Monday, August 14, 2017

#BlogElul and #ElulGram 2017

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. I'm not sure that you're all exactly excited to see it, but just as the calendar makes its way around again towards too does #BlogElul come around again.

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.

So 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 you don't have to stop 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 quick-video services -- perhaps a daily 6-second video? (Challenge: somehow use that cool Boomerang app…) 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 use in your own posts
There are no rules. I provide the topics (see graphic or below for text) 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 August 23rd (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.

I hope that our shared preparation for 5778 brings meaning and hope, inspiration and enlightenment for all of us.

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


JanetheWriter said...

Just wrote the prompts in my calendar...which means the High Holiday season is about to officially begin!

Batya said...

I love this annual series you do. Gd willing I'll be starting Elul at Tel Shiloh praying. I will ask Gd to give us wisdom, health and patience. Aren't those the keys that encompass it all?

Hadass Eviatar said...

Yay! Thanks so much for doing this for us every year! #BlogElul is one of my favourite things to do.

Batya said...

Blogged about it Shiloh Musings: Almost Elul, Time for Teshuva, #BlogElul

Audrey said...

Count me in - my Elul has been so much deeper since I began this exercise. Thank you for this life-changing project.

morning prayer blog said...

What they said. I'm starting here in Stockton California. You are my preparation for the new year. By the time I got to services last year, I felt I was cleaned out.

Joy said...

So grateful to find this practice and your blog! I am diving deeper into Jewish spiritual practice before formally converting, and am excited to use these prompts to help me along my journey and also develop my personal blog into something a little deeper. :)

Jane Ranzman said...

Great idea! I'm going to join in -although a few days late!

alto artist said...
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alto artist said...

Thank you for doing this, once again! Making one more attempt (the last few years were so-so):

Linda said...

Just found this blog. I'll be starting a bit after you began-- but I'm in. I'll post my reflections or poems in my site.

Thank you for the inspiration.