Baha’i Blog Turns One!

Baha’i Blog has just turned one, and we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone from around the world for their wonderful and continued support during our first year!

It’s been an exciting year for Baha’i Blog, as we’ve had over 60,000 visits from 191 different countries (out of 195 in the world) so that’s pretty AWESOME!

The top countries were mostly the English speaking ones (this blog is in English after all!) but places like Malaysia, Germany and Romania were in the top 20!

Some 16,000 visits came from Google with people searching for things like “bahai test and difficulties”, “2011 baha’i conference”, “bahai jewelry” and “baha’i music”.

Our biggest source of traffic however was our Facebook page, which makes sense since we have almost 1,800 followers there now! Twitter also sent a couple thousand visits, and blogs like bahaithought.com and designthefaith.com also sent over some small doses of traffic.

Over 600 people stopped in to read our page on “What is the Baha’i Faith“. Over 5000 visited the directory and calendar facilities, where we’ve added 110 items to our Resource Directory and 28 events to our Calendar of Events, and our mailing list reaches over 430 people so far, so sign on if you want to be notified of our new posts.

We posted over 100 posts over the year which is about one every three days, and these posts have gathered over 700 comments from our growing Baha’i Blog community – so thank you to you all who participated in making the place a little more lively!

As you know, our posts cover a wide variety of topics relating to the Baha’i Faith, and we’ve had 20 different authors contribute, which is fantastic as we’ve always aimed to have a diversity of voices here on the blog. We’d love more so if you’re interested in writing a guest post, you can find out how here.

Here are the 10 most popular posts of the year:

1. 5 Year Plan Talks by Tom Price

2. Top 10 Signs You Are a Baha’i

3. What Christmas means to Baha’is

4. 21 Stunning Photos of Baha’i Houses of Worship

5. In Memory of My Father: Sirus Naraqi

6. 5 Unique Baha’i Apps for the iPhone

7. 9 Handmade Baha’i Jewellery and Craft Pieces from Etsy

8. Where to Find Free Baha’i eBooks online

9. What is a Five Year Plan?

10. 3 Problems with Religion and Solutions

If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen on Baha’i Blog so far, we’d love to hear more from you, so please comment,  email or ‘Like’ our Facebook Page! Please feel free to contact us to share any thoughts, feedback, or if you’d like to get involved or contribute!

Here’s to another year of Baha’i Blog, and thanks again to everyone for their support!

Happy reading!

-The Baha’i Blog team

About the Author

Collis is a designer and entrepreneur and loves working online, where he runs an internet startup called Envato. Working with blogs all day long led Collis to cofound the annual blogging event Blog Action Day, which was profiled by the Baha’i World News Service in 2008. Collis has worked on lots of different Baha’i projects and is particularly excited to be involved with Baha’i Blog, as it unites his two big interests in life, the Baha’i Faith and blogging which, combined, is pretty much what Collis considers to be the recipe for awesomeness.

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Discussion 6 Comments

  1. Congratulations. 1 year already! Thank you so much for the wonderful work that has been done so far….. I love this Blog for the good directory and the inspiring, serious and joyful articles. Many times when I was reading one of the articles the quotation below came into my mind.

    On page 25 of The Advent of Divine Justice the beloved Guardian is describing the requirements not only of chastity, but of “a chaste and holy life” — both the adjectives are important…….Abandonment of “a frivolous conduct” does not imply that a Bahá’í must be sour faced or perpetually solemn. Humour, happiness, joy are characteristics of a true Bahá’í life. Frivolity palls and eventually leads to boredom and emptiness, but true happiness and joy and humour that are parts of a balanced life that includes serious thought, compassion and humble servitude to God are characteristics that enrich life and add to its radiance.

    It seams to me that this are your guidelines and that is wonderful.

    Thanks again and much love
    Janet

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