Seems to me we need more kindness in the world, don’t you agree? To do my part, I’m starting a “Pay Kindness Forward” initiative for bloggers.
Some people have chosen a word for the year, others have set resolutions, but I’ve not done either. Instead, I’m working with a concept that involves spreading kindness in 2015 and I saw idea on Facebook that I want to riff on.
My dog, Riley, will pick five people who comment on this post today—those lucky five will receive a surprise from me at some point during calendar year 2015. It could be anything: a postcard, a book, home-made something–that’s why it’s called a “surprise!” You’ll get no warning–I’ll send your kindness package when the mood hits me and I’ll try to pick something I know you’ll appreciate. So if I we’re not friends yet on social media, make sure we are at least on Facebook so I can learn more about you!
Here’s the catch:
Those five people chosen? They must make the same offer on THEIR blog and share on social media. If you don’t have a blog, you can use your Facebook account, G+ and/or Twitter.
Tomorrow, when Riley picks the five Pay Kindness Forward recipients, I will send this post to them privately (so please be sure I have your email address and please wait until the five are chosen) so that you can do the same. I’ll also come back to this post and announce them here.
This is an effort to do sweet and loving things in the new year for no reason other than to make each other smile and show that we’re thinking of each other. Let’s spread some kindness, shall we?
Want to play? I hope so! So here’s how you participate
1. Comment below.
2. Make sure the comment has your email address or that I have a way to connect with you. VERY IMPORTANT! One giveaway winner last year left me no way to tell her!
3. Wait for me to announce winners tomorrow to everyone who entered.
4. I’ll send winners the text to this message so they can copy and paste.
5. Open only to North American addresses, sorry.
How winners are chosen: Riley chooses by number. I assign each commenter a number and then group the numbers. I put a treat by each group and let him loose. The first treat he goes to is the group that will have the winner. I then narrow it down from there, with Riley picking each time until finally, he picks the winning number. I’ll do five rounds, so there’s equal chance for everyone. It works like a charm.
Waiting to pounce on winning groups!
UPDATE ON JANUARY 7: Riley has chosen six winners from 18 entrants. It was easier to have him pick a group of six (from 3 groups in chronological order). I’ll post the video of his choosing process on my Facebook page later today, but I simply went down the list and the first six were in Group 1, next six in Group 2, etc. I laid out the Groups in reverse order and he picked group one: Kay Lou, Karen Austin, Pat Urban, Rena McDonald, Joan and Kathy Smart! I’ll email you soon, but remember that you now must make a similar offer on your blog or social media account. The usual number is five winners, it was just easier for me to do six. So one day this year you’ll get a little surprise of some kind from me and Riley! Thanks for joining in!