May 15, 2011

I Hate Tooting My Own Horn ...

But I feel obligated to mention that I was named one of The Jewish Week's 36 Under 36: The New Re-Engineers. Find my profile here.
This, the fourth installment of the “36 Under 36” list, highlights the dedicated lay leaders who are reordering our legacy organizations alongside community activists and social justice crusaders whose startups are chock-full of innovation.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any copies of the newspaper in Teaneck, despite going to every single place on Cedar Lane. Supposedly some folks are keeping copies for me, so phew on that note.

Last year I wrote about my awesome friend Susanne, who was named on last year's list as a social media rockstar. I haven't had the time yet to sit down and completely devour the list of amazing people I'm listed with, including many rabbis, but I'll get to it. After all, I should be adding these people on Facebook and Twitter and making sure there's a massive meeting of the minds. Between this and the impending visit to the 2011 ROI Summit in Israel, I'm on top of the world.

The question is: Can I live up to the hype?

12 comments:

thejewishteen said...

mazal tov!

Raphi said...

First of all, I've been reading your blog for over a year know, and you *love* tooting your own horn. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Secondly, you asked "Can I live up to the hype?" One way to start is to realize how much of a big deal it isn't.

Anonymous said...

Agreed 100% with Raphi. You LOVE tooting your own horn about your "talents" in "social media" and whatever other delusional, self-aggrandizing nonsense you post (remember the entry where you said you had "fashionista tendencies" or something like that?). LOL

Chaviva said...

Okay ... no clue what the fashionista thing you mention was about. Sorry my existence appears to bother you.

Hadassah said...

Chaviva - I am so proud of you - toot away. Ignore those naysaying folk....not worth your time... HUGS

Andrew said...

I'm not quite sure what satisfaction people get from posting snarky comments on your blog, Chaviva. It seems worth it to note that my middle school students behave this way when they're searching for attention and can typically be talked sown from the negative behaviors with a quiet conversation in the hallway.

Anna Freedman said...

Mazal tov, Chaviva! I admire your social media maven-ness. Thank you for keeping us thinking, for keeping us connected, for asking us challenging questions, for sharing your feelings and observations with us. Takes a lot of courage, akshully.

You deserve every bit of kavod and positive recognition you're receiving.

Natalie Strobach said...

Mazal tov X 2!
You may remember me from all of the twittering I do at/to you...

I'm so excited to finally have something worthwhile to post in your comments! I am a huge egoist (I might even brag about being a big bragger!). Anyway, when met with criticism for something like this...like what you've shared today...I always think of Benjamin Franklin.

In 1771 he was writing his son a letter to comment on what people might say about dear old dad teaching people how to live and how to be more productive via his various writings. Basically, he didn't want his son to be ashamed of his father's boasting. He wrote:

"Hereby, too, I shall indulge the inclination so natural in old men, to be talking of themselves and their own past actions; and I shall indulge it without being tiresome to others, who, through respect to age, might conceive themselves obliged to give me a hearing, since this may be read or not as any one pleases. And, lastly (I may as well confess it, since my denial of it will be believed by nobody), perhaps I shall a good deal gratify my own vanity. Indeed, I scarce ever heard or saw the introductory words, "Without vanity, I may say," etc., but some vain thing immediately followed. Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others that are within his sphere of action; and therefore, in many cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity, among the other comforts of life."

More or less, you're only being publicly thankful and sharing the blessings G-d has given you. Really, vanity is like a big high-five to Hashem. ;)

chicagocarless.com said...

Mazal tov!!!

Also, speaking as a fellow blogger, it has been my long experience that those who complain the most about bloggers publicly celebrating their well-earned accolades are usually those who wish they had the chutzpah, themselves, to tell their stories in a public forum--or the self-worth to even believe that their stories mattered.

They do. Poor them. Yay, you!

Aimee said...

Mazal tov! As I read about individuals like you, making a difference, I always ask myself what can I do? I am a 24-year-old searching for an idea. I'd love to make a career and channel my energy into something Jewish...still trying to find a way!

SusQHB said...

So happy that the Jewish Week passed the 36 Under 36 Social Media Maven torch to someone I look up to in the Jewish Social Media World/Twitter Universe/Blogosphere. Welcome to the 36er Club Chaviva!

Amber Austen said...

Way to go, that is wonderful :) !

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