One of my all time favourite quotes is from Roald Dahl; it sums up how I aim to treat people, and how important kindness should be.
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
On that note, the third challenge of #TheBlogRace is all about spreading some kindness, and so I just had to share some of my favourite ways to sprinkle a bit of kindness confetti around the internet…
If you don’t have anything nice to say… then don’t tweet it. This is so so important. For me, blogging is something I turn to when I want to really enjoy my down-time, and so I don’t think it’s necessary to always be spiteful to other people. I think treating people how you yourself want to be treated goes a long way and make sure everyone treats each other with some much needed kindness. I think this is an important life skill for pretty much everyone, but if you see someone pouring their heart out on their blog, don’t tear them down. It doesn’t make your own achievements shine any brighter; spread kindness out into your corner of the internet.
Comment. Comment on everything! If you love a blogger and love their content, showing a little kindness towards them and making sure they know you love their content is so important. Leaving a comment on their latest post doesn’t cost anything, but I bet it would make their day to receive a heartfelt compliment. I read every comment, tweet, Instagram comment and email and I appreciate every single one.
Don’t be stingy with the likes. Double-tap every Instagram shot. RT a post link that you liked. Share someone’s status. Like all their posts on Bloglovin’. Basically, throw your online likes around like confetti and share the love as much as you can.
Give back to bloggers who need your help. Lovely Shona is fundraising for a new powerchair which would allow her to continue living her life with independence. She has a genetic condition called Marfan Syndrome, and is raising awareness for it as well. Sharing the link or giving even £5 towards a blogger who needs our help is something we can all do. You can donate here!
You can also support bloggers with their independent businesses, because we are all creatives trying hard to make it big! There are stationery companies like Paper Chic Plans here and art shops like Jemma’s etsy shop here. If you really like a blogger (and you can afford it), then giving back to their business will always be greatly appreciated. There’s also Tara who runs social for bloggers, and Kaye who is an amazing photographer. A lot of my blogging friends have a side hustle and even supporting them with a RT will definitely be a help.
Pay kindness forwards. If someone has been particularly nice to you, then do the same back! Say someone has helped you out with a quick favour or given you some blogging tips, then return the favour. If everyone was kind, and then everyone else was kind back in return the whole community would be drama-free and everyone would feel a lot happier!
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