Esther Day is a holiday, but it is not about metaphors. It is not about gestures. Instead of mass produced greeting cards and baked goods, it calls for an uncommon honesty and bravery.
As the story goes, John and Hank Green asked Nerdfighter Esther Earl (now a published author) to decide how the community would celebrate her birthday every year. Given the opportunity to create a holiday, Esther chose to make it about love, family, and friends. When John uploaded the first annual video in August of 2010, he said “The words we use to describe the things we feel matter. […] So maybe Esther Day is the day where we think, ‘who do I love who I have trouble saying I love you to?’”
Esther passed away from thyroid cancer later that month; she was sixteen.
Since then, Nerdfighters have participated in Esther Day, celebrating the power and importance of love. Videos are uploaded, songs are sung, and we tell the people we love that we love them in no uncertain terms.
It sounds simple enough. In truth, it often comes as a challenge – being honest and unapologetic about love almost feels counterintuitive sometimes. We flee vulnerability.
This campaign – like Esther Day – is about changing that.
On Esther Day, we act for love: to uplift each other and create a more positive fandom; to empower and inspire our community; and to increase empathy. Our goal is nothing less than to make Esther Day a globally recognized, baggage-free holiday about love and gratitude.
In the months leading up to Esther Day, we want to make this community an everyday celebration of our favorite holiday. We want you to join in.
Before Esther Day:
- Plan your projects and share your plans to inspire others.
- Attend a Nerdfighter or HPA Chapter meetup celebrating Esther Day.
- Watch this space for more ways to get involved. When you post, make sure to use #EstherDay!
On Esther Day (August 3rd)
- Tell a friend or family member that you love them: pick up the phone, make a YouTube video, send them a text, an email, an owl, or some treacle tart.
- Post your final #EstherDay projects online to share them with the world.
You can check out the Esther Day Project page to see some past projects.
This is what it comes down to: love is awesome. Love is important. Love is what saved the wizarding world and, long before that, its residents. Fandoms become communities when we celebrate loving not just a book or a movie, but each other.
Whether it’s via owl post, social media (#EstherDay) or at LeakyCon in Orlando, please join us in celebrating love and celebrating each other during this year’s Esther Day.
Hank Green and The Perfect Strangers @ Vidcon.
Two very intelligent men
Our special guest on Ear Biscuits this week is none other than John Green (fishingboatproceeds) !!
John Green, New York Times Bestselling author and half of vlogging duo the Vlogbrothers, joins Rhett & Link this week to discuss the recent success of his novel The Fault in Our Stars, the effect fame has had on his personal and professional life, how his upbringing, formal education, and early career aspirations shaped his current view of religion and spirituality, and the significance of forming an online community to support endeavors like the charitable Project For Awesome foundation and YouTube convention, VidCon.
Check it on iTunes here.
Check it on SoundCloud here.
Check it on Stitcher here.
Read the accompanying article by the Video Ink here!
Be sure to share with friends if you like!!
Due to my boredom during the summer, I decided to make a book scarf using a sharpie and a plain white scarf. One side is Pudge’s essay from the end of Looking For Alaska and the other side is Augustus’ letter from the end of The Fault in Our Stars. I have absolutely no life whatsoever.
My local tj maxx had a nerdfighter cup for sale
The universe is weird.
by me. I saw Hank Green in concert last week and was very inspired. Some were taken from vlogbrothers videos, some were… of my own invention :).
…and eventually we fell asleep like that, a quantum entanglement of tubes and bodies.
My degree course is all but over, so I finally have time to start drawing again! This is a piece that has been on hiatus since May, so I’m glad to have finally finished it.
From this video. It’s good advice.
He of all people would know. People at work were talking about Doctor Who, so I had to stop working for a bit to draw the Doctor.
"It was with Esther that the Nerdfighter community came together and helped the Harry Potter Alliance win 250,000 dollars. And Hank, it was because of Esther that on Esther Day I told you that I love you (which I do, although I don’t want to talk about it). And even though Esther has died we will continue to do projects with her. Because it will be when we work to decrease World Suck and when we show our love for others that Esther will be with us most."
Esther Day is around the corner! Don’t forget to let us know what you’re planning by using the #estherday tag.
You can learn more about the Esther Day project here.
Here is another NerdFighter art! :) hope you like it! :) @johngreenwritesbooks @hankgreen #Nerdfighter #DFTBA #DontForgetToBeAwesome #Vlogbrothers #JohnGreen #HankGreen #Nerdfighteria
First complete (prototype) set of Cards Against Nerdfighteria. There are a lot of changes I’d like to make, but this seemed like a good stopping point for now. 75 question cards, 200 answer cards. Mostly nerdfighter related, though there are quite a few tangential ones.
COME TO THE NERDFIGHTER MEETUP AT LEAKYCON we’re gonna have a set and it’s gonna be awesome =D