Pay the toll of the person behind you.
Leave positive notes (à la Operation Beautiful) on public bathroom mirrors or people’s windshields.
Smile at a stranger, high-five a fellow runner, let the mom with threes kids go ahead of you in line.
Good Karma. On the Internets….
Paying it forward. Good karma. I’ve loved the idea of little acts of kindness, but for people who live online like yours truly, we need a solid list of nice things we can do for people around the world. Just because.
1. Donate to a blog. Ever see those sites that ask you to help them pay their hosting fees or buying project materials by giving a little PayPal love? Well, how many of you actually do that? Today, I want you to give a couple dollars to that blogger you adore. That, or click on an ad, use their Amazon affiliate link, whatever…
2. Give your readers something special. Contests are a great way to do this, but if you don’t have a sponsor or the money to do this, bake your readers some cupcakes or send your top commenters a postcard.
4. Any time someone mentions your or your site on their blog, share the post and don’t forget to leave a comment! While this is less a random act of kindness and more a way to thank people for mentioning you, it still bears repeating. Make an effort to comment on any blog that links to you (found through Google Alerts – get on that) to show you appreciate them. End of story.
5. Advertise someone on your site for free. Find a really great Kickstarter project you absolutely LOVE, but don’t have the money to support them? Feature the project on your latest post or create an ad to feature in your sidebar. Do this for charities, companies you love, blogs you read or anything else you want to spread the word about.
6. Send a handwritten thank you note to someone who’s really helped you – either through inspiration, leaving comments or mentorship.
7. Help someone with yard work. No, not real yardwork, this is online karma guys. But remember that post I wrote ages ago about people who saved my ass on Twitter? Pay it forward by doing the same. See someone bitching about their broken WP theme/grainy photo/overbaked cheesecake and you know how to fix it? Go forth and prosper.
What have you done or seen recently that’s been an awesome act of online karma? I only have seven ideas here and we need more! All your ideas will be featured here in the next couple of days…
UPDATE 8/27: Reader Ideas
Make Introductions – “I enjoy taking time out to email and tweet and say ‘Hi X, you should meet X because of X’ – I love seeing people who should get to know one another chatting away.” ~Sian Meades
Offer A Service – “If you offer a service, give it away for free to your most frequent comment-leaver, or a have a pay-what-you-can day,especially if your service is on the pricey-but-totally-worth-it side.” ~Kristin Offiler