Paying it Forward

It’s time to play a game my friends! I visited Idea Rodeo this afternoon (if you’re sick and tired of my introspective whining then Julie’s blog is just the thing – she is funny and wise and all about community activism) and was lucky enough to be one of the first three people to comment on her “pay it forward” post. You’re probably familiar with the idea. I love the way that Julie’s friend explained the concept and the rules, so I’m going to be lazy and just copy and paste from her blog:

The point of this is not to encourage a form of blog chain letter, but to create momentum on doing an act of kindness without expecting anything in return other than that the recipient will, in their turn, pass the kindness along and pay it forward.

I have agreed to send something nice to the first 3 bloggers who post a comment on this entry. I’m assuming that “something nice” can be a token of some sort that will make someone smile and hold some form of positive meaning. In turn, those “first three commenters” who respond to my post will honor the pay it forward concept to the first 3 people who post on their blog… and so on. Please note my little pay it forward needs to be mailed (it is a token, honest), I can only pay it forward within the United States. So if you’re interested in participating in this, be one of the first three to leave a comment. Please remember that if you agree to pay it forward, you need to post this acknowledgment on your blog, link to me, and pay it forward to three more people.

In this past week of economic disarray, political mean-spiritness and shifting priorities, I believe a reaching out to extend a friendly gesture is worthwhile. The world seems to be rocking on its foundation in so many ways, I hope little things like this can help.

I’m not sure yet what my little token to you will be, but I’m having lots of fun thinking of all the possibilities! I hope that you will come out and play..


~ by jenzai on September 27, 2008.

10 Responses to “Paying it Forward”

  1. Me, oh me, me me me! 😉 Can I play?


    Hurray! Of course you can play!

  2. Oh, wait, no…. I withdraw my entry. I completely forgot the rules of the game in my excitement to win! hahahahaha! I have no readership/commentary. Yet I will make an extra or beyond-the-norm move to extend myself to someone.


    Too late! You’re in! You can always pay it forward as the comments come in. I only have two takers so far myself…

  3. Oh, I’ve been watching this all day, anxious that you get three commenters right away and yet feeling too overwhelmed to commit to doing this — three family birthdays in the next two weeks and I just have to think about the undone laundry to find myself prone on my bed completely paralyzed and unable to do anything for anyone. And yet, it’s precisely that when I feel most shut down that I know that I ought to be reaching out, and besides, I remember to whom I am complaining! If you can find time to create and send tokens, SURELY I can do something. So, ok, I’m in. And Ms. Skwarepeg, you’re on your way to blog traffic, leaving comments on other people’s blogs and turning up in blogrolls.


    I can’t help but notice that the rules say nothing about when the token is to be sent. Don’t stress, I’m sure the tokens will all be sent out at precisely the times they are meant to be sent out. (At least that’s what I keep telling myself!) Thank you for playing! I wish I could comment on yours and Skwarepeg’s, but that might get a little ridiculous. I”m pretty sure I’ve already depleted my pool of commenters. (is “commenter” any relation to “dementor”? Say it/write it enough times and it starts sounding funny.)

  4. Off to comment on skwarepeg, hahaha! :fiendish grin:

  5. Oh and PS to jenzai–I need your snail mail addy, dear!

  6. Wait, where do I find skwarepeg? :o(

    WordPress is priggishly displeased with me: “Slow down, you are posting comments too quickly.”

  7. Oh bugger–I carefully counted to make sure I would be fourth–(DUH).

  8. Yeah, thanks for playing! You’re my only taker so far. I need to increase my blog readership! 🙂

  9. Forgot to say thanks for the Idea Rodeo plug!! I think your blog is rubbing off on me though (see my latest post)!

  10. […] made four of these little guys but only one other person volunteered to play. The idea is to pay it forward, but I don’t think the paying it forward part has to be done on a blog. Be creative! All you […]

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