Wednesday, December 5

Sharing Acts Of Kindness: Bloggers Unite

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” — Mark Twain

There is something to be said for this often cited quote from Mark Twain, which is why there is something to be said about the newest Bloggers Unite challenge led by BlogCatalog members. On Dec. 17, bloggers will share stories about varied generous acts of kindness that they performed in the days and weeks leading up to the event, many of which are occurring around the world right now.

It doesn’t really matter if these “acts of kindness” are simple, smart, quirky, silly, serious, or something in between. Individually and collectively, they mean something; at least they do to me, and I hope to you too.

You see, a single act of kindness or doing the right thing, whether great or small, always takes less effort and produces greater results than struggling to be right as some people often do. As one of my favorite stories illustrates …

A myriad of bubbles were floating on the surface of a stream. “What are you?” I cried to them they drifted by.

“I am bubble of course” nearly a myriad bubbles answer, and there was surprise and indignation in their voices.

But, here and there, a lonely bubble answered, “We are this stream,” and there was neither surprise nor indignation in their voices, just quiet certitude. — Wei Wu Wei


Sure, most people are content to fight to be right and place their mark on the map of social media with as much indignity as they can muster. There’s nothing really wrong with that, except it is equally worthwhile to remember that compassion is effortless.

For the last few days, some bloggers have taken the day off to sign on to Bloggers Unite, with each act of kindness to be shared in a post, photo, or video on Dec. 17, adding value to the world online and off.

For our part, we’ll be adding our own story to the stream this Dec. 17 and have joined with BlogCatalog to assist in judging hundreds of submissions. More than 20 bloggers receiving prizes and recognition for their work. We'll also profile the top three submissions in each subcategory — post, photo, and video — beginning in Jan. 08.

See? Effortless. For details, visit the Bloggers Unite mini-site. Or, just do something nice today — even an unexpected compliment might go a long way.

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3 comments:

Valeria Maltoni on 12/5/07, 4:29 PM said...

I know I can alway count on you for an act of sanity ;-) One idea I had was to donate a post to a blogger in need of coverage. Sort of like putting the quarter in the almost expiring meter. No drama, no asking, just offering it.

Had I not been so slammed with work I would have already done one of those. I noticed that Mike Sansone at ConverStations did not have fresh posts for several days. In this case the thought is nice, yet I feel I missed a good opportunity.

Something I do on a regular basis is to offer story ideas to bloggers who cover that beat, so to speak, and resources.

Rich on 12/6/07, 6:59 AM said...

Valeria,

While many of the bloggers are performing acts of kindness offline, I think donating a post is nice idea. You still have time. The day to share an act of kindness is Dec. 17, which is still eleven days away.

Sharing story ideas with bloggers is always great too. I know I've gotten a few leads now and again. :)

All my best,
Rich

Jericho Saved on 12/6/07, 8:45 AM said...

I love that idea! Donating a post. Very original.

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