Party, Social, Cause, Work, Culture, Geek, Style, Family, and Lover. After reaching level 10 you can create new missions for others. There is a mobile version, and apps for Android and iPhone. Onefeat also has a blog.
Do you love old historic photographs? Are you curious about what your neighborhood looked like fifty or a hundred years ago? Would you like to compare what the town you grew up in looked like then with what it looks like now? WhatWasThere.com is an online project that you can both browse and contribute to, that combines historic photos with Google Maps, allowing you to view historic photos by location and compare them with the current Google Street View. According to WhatWasThere:
The WhatWasThere project was inspired by the realization that we could leverage technology and the connections it facilitates to provide a new human experience of time and space – a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past. The premise is simple: provide a platform where anyone can easily upload a photograph with two straightforward tags to provide context: Location and Year. If enough people upload enough photographs in enough places, together we will weave together a photographic history of the world (or at least any place covered by Google Maps). So wherever you are in the world, take a moment to upload a photograph and contribute to history!
WhatWasThere has an app for iPhone.
Are you fascinated by things of the past and the English language? Are you curious about old forgotten English words that are no longer used? DeadWords.info is a blog that posts definitions, examples, and illustrations of English words that are no longer apart of the language. According to The Dead Words:
For over centuries, thousands of English words have been created, modified, and removed. Through this blog of lettering, we rediscover and interpret stories of dead words. All letterings in here are words that were once used in our language. Today, most of them are omitted from common English dictionaries. This may be the last chance for us to learn and commemorate the words before they are truly dead and forgotten.
Words can be browsed in the order posted or alphabetically. If you’re interested in providing the illustrated lettering for a word you can contact The Dead Words through email.
Would you like to keep up with the latest news happening in your neighborhood? Perhaps you’d like to post something yourself about your neighborhood from time to time, but don’t want to start your own blog? Neighborhoodr.com is a series of neighborhood blogs covering cities from all over the world that anyone can make blog posts to. According to Neighborhoodr:
Neighborhoodr is a local neighborhood blog network where anyone can quickly and easily post about what’s happening in their neighborhood without having to log in or register… Being a Neighborhoodr editor is easy: you can republish whatever you’d like about your neighborhood from your own blog, or you can reblog or link out to your favorite local news outlets. We only ask that you please be mindful of the the people following the blog by spreading out posts using the queue and keeping the conversation on topic. There’s no commitment, and usually there are multiple editors per neighborhood to keep content fresh and colorful.
Do you love televised talent contests like American Idol? Do you think they would be better if they had a bigger social aspect to them? Do you think you have what it takes to compete in a talent contest? Fame.Me is a website that hosts a variety of online talent contests to help talented everyday people get discovered, with Facebook sharing for a more social experience. According to FameMe:
FameMe is a place for online talent contests that help everyday people get discovered… At FameMe, we believe there is a staggering amount of undiscovered talent in the world. Somewhere, buried on unheard of blogs or in the bowels of YouTube are amazing people – with tiny view counts – waiting to be found. They can sing, they can dance, they can yo-yo, whatever the skill – the rest of us want to watch you. We constantly find ourselves frustrated watching popular talent shows on TV – screaming back at the screen when no one is listening. There must be a better way! We want to build a world-stage, where viewers can come to be entertained, talent can find their way to an audience and the really good people can get discovered. A place where fans can interact in real-time with the talent like never before.
You can browse Current Contests, Past Contests, Upcoming Contests, and the Hall of FameMe. You can also sign up for email notifications for future contests.
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