We were pleasantly surprised by the immense positive response Project Serendipity has received so far on social media. So, I thought it would be fun to share how we came about the idea and inspiration for this endeavor.
It all started with a review I saw on Aila's blog. She had featured a five-star book in an incredibly creative rap review: a book discussion format I had never seen before. I was impressed by the idea and tweeted her saying just that. She replied that she loved compliments, and Alexandra and Ava quickly joined the conversation.
The mention of compliments randomly reminded me of a project I had in third grade. My teacher had us exchange compliments with every person in the class, and compile them into a rainbow-colored booklet. Then, whenever we felt like it, we could reference the booklet and read through the lovely compliments for cheer and confidence. After about six years now, I still have the booklet, and look through it on occasion.
I remembered the booklet, thought of the compliments, and knew something like this should be adapted to the blogosphere.
I told Aila, Alexandra, and Ava about the booklet, and we almost instantly pounced on the idea. We spent hours of planning and communication to bring the event together.
Our hope is that, once we send the compliments to recipients, they might wish to compile the own booklet, just as that I made previously, but of book community icons. That way, if the increasingly common blogging slump or other happening occurred, one would have the booklet of positive notes for encouragement.
If you are interested in participating in the first ever Project Serendipity, just fill out the form below!