Totally Random and Curated #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsI had nothing waiting to share this week, so I decided to go random. I’m pretty sure I’m glad I did.

First, Random in its respectable aspect. Sometimes you want something truly random, such as when you draw winners for a contest., established in 1998, is my go-to site for that. But it’s more than that! It has a random password generator! You can use the site to find a random date and a random geographical location — STORY SEED, ANYONE?

Now, maybe you have some time to kill, or need to zone out. Maybe you need to engage but don’t know where to start. Try The Useless Web. One click takes you to a random and generally impractical site, like the Passive Aggressive Password Machine, or a 70s British guy playing air guitar.

One place it sent me was Sell Me Something Weird or Confusing. Trouble is, three of the first four sale pages it sent me to were for stuff I would actually buy. The yodeling pickle, not so much.

If you don’t care for that degree of random, try BuzzFeed’s list of 35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break. Some really nice ones there.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Visit six of those random websites and connect what you find into a story.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Totally Random and Curated #FridayRecommends

  1. Jay

    January 5, 2018 at 12:49pm

    There’s also a random card drawing generator out there that one of my Deal Me In participants shared a link to once. I usually just open up s9litaire on my iPad and pretend to stR5 a game and the leftmost card is my randomly generated one. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      January 6, 2018 at 5:26pm

      Cool! I just got a deck of cards and shuffled it. Every week, I’ll turn over a card and that’s the book/site I’ll go to.

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