Only The Good Friday


[Note: The Only The Good Friday meme is taking a vacation for the summer. That doesn't mean you can't post optimistic essays (I know that I still will be), but until next fall this meme is resting. Thanks for stopping to visit!]

Would you like to join us in spreading an “optimism virus” on the internet? Have I got a meme for you?!

What is it?: Only The Good Friday
When is it?: Every doggone Friday
What do you post?: Anything you want, as long as it’s “good”–meaning “not negative.”
How do I join? Write a post. Link back to the Only The Good Page for that date (so folks can find and join the meme).
NEW! I’ve recently added Mr. Linky to the bottom of each post. Be sure to sign it, so that other people will find you (because not everyone comes to this page.

Find the latest entry at the top of my Only The Good Fridays Archives.

Here’s the deal:
Back in October of 2008, I got fed up with seeing “bad news” everywhere I turned. I decided that one day a week, just for that day, I would put aside my tendency toward “snarkiness” and post only about good things. I wrote a post called Only The Good Fridays, and invited you to join me.

Here’s what I told you then, and it still applies:

What to post? Use your imagination! You can post a picture, or just tell us good news for the day. You can say one good thing about the political candidate you oppose (well, maybe not). You could post about a favorite charity … so we can get the opportunity to do good. You can share a joke or your Aunt Nelda’s kick butt recipe for Bacon Brownies.

The point of this little exercise is simply to look at the world in a different way. When we look for the good, we will see it. I promise it gets easier with practice. You might even find that you are feeling more optimistic on other days of the week!

Since that first day, I have posted every Friday but one. You can find the posts in my Only The Good Fridays Archives, and in the comments section for each post you will find links to other folks who have joined me.

I’m trying to get a blogroll together, so if you are linking to OTGF, please let me know! If you have a “category” for Only The Good Friday, give me a link to your category. That way, readers can see ALL of your OTGF posts ANY time they visit. My category link is:

Please tell me if I somehow missed you, and I’ll get you on this list. Thanks to all of you for playing along!

Come along and join me in spreading this “optimism virus.” You can write about anything that pleases you. I only ask that you the page for each Friday, so your readers can join as well.

Here is a folktale about Nasreddin Hodja that I have posted on the blog before. I think it perfectly sums up the Only The Good Friday theme:

The teacher, Nasreddin Hodja, sat beneath a tree outside of town instructing his pupils. As they talked, they heard a man coming down the road.

The traveler was fairly skipping along and whistling a happy tune, greeting the birds and squirrels as he passed them beside the road.

When the traveler saw Hodja and his students, he called out a warm greeting, “Hello friends! What a fine day it is! Can you tell me the kind of people I will find in the next town? The last town I visited was full of such wonderful people! Oh, they were so generous and kind. Is that how people are in the next village?”

Hodja smiled and said, “I think you will find what you expect.”

The man cheered and went on his way.

As Hodja continued to teach, they heard another traveler coming. This second traveler was cursing until the air turned blue. He kicked stones in his path, and picked them up to hurl at birds.

When this traveler saw Hodja, he called out, “You there! What are the people like in the next village? Those people in the last town were evil and rude! I’ve never seen such unkindness! Is that what this next village is like?”

Hodja nodded sadly and said, “I think you will find what you expect.”

“That’s what I thought,” the traveler snarled, as he went on his way.

A student said, “Hodja! Why did you lie to those two men? You told the first that the village had kind people and the second that the villagers were evil!”

“I didn’t lie. I said nothing of the kind,” smiled Hodja. “I told them both, ‘you will find what you expect.’”

With that, Hodja went on with the lesson of the day.


Kathy - Insightful Nana March 13, 2009 at 12:22 am

I’ve had lots of nice comments about my Only Good Friday posts. It’s beginning to catch on. Thanks, Shelly for thinking of this… It’s really a great idea for us to focus on the good and great at least once a week.

Thanks for being a part of it!

Susan Helene Gottfried March 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I had to join you this week, my friend. Hopefully I’ll become a regular at it; we need more good in the world.

Yeah, we do, and I’m glad you are going to help me talk about it :wink:

b May 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I simply love this idea…a good friday!. Here is a post that I think will fit. Choosing the right weather person is very important.


Brother Tim May 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Was led to this by Betmo. I’ve done a few ‘Only the Good’ Fridays posts, yet never linked to you. I have corrected that today.

Blog of Revelation

LuAnn May 16, 2009 at 6:39 am

TOO COOL! I have so been searching for a “Friday” meme!

b May 17, 2009 at 11:38 am

I just discovered that my blog address was not correct! Thank heavens for a technology test occasionally…I could be out wandering around alone and I would not want that to happen. This a reminder to cross the “t’s” and dot the “i’s”.


b May 17, 2009 at 11:43 am

Oh my goodness, now it is right. Looking at my own writing is not a good thing. I just don’t see the mistakes. This is probably right now. Last post was simply TGIF and a retirees take on that most wonderful of week days. Come on by….

LuAnn May 22, 2009 at 11:13 am

Got my first Only The Good Friday post up! Woohoo! :)

Andy June 3, 2009 at 5:01 am

Phew, just found you on ‘Beyond The Blog’ , here’s a little something I wrote for Cliff:
Goodbye No no

Tarot Mom July 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I just found this meme via Thorne’s blog. I love the idea! Every friday I do a “Weekly Housewife’s Report” and report back all the good work I have done in my home that week. I think this week’s report has some pretty positive things in it, along with a little TMI (men-beware!) so I’ve linked it up!! I’ll be back next friday fo’sho!

b September 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Retirement Life Style…just a wistful look at life after Friday!!!

Brother Tim September 18, 2009 at 5:23 am

Hi Shelly–
I haven’t always been as responsible as I should be about posting my ‘Only the Good Friday’, but I am trying. I am adding This Eclectic Life to my blogroll. Maybe seeing your site’s name will help keep me on track.

Blog of Revelation

Have a real Good Friday, Cher :)

#1Nana February 26, 2010 at 12:30 am

My resolution this year was to bask in the small moments of bliss and celebrate the simple pleasures that make life good. I started to blog to keep me focused on all that for which I am grateful (how’s that for an awkward sentence?) I’m now linking to Only the Good Friday’s and hoping that it will motivate me to be more regular in my postings. Find my postings at
Life is good…thanks for helping us all to remember.

Joy March 5, 2010 at 2:33 am

Today my contribution isn’t specifically good, but it is simply good tasting!

#1Nana March 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I’m in for this Friday at

This week I’m celebrating laughing with my grandchildren…there really is nothing better!

Joy March 12, 2010 at 1:47 am

Fragrance from yesterday wafted over onto today’s OTGF post.

PS Check your spam file. I commented on your courthouse post & (unthinkingly) gave some links I thought you’d like. Just call me the Dork from NY. Sorry about that, chief.

Joy March 19, 2010 at 1:32 am

Dork from NY, here. I’m not on your list, above, and am not sure what my category link is, but try this:
Let me know by email if that doesn’t work and I’ll ask my geek.
I am trying to link up to your site (Mr Linky), but I don’t see it; maybe I have to do it in the morning after your OTGF is posted. (I try to post in the early am before going to bed Thursday night.)

Shelly Kneupper Tucker March 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

If you post earlier than I do, then just give them my category link
I’m sorry I didn’t update this page for so long, but I think I have you on there now. :-)

#1Nana March 19, 2010 at 2:37 am

Here’s my post for this week:
I’m not on the list above either. HAve a great Friday!

Shelly Kneupper Tucker March 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I think I’ve got you now. The main thing is to be sure you sign the Mr. Linky on the post for the week. I think that’s where people will look for you.

b March 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm

An image from the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun in Tucson, AZ.


Shelly Kneupper Tucker March 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

What a beautiful picture it is, too! Hope your weekend is wonderful. Thanks for participating.

#1Nana March 26, 2010 at 1:59 am

If it’s Friday it must be good. Here’s the link to my post for the week

Shelly Kneupper Tucker March 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

Thanks, Nana. You are indeed #1 :wink:

#1Nana April 2, 2010 at 2:51 am

I’ve had several visitors to my blog since I started participating in Only the Good Friday. Thanks for helping me get started in the blog world. Have a great weekend.

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