Venues Collect and Share Stories for Myriad Purposes

Want to hear stories about Utah? Read inspiring sports stories? Is there a kind of story that can’t be shared on the Web? Hard to imagine there is when you see plentiful sites that specialize in every imaginable kind of story. Some offer very open and accessible channels for contributing; others are more selective and complex. Some share but don’t collect. Here’s something for almost everyone:

  • MyBestPetFriendForever each week features a heartwarming pet story, unique pet relationship, or helpful resource is shared with our pet lover community through a “Sharing with Sydney” video and posted article. MyBestPetFriendForever is part of the larger Celebrations of Life site that helps “individuals and families celebrate their extraordinary lives through: Life stories, Ethical wills, and Meaningful family legacies.”
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  • The Personality Project is a group blog to “explore why personality matters by inviting 100 top minds from business, best selling authors, popular artists, recognized academics, and global brand builders to talk about the role personality has had in their success. A mix of artwork, stories and interviews, the project is inspired by the theme of the popular new book Personality Not Included by Rohit Bhargava which focuses on helping companies and entrepreneurs to use their personality to make their product or service stand out.” And ancillary part of the project is a free e-book, Women of Personality: 20 Inspiring Stories of Success.
  • provides an internet platform where Villages get effective and trusted assistance from online volunteers (Neighbours). The storytelling aspect of the site is explained here.
  • Storyplanet asks the question: storyplanetQ.jpg Storyplanet “is designed to be used by individuals like photographers, journalists, artists, activists and others how believe in changing the world through intelligent storytelling. But our Storyplanet can perfectly well be used by organizations and businesses also. We believe that creating great enterprise products starts with creating software and services that excite individuals.”
  • Sports Feel Good Stories collects and shares “inspirational sport stories that make you feel good” … “from little leagues to professional teams.”
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  • AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose — since the site was first launched in 1999 — is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites. … AwesomeStories is about primary sources. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront — not the opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site’s users to places where those primary sources are located.
  • “Sometimes a story is so interesting, so outlandish, or just so plain entertaining that people need to retell it,” says “Will” of Secondhand Storytime. “In these cases, the story will start to take on a life of its own as it’s passed along by people who had little to no involvement in the actual events being recounted. Here I aim to collect some of these in the form of a weekly podcast.”
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  • Background Stories “is a concept of visual communication on the back stories of products developed by Arlene Birt . Background Stories is a visual system that engages consumers — sharing in a visceral way the back stories about the food we eat. This one-of-a-kind system promotes corporate transparency and more sustainable purchasing behavior, allowing organizations to communicate their social and environmental objectives and progress to their consumers.”
  • Mobi-Blog enables European mobile students to tell their story and read about others’ experiences during their exchange program. The collection of stories of students’ experiences tell about the great time they had, and what they got up to, as well as helping in the case of any difficulties.
  • Utah Storytelling offers 13 audio storytelling sessions ranging from stories about work, family history and immigration to deer hunting.
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  • MakesMeThink “is an online community where people share daily life stories that provoke deep thought and inspire positive change.”
  • Once Upon a School (mentioned on A Storied Career before) collects and tells “stories about how all kinds of people — from celebrities to retired journalists — are doing their part to improve their local schools.”
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  • Story of My Life claims to be “the world’s largest online Story collection of the most extraordinary people — you, your parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren.”

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