Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#BlogElul and #ElulGram 2016

For the last few years, I've embarked on a project, and invited the social media world to join with me.

#BlogElul and #Elulgram have inspired, informed, and offered a little bit of additional introspection across the internet for the last few years. By popular request, it's back! 

Elul -- that wonderful and terrifying month that precedes the High Holy Days.
Perfect for blogging and other social media... 

A month of introspection and considering, a month of personal reflection and preparation.

What's it all about?I have made a list of Elul-related topics, and I'm inviting you (yes, you! reader, colleague, friend...anyone with a desire to share ideas about the holidays) to join me.

But I'm not stopping only with blogging. Sure, it's called BlogElul but you can "blog" in any way you like. Maybe it's your daily Facebook update or tweet. Maybe it's your Instagram photos or SnapChat story? Now we have Vine and other quick-video services -- perhaps a daily 6-second video? Maybe you don't want to do it daily. Maybe you just want to dip your toe into the experience, or just read (and share?) what others write. It's totally up to you. I always love to see the creative things that the #BlogElul community comes up with.

Feel free to right-click and save this image to post wherever you #blogelul
There are no rules. I provide the topics (right above) for each of the days of the month. Just write a post of some kind about that topic on that day. Use the hashtag to share your post (I like to put it in my titles) and share other people's posts as well. This could be a way to revitalize your blog, kickstart a new project, or even just get yourself ready for the holidays! I know that lots of people use #BlogElul as a spiritual exercise each year, and I'm so proud to be a part of their yearly journey through Elul.

And what about #ElulGram? This one is even more interpretive. Photos, art, illustrations, quotes -- what kinds of images can you put together to explore and interpret these High Holy Day themes? You don't have to limit your picture-sharing to Instagram (even though I totally appropriated the name), you can use any image-sharing site you'd like, such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Whatever you do, tag it with #ElulGram so we can call share and follow.

These themes and ideas are broad and open, and again -- there are NO RULES except the ones you make for yourself!

And yes, I know that the dates include Shabbat. I personally don't blog/tweet/Facebook on Shabbat, but I will post before and after Shabbat. You can do whatever you like!

Are you going to play along? Let me know! Leave me a comment here, send me a tweet, or send up a signal fire.... Feel free to grab my pretty badge to announce to the whole world that you're Blogging Elul. If you let me know that you're doing it, we can cross-post, or guest-post, or even just do some virtual hand-holding as the days grow closer to Tishrei. I'll try to link to as many posts and pics as I can - won't it be amazing to all share in the Elul journey together? 

I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Elul begins on September 4th (it's always on time), so I wanted to give you a head start if you're going to pre-write some of your posts. (And yes, I know it's a 2-day Rosh Chodesh, but let's start on Elul 1 to make things simple, okay?)

I hope that our shared preparation for 5777 brings meaning and hope, inspiration and enlightenment for all of us. 

The list:

Elul 1: Prepare
Elul 2: Act
Elul 3: Search
Elul 4: Understand
Elul 5: Accept
Elul 6: Believe
Elul 7: Choose
Elul 8: Hear
Elul 9: Observe
Elul 10: Count
Elul 11: Trust
Elul 12: Forgive
Elul 13: Remember
Elul 14: Learn
Elul 15: Change
Elul 16: Pray
Elul 17: Awaken
Elul 18: Ask
Elul 19: Judge
Elul 20: Fulfill
Elul 21: Love
Elul 22: End
Elul 23: Begin
Elul 24: Hope
Elul 25: Intend
Elul 26: Create
Elul 27: Bless
Elul 28: Give
Elul 29: Return


JanetheWriter said...

I'm in. You know it's not really Rosh HaShanah for me unless I #BlogElul!

Batya Medad said...

This post is included in Shiloh Musings: Others Blog, Too. Blog Round Up HH 18 Most Interesting. How about seeing the others?

rbarenblat said...

I don't know whether I'll manage daily posts this year, but I'm glad you're doing this, and I'll do my best to take part.

Cantor Penny Kessler said...

Thank you for leading us again this year. Although I am rarely consistent in posting, I figure that perfect imperfection is the overarching theme, no?

Stacey Robinson said...

Her's my signal fire! Excited to be Blogging Elul with you for the fourth year in a row!

Barrett Harr said...

I'm in. And hopefully I can get some local folks to join me too!

otir said...

The best way not to be surprised by the arrival of Fall is blogging Elul with you! Thank you!

Amanda Rush said...

Thanks for doing this once again, and thanks for providing the prompts in text form! I'm planning to participate this year, in an effort to not squander Elul.

DKS said...

I'm in..going to try to post an FB daily!

Michelle Shapiro Abraham said...

I'm in - can't promise every day, but it sounds like exactly what I was looking for to have focus this month!

Barbara Schwartz said...

I am so delighted to find you (directed from Reform Judaism online). I wanted a new way of thinking about my re dedication this year and what a surprise to find just the thing. I'm not sure how to post and I know I don't need to or can in FB, but is there a way to do it here and read the posts of others? OK OK. Maybe my first purpose will be to read the directions before I set off. Thank you thank you.