Introducing Kind Speech Badges

Built on top of the Kind Speech API, badges are an easy way for anyone to share some kind words online. They are simple, discrete, customizable, and will display an ever-changing kind message where you place them:

They were inspired by GitHub, where developers use badges to display dynamic information in a context where they can only provide static documentation (in Markdown).

These badges can of course be used on GitHub, in fact they follow the standard set by shields.io so they should fit right in alongside other badges. But they can also be used in other places, and not just by developers! All you need is this image URL:

https://api.kindspeech.org/v1/badge

You can add them to your personal website’s footer, your email signature, in online forums, in your blog posts, on your MySpace page (I just checked and yup that’s still a thing), etc.

For more information on customizing and using the badges, see the permanent Badges page. Thank you for reading!

Introducing the Kind Speech API

As I was thinking of ways to promote “kind speech” and compete against all the advertisements and commercial interests vying for people’s attention everywhere, I realized that it’s a ridiculous idea.

Kind speech: messages intending to make their recipients feel good about who they are and what they already have.

I’m still going to do it, of course, but the reality is the advertising market is huge. HUGE! Not only does it represent an enormous amount of financial power, it also has remarkable infrastructure in place to create and distribute advertisements.

For example, if you’d like to sell ads on your website, you can sign up with an ad service, paste some code into your site, and… that’s it! New ads will continuously appear on your site. You don’t need to talk to anyone, or think about anything—it’s all taken care of.

I thought, that’s so neat! I wish it was that easy to share kind messages, on a website or elsewhere. Even just figuring out what to say can be a challenge… And that’s where the Kind Speech API comes in.

If you’re a developer, it’s a super easy way to fetch a random message whose sole intention is to let anyone who reads it know that they are good enough just as they are. Try it out:

$ curl https://api.kindspeech.org/v1/text

It’s free, it’s simple, and there are no restrictions.

Check out the complete Kind Speech API documentation.

It’s a start, a modest one, but the hope is to grow it into a robust inventory of freely available messages of love and kindness.