Returning Soon – The Weekly Smile! #weeklysmile


A few weeks ago I mentioned bringing back The Weekly Smile.  The response was very good, so I think I’ll do it.  There are blogging events almost every day of the week, so I decided that this time I will set it up for Monday with the post going up around 8 AM EST, give or take an hour or two.  We all need a smile on Monday, don’t we?  I’m also going to do just one smile a week (doing two was part of the reason I burned out last time).  I am not going to use the LinkedIn “linkey” this time, but will collect all of the Smiles left in the comments of the week’s post and do a recap post on Monday shortly before doing the next week’s Smile.

I am planning on starting this up on Monday October 15.


(Here is the description of the Weekly Smile and the rules, slightly amended from last time)

A couple of years ago a friend asked on Face Book for people to be a little more civil, to stop being jerks. She said that she had had enough of negativity and hate. This friend is a photographer with the rare ability to see beauty in almost anything and share that beauty with the world. Yes, her photos of jumping spiders are beautiful! I was moved to write as a comment:

“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”

Thus started my “A Smile a Day” campaign. “A Smile a Day” had to come to an end, but I decided to replace it with something better, “The Weekly Smile”, a shared blogging event that anyone can join.

You can join!

What made you smile in the last week? A photo? A kind word from a friend or stranger? A random act of kindness witnessed in life or on the news? Seeing a small baby or talking to an elderly parent or grandparent?  A joke? A song? Taking a walk? Going skiing? There had to be something. It could be small or Earth shattering. It might be a private word or a very public action. Say in a few words what made you smile. Or post a photo or a video or a link.

The whole idea, the one and only reason reason for this weekly event, is to counterbalance, even if to some small degree, all of the hate and negativity in the world today. With that in mind, there are a few rules I’d like you to follow if you want to join in. They are more guidelines than actual rules, but please keep these in mind.

  1. Don’t make your smile about something mean or hateful. Keep negativity out of it.
  2. Don’t make your smile discriminate against anyone for race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual preference, primary language, disability, illness, etc. You know the routine.
  3. Try to keep violence out of it. If some selfless hero helps some people during a time of violence, sure, use that. If a family member received an honor for a wartime action, OK. Celebrating a person is fine, just don’t glorify the actual violence.
  4. Keep politics out of it. Your uncle won an election? That’s something to smile about! You met a high profile politician? Sure, that is too. You want to have a political rant? Please do it elsewhere.
  5. Careful with religion. You might smile about a religious service or something else that had a deep meaning to you, but don’t condemn other people’s religion or try to convert everyone. Keep it your personal experience.
  6. Most people reading are adults. We can handle most of what you want to write. But please, if you wouldn’t want your 12 year old son or daughter reading it, you might not want to post it. Try for PG-13 instead of XXX.

As I said, these are guidelines. Unless there is a very bad “violation”, particularly of the first two “rules”, I won’t remove links or give you demerit or anything.

I plan on doing a Weekly Smile post on Mondays, but you can post at anytime.  The way you join is by doing a “pingback” to the current week’s Weekly Smile post or leaving a comment with the URL to your smile.  If it grows to big, I will start doing a linkup again. Each week I will post a quick recap that has links to all of the Smiles people linked on the current week’s Weekly Smile post.

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags.  I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013.  It hasn’t been used since.  So it’s ours!  I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top.  It is the official graphic for the event.

I hope to see your smile this week!


19 thoughts on “Returning Soon – The Weekly Smile! #weeklysmile

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Well, these are more smiles than laughs, but… I did a search and so watched a few SNL clips. The opening with Matt Damon as Kavanaugh. Uhm, did they make any changes to the way it really happened? A big laugh out of it, though may break my politics rule…


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  2. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Trent, I’m too new to blogging to credibly welcome this back, but it seems like a wonderful, uplifting idea and I’d like to follow it and maybe even contribute. I’m not clear on how to contribute though. Is “Pingback” a term of art in this context? If yes, I don’t know how to do this and will do some study. It looks like I can also just leave a comment & URL left here.

    Back in June (2018), I was reminded of what a team of tech support folks did when a team member found herself in a life-threatening situation. It proved to be such a heart warmer that I decided to write it up using the 10 minute read format that I use for all the essays in my collection and it became one of my most popular items in the 10 months of my blogging history.

    I don’t recall if you’ve read it, but offer it here for your consideration. I think it more than meets the great rules you laid out and to-date, has a great track record of encouragement for my readers.

    Regardless of whether you use it or not, this seems to be a great idea and I look forward to seeing it.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Gary. A “pingback” would be having a link back to the original post I put up for the week. Some place in the post you would write something like “This was written for this week’s Weekly Smile” and have the words “Weekly Smile” linked back to the original post for the week. Before I put up a new post for the week, I would put up a post with links to all of the posts that either had links to my original post, or left links in the comments.

      That is a great post and the type of thing you could do, though of course it could be something much smaller. That being said, this is kind of like the coffee share, so it should be a new post written for this “challenge” with a new one each week that talks about one thing, big or small, that you smiled over the previous week.

      Anyway, the “official” start of the new, and I hope improved, Weekly Smile will be on Monday, October 15. I will put up a post, most likely named “The Weekly Smile – Week of October 15”. It will say something like, “This week I smiled about…” whatever. All of the “Smiles” for that week will be commented there. On October 22 I will put up a post with links to everyone’s posts, “The Weekly Smile Recap for the Week of October 15”. A little later that day I will start a gain with a new post, “The Weekly Smile – Week of Oct. 22”. For that week people will link there. Etc.

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      1. Gary A Wilson

        Excellent explanation Trent. I appreciate the time you just gave me and now I understand much better. Since I’ve always started my Coffee Shares with links back to Alli’s collection each week – it looks like I’ve been doing pingbacks all along without knowing it by that name. I’ll try to add some quality to your effort on this. Regards,

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