Baha’i Blog Turns Two! …and Our Top 10 Posts of the Year are…

Baha’i Blog has just turned two years old (Yippee!) and the team at Baha’i Blog would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone from around the world for their wonderful and continued support!

Over the last year Baha’i Blog has continued to soar – in fact, with thousands of readers located in 193 countries (we’ve literally had over 100,000 unique visitors!), we’ve been doubling our numbers in every way!

Our Calendar of Events and the Resource Directory also continue to grow, with users adding more and more content every week!

Our Facebook page followers and Mailing List subscribers have also more than doubled, so if you haven’t done so already, follow us on Facebook and join our mailing list if you want to be notified when we post something new.

So far we’ve published 193 original posts written by dozens of authors, and these posts continue to cover a wide variety of topics relating to the Baha’i Faith. We’re also always looking for good writers, so if you’re interested in writing for us, you can find out more about how you can write for us here.

Now, without further ado… (Drum roll please!) …Baha’i Blog is proud to present to you our 10 most popular posts of the year:

10) 21 Stunning Photos of Baha’i Houses of Worship

If you’ve never visited one of the seven Baha’i Houses of Worship are not only a serene place to pray and meditate, but are also simply stunningly beautiful to look at. The temples are spread out across the world, with an eighth currently under construction in Chile and sites chosen in forty five more countries. It would be difficult to get out to the seven locations spread out from Uganda to Australia, so we’ve collected a sample of great photography from Flickr to get you started.

9) New Songs Available for Ruhi Book 3, Grade 1 & 2

The Ruhi Institute has made available for download, recordings of the songs contained in the new lesson plans for Grades 1 and 2 of the Teaching Children’s Class book. These songs can be downloaded for free, and you can also download a page which contains both the lyrics and the chords for each song – that’s pretty cool!

8) Top 10 Signs You Are a Baha’i

Wondering if you’re a real Baha’i? Wonder no more! Collis’ hilarious post listing the top ten signs you know you’re a Baha’i continues to get the laughs and will have you laughing out loud and nodding your head as you read through it!

7) 6 Accomplished Baha’is in Film and Television

With some five to six million Baha’is in the world it’s no surprise that some of the most accomplished people in any discipline are bound to be Baha’i. Being a bit of a television and movie junkie, Collis decided to find out if there were any famous Baha’is in Hollywood. Sure enough shows like Heroes and The Office have featured Baha’i actors, as have movies like The Interpreter and The Godfather!

6) 4 Things the Fast Helps Us Strengthen

Naysan reflects on the Baha’i Fast on a personal level, and shares four of the ‘spiritual muscles’ (or qualities) the fast has helped him strengthen. This post sparked some great discussion, so check out the comments section of the post as well.

5) 8 Creative Ideas for Your Next Devotional Gathering

Getting together to share prayers and writings from the Baha’i faith, other scriptures and enlightened souls, is a staple of Baha’i life. These devotional gatherings are one of our core activities and all Baha’is are encouraged to not only attend, but to host them. There is no set format or formula for running a devotional, and they run the gamut from organized public events through to informal sharing of prayers and readings around a coffee table. And since there is no particular way that a devotional should be held, it’s open for creativity and inventiveness!

4) Where to Find Free Baha’i eBooks Online

Thanks to the Kindle and iPad, paperless reading is becoming more and more common. Even without these devices it’s sometimes handy having an ebook on your laptop or PC. Thanks to Baha’i eBooks Publications, you can get more than 70 Baha’i eBooks completely free in both ePub (iPad, iPhone, Android suitable) and Mobi (Kindle suitable) formats.

3) Soulboy: An Interview with Khalil Fong

Which Baha’i musician has millions of fans and concerts that pack out stadiums? Khalil Fong – that’s who! ”Who?” you ask? Well, to many of the English speaking world, the name Khalil Fong may not ring a bell, but to the Mandarin speaking world in China, Singapore and Taiwan, Hong Kong based pop-star Khalil Fong has been playing to packed-out stadiums and he continues to pump out the hits!

2) New Talks by Tom Price: Recreating Ourselves in the Image of The Master

Baha’i music composer Tom Price delivered six great talks at the 2012 Tennessee Bahá’í School, called “Recreating Ourselves in the Image of the Master”. In these wonderful talks Tom Price shares six of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s attributes and looks at how we can learn from them and adopt them into our own lives.

…and the number one post of the year is…

1) 5 Year Plan Talks by Tom Price

The study of the 5 Year Plan is something we’ve all been encouraged to do, and Baha’i music composer Tom Price gave a series of three talks about the Five Year Plan at the Tennessee Baha’i School. With his permission, Baha’i Blog is pleased to share with you the talks to stream from our site or to download – and best of all, it’s completely free! We know that anyone who has ever heard Tom Price speak will be frantically clicking away at the download buttons, and for those of you who have yet to tune in to one of his talks, you’re in for a treat!

Well that’s the list, and we hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen on Baha’i Blog so far!

Once again we appreciate everyone’s support, and please let us know what your favourite post of the year was in the ‘Comments’ section below.

Also, please feel free to contact us by emailing to share any thoughts, feedback, or if you’d like to get involved or contribute a post!

Happy reading!

-The Baha’i Blog team

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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