Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness

You are invited to be involved in a world wide blogging project- Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness (RABK). This is a project that I am very excited about (I cannot even begin to tell you how much!) and it is something everyone can get involved in too (that's you as well non-bloggers!).



One day last year my church ran an outreach project called 'Love The House' where groups of people got together to bless a member of the church who was struggling or in need- cleaning houses, gardening, baking and the like. I was one of the many who were blessed by that day. Young people willingly and lovingly gave up their Saturday to spend it with me. I enjoyed the day with some much needed great company, a little shopping and a great lunch. At the end of the day I was blessed with a gift card to spend at one of my favourite stores and from that day onwards all I could think about is how much that day helped me and how much I wanted to continue to help and encourage others in a similar way, not just in my church but world wide. I felt cared for, appreciated, loved, and encouraged. Without sounding materialistic, the act of someone simply giving me a gift card as a 'random act of kindness' bought some much needed joy into my life (I'm a shopaholic!) and I want to spread that joy to others. While it may not be possible for churches to run such an event more than one day a year, I didn't want it to stop at just one day. There are people hurting and I want to spread the hope that I have found. And so I began praying. Really praying. I didn't know how I was going to help or what to do but I felt stirred in my spirit to do something. In the midst of my desperate prayer it suddenly came to me and 'Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness' was born.

Being chronically ill and housebound most days myself, I know what it is like to experience discouragement. I also know what it is like to receive encouragement from the most unlikely of places and I am so passionate about making a difference in the lives of not only those around me but encouraging the chronically ill world wide and empowering others to do so also.


" I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I can't do interfere with what I can do."- Everett Hale



What is Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness?

Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness (RABK) is a project that seeks to bless and encourage those living with a chronic illness who wholeheartedly blog with a passion to raise awareness, who write about their own struggles so that they may help and encourage others in chronic pain. For those who research and share helpful information and insight, and who generally blog to make a difference in the lives of so many. RABK relies upon the generosity of people like you donating to help encourage and bless a chronic pain blogger financially so that they may be able to afford something they would really like to buy for themselves that they normally would not indulge in.

Blogging about chronic pain and illness is such a brave thing to do and RABK is a project that seeks to acknowledge this and is a way of showing our thank you and appreciation to those bloggers who are writing their hearts out with such passion, honesty and courage.

Each month a chronic pain blogger who I have been in contact with and deem deserving of being a RABK recipient will be chosen by myself, and the donations from that month will go to blessing that person in the form of money, gift vouchers and the like. Be it money for a special dinner out, movie tickets, a day at the day spa, a new camera, a new phone- what we can give depends upon the generous donations from people like you. Each month a detailed blog post will be published on the chosen blogger/recipient informing donaters of who their donations have helped, and how that person has been blessed as a result.

RABK will run regardless of donations, however, without donations it will not run monthly. If you would like to, you are more than welcome to donate. There is more than just one way to get involved....




How can YOU get involved in Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness?

RABK is an amazing project that anyone can get involved in, both bloggers and non bloggers. You can donate via the Paypal button which is located on the right sidebar of this blog. You are welcome to make a one off donation but I am also looking for people, sponsors, companies and organizations who wish to commit to this project long term who are willing to donate monthly. Those who wish to donate monthly will have their name/logo/link featured in a sponsor section.

Bloggers

1. Donate: be it $5, or $10- every little bit helps!

2. Blog: if you can't afford to donate and would like to get involved write a blog post about it and link back to this site!

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'Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness' (RABK) is an amazing project anyone can get involved in, both bloggers and non bloggers. RABK is a project that seeks to bless and encourage those living with a chronic illness who wholeheartedly blog with a passion to raise awareness, who write about their own struggles so that they may help and encourage others in chronic pain. For those who research and share helpful information and insight, and who generally blog to make a difference in the lives of so many. RABK relies upon the generosity of people like you donating to help encourage and bless a chronic pain blogger financially so that they may be able to afford something they would really like to buy for themselves that they normally would not indulge in. Be it money for a special dinner out, movie tickets, a day at the day spa, a new camera, a new phone- what we can give depends upon the generous donations from people like you.

Blogging about chronic pain and illness is such a brave thing to do and RABK is a project that seeks to acknowledge this and is a way of showing our thank you and appreciation to those bloggers who are writing their hearts out with such passion, honesty and courage.

Each month a detailed blog post will be published on the chosen blogger/recipient informing donaters of who their donations have helped, and how that person has been blessed as a result.

For more information and to get involved/donate check out www.chronicallycreative.net

I encourage you to reach out and spread hope and compassion to the hurting by getting involved in this project in any way you can. Your help, involvement and donations are greatly appreciated. Let's make a difference in the lives of those with chronic illness by blessing and encouraging them! Your kind and generous donation may mean that instead of spending a whole day in tears, they spent a whole day smiling- because of you.

3. Grab the RABK badge! This is locate in the right sidebar of this blog. Copy and paste the code into a html widget to display the badge on your blog

4. Twitter: tweet about it! Example: Follow @ChronicCreativ and get involved in Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness http://bit.ly/g0fXxt

5. Facebook: share it on your fan pages and in your news feed and/or display the RABK logo as your profile picture (just right click on the RABK logo above and save it in your pictures to use- I give you permission!). Be sure to join the facebook page too!

Non Bloggers

1. Donate: be it $5, or $10- every little bit helps!

2. Tell your friends and family about it

3. Twitter: tweet about it. Example: Follow @ChronicCreativ and get involved in Random Acts Of Blogging Kindness http://bit.ly/g0fXxt

4. Facebook: share it in your news feed and/or display the RABK logo as your profile picture (just right click on the RABK logo above and save it in your pictures to use- I give you permission!). Be sure to join the facebook page too!



By getting involved in this project, you are also helping and encouraging me. It makes the bad pain and fatigue days a little better and it makes my day so much brighter knowing that I have encouraged someone else. When I know that I can help someone going through a similar situation it brings me joy in knowing that my pain has a purpose. I encourage you to reach out and spread hope and compassion to the hurting by getting involved in this project in any way you can. Your help, involvement and donations are greatly appreciated. Let's make a difference in the lives of those with chronic illness by blessing and encouraging them! Your kind and generous donation may mean that instead of spending a whole day in tears, they spent a whole day smiling- because of you.




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4 comments:

phylor said...

What a wonderful idea! I think you have started something good which will benefit a lot of people.
I have been to your facebook page, "liked" it, and will follow your progress.
Wishing you all the best in this endeavour!

Emily Ruth said...

Thanks so much for your support! I'm glad someone appreciates it. I think this will take a long time to get going properly. I'm putting everything into this so I hope it will turn out okay- I really want it to work!

aftergadget said...

Emily,
This is a terrific idea.
I found you through Chronic Babe.
Is there a post somewhere that tells which bloggers you've blessed in the past? And do you announce who the blogger will be for the RABK each month?
Or is this just getting off the ground now?
Thanks!

Emily Ruth said...

Thanks! This project is just getting started and officially kicks off this month. I am yet to announce the first recipient who will be announced this week hopefully, but yes I will put a link up of all the bloggers who have been blessed by this project.

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