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BIP Week #20 Wrap-Up: Doing Random Acts of Kindness

2009bip-150x210Part of BIP Week #20 was to leave suggestions about how to do Random Acts of Kindness around the blogosphere. I promised to do a wrap-up post of some of the best ideas, so here it is. Be inspired to be kind!

Bloggers Acts of Kindness

Anastasia (Bird Brain(ed) Book Blog) suggested “If someone links to one of your reviews, you should edit your post to link to their review in return. It seems kinda obvious, but I think it’s a nice gesture.”

Jeanne (Necromancy Never Pays) suggested a couple of great ideas:

What about leaving a comment on as many blogs as you can read during the week just telling the blogger that you’re there? Everyone loves de-lurkers.

And what about leaving your favorite bloggers a comment telling them what you like best about their blog and hope they’ll continue doing?

Kathy (Bermudaonion’s Weblog) made some suggestions I hadn’t thought of yet:

  • Stumble posts that I think are particularly good.
  • Leave comments, especially on new blogs.
  • Link to other blogs when appropriate.
  • Pass on books to other bloggers.
  • Purchase through other bloggers links when I do buy on line (which isn’t very often).

Louise (Lous_Pages) did some recent posts highlighting bloggers she found interesting or posts that were especially unique. Head over to her blog to look at some of the others.

Blinkingmouse (@blinkingmouse) used the idea of individual #followfridays to highlight some of her favorite bloggers. If you click the link to her Twitter feed you can see who was mentioned — I thought this was awesome!

If I missed anyone, please please please let me know! I’m doing this late and I feel like I might have forgotten someone… I just can’t remember who!

Future Kindness Ideas

I’m still not sure if I’m going to continue the BIP next year, but this is one topic I really love. Random Acts of Kindness Week was always a big deal at my old campus — students groups would offer free things for people to mail to each other and we generally had a good time with it.

If I organized a Random Acts of Kindness Week activity or challenge in February (when Random Acts of Kindness Week actually happens), would people be interested in participating?

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  • Kathy November 14, 2009, 7:52 am

    I love the idea of a Random Acts of Kindness week! It would be great if kindness would become habit for all of us.

  • Becker November 14, 2009, 8:04 am

    As a new blogger, I’ve appreciated all of your BIP posts, and love the idea of Random Acts of Blogging Kindness! There can never be too much kindness in the world!

  • Nicole November 14, 2009, 9:09 am

    I’m sure that would go over very well, and maybe even get people into the habit of doing these things on a regular basis.

    • Kim November 15, 2009, 4:31 pm

      Nicole: Yeah, that was the bigger idea of the kindness task — to get people thinking about things they can do on a regular basis that are easy and kind. Hopefully it was a little inspiring 🙂

  • christine(booktumbling) November 14, 2009, 4:41 pm

    These are some fantastic ideas! I bet you would have a great turn out for a week of being kind!

  • Jodie November 14, 2009, 6:17 pm

    That’s a big yes from me! I think this was my favourite BIP task so far. A really good idea would be to have bloggers google five books they recently reviewed and link to five blogger review results at the bottom of their reviews (I always mean to do this, but usually I just link to reviews that I find among my feedreader group).

    • Kim November 15, 2009, 4:33 pm

      Jodie: Very cool, I’m glad this was a favorite task! I love the idea of linking to other blogger reviews. It’s a nice thing to do, and it keeps up the idea of blogs as a conversation by inviting people to look at other reviews rather than just your own. That would be a nice “acts of kindness” idea if I do a whole week of it.

  • Jackie (Farm Lane Books) November 15, 2009, 8:25 am

    I’d join your Random Acts of Kindness event too! ! I thought this was a great idea, but I don’t think we should limit it to a week – I try to do small random acts of kindness each day.

  • Louise November 15, 2009, 10:30 am

    I think a Random Acts of Kindness Week in the blogosphere would be a GREAT thing and I am positive I would join!

  • Jeanne November 17, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Yes, February is a month where we all need more kindness!