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Celebrating Over 1 Million Views on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel!

Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel has now surpassed over one million views and the Baha’i Blog team is super excited! In fact, over the last 12 months, Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel has doubled in just about everything including views, subscribers, shares and content, and although it’s not just about the numbers for us, we’re excited about this milestone!  Continue reading

“Light of Unity” Dinner Party Booklet for the Bicentenary

There are so many great initiatives and resources coming to life as a result of all the excitement and efforts of thousands of Baha’is across the globe as they prepare to celebrate this very special time which marks the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

One of those initiatives that recently grabbed my attention is the “Light of Unity” Dinner Party Booklet, which Baha’is can use in 2017 and 2019 to host dinner parties in celebration of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of the Bab and Baha’u’llah.

Joyce Litoff, a member of the US Baha’i Office of Communications and editor of the “Light of Unity” booklet agreed to answer some questions about the booklet and this project:  Continue reading

10 Tips for Taking Photos at Community Events

Nineteen monthly meetings, Holy days, and now the Bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s birth! The Baha’i calendar is full of events which you are likely to want to share with your family and friends, and more importantly, document for the future! Luckily, apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook come running to the rescue, nowadays anybody can share these moments, not just professional photographers. I guess then this begs the question, “if I’m not a professional photographer, how can I take the best photos at my event?” Continue reading

10 Places to Find Photos and Images for You and Your Community

The common expression “a picture is worth a 1,000 words” holds some truth as we are all moved by images and photographs, and here at Baha’i Blog, we often get emails asking us about the images we use and where we get them. Therefore, with all the various Baha’i activities going on and especially right now as we all prepare for the bicentenary celebrations, the Baha’i Blog team thought you might find this list of resources helpful. So if you are looking for uplifting photos, whether it’s for a blog, an invitation, a poster, or a visual component for an event or gathering – whatever your photographic needs – here is a list of 10 sites to help you with your photo and image needs. Continue reading

Baha’i Group on Reddit Celebrates 9 Years!

Reddit is a popular social media website that’s been around since 2005, and it’s primarily aimed at sharing news and fostering discussion. Reddit users (known as “redditors”) can post links to interesting content such as news articles, images, or videos; alternatively, they can also post text-based “self-posts” to share their own stories, anecdotes, or questions. Any “redditor” can create a community (known as a “subreddit”) devoted to any topic they wish, and each subreddit is independent and is moderated by a team of volunteers.

Make sense? Good!

Because there’s a subreddit about the Baha’i Faith, and it’s been around for nine years now! So I decided to catch up with a good friend who’s one of the Baha’i subreddit (or “/r/bahai”) moderators known as “/u/dragfyre” (yep, that’s how they do things in the reddit world, they don’t give their actual name), and I asked him all about the Baha’i subreddit. Here’s what /u/dragfyre had to say: Continue reading

‘Women Who Changed the World’: Biographical Stories of Inspiring Women.

Perhaps you’ve already heard Sarah Perceval’s enchanting voice. She has recorded several story-telling audio collections such as Ancient Beauty: Stories from the Life of Baha’u’llah, The Bag of Jewels: A Sparkling Collection of Wisdom Stories Celebrating the Virtues, The Master: Stories of Abdu’l-Baha for Children, and Illumined Youth: Stories of Spiritual Transformation. Her latest project is an album of stories called Women Who Changed the World: Biographical Stories of Inspiring Women. Interwoven with music by Kelly Snook, these audio stories share glimpses of the lives of 10 women from various corners of the world who changed our world for the better — they include Tahirih, Florence Nightingale, and Rosa Parks.

I often get to ask musicians about their albums and their creative processes, but this is my first time interviewing a storyteller. Here’s what Sarah shared with me:  Continue reading

“The Baha’is” – A Documentary by Mary Darling & Clark Donnelly

The Baha’is is a stunning introductory documentary about the Baha’i Faith produced by Canadian couple Mary Darling and Clark Donnelly. Known for their popular sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie, Mary and Clark are the brains and heart behind Westwind Pictures, an independent production and distribution company with an emphasis on works that promote beauty and unity.

Originally aired in Canada on Vision TV, The Baha’is is now available for purchase from 9StarMedia and it’s an excellent way to explain some of the fundamental principles, the history, and the current activities of the Baha’i Faith.

Mary and Clark are really such a power-house of a couple and truly a joy to be around! They’ve also really been an inspiration for me personally when it comes to exploring the use of various forms of media and how they relate to the Baha’i Faith and its Teachings. I was able to spend a lot of time with them while on a recent trip to Toronto, Canada, and they agreed to do an interview with Baha’i Blog about this film.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Audio Posts of the Year

To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 6th year anniversary, we posted our top 10 articles of the year, and our top 10 video posts of the year, so now it’s time to list our top 10 most poular audio posts of the year!

Baha’i Blog has an Image Section, our Article Section, a Video Section, and an Audio Section, where we’ve published about 200 audio posts consisting of both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content made by others found on the web (but always taking copyright seriously of course).

In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 audio posts with the most amount of traffic posted to our Audio Section from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017 based on Google Analytics. (Please note that this is not based on Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page but check that out too for more great audio content).

Now let’s get on with the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading

Baha’i Blog’s 10 Most Popular Articles of the Year

Every year just after Naw-Ruz, Baha’i Blog celebrates its birthday, and now that we’ve just turned six years old, it’s time to start doing our annual ‘Top 10’ countdown of Baha’i Blog’s most popular posts.

As you know, Baha’i Blog has an Article section, a Video section, an Audio section, an Image Gallery, a YouTube Channel and a Soundcloud page, but written articles are the first thing we started out with, and they range from news and personal reflections, to interviews and tributes. We post two original articles per week, and so far we’ve published over 600 since we first began.

In this Top 10 countdown, we list the 10 most read Baha’i Blog articles of the last year (from Naw-Ruz 2016 to Naw-Ruz 2017), based on Google Analytics. So now ladies and gentlemen, here’s the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading