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Baha’i Blog Turns 3 and the Top 10 Articles of the Year are…

March 24, 2014, in Articles > Baha'i Blog, by
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Baha’i Blog is celebrating its third year of blogging about ‘everything Baha’i’, and we’d like to say a very special THANK YOU to everyone for your constant support and encouragement over the last few years!

Baha’i Blog’s popularity has continued to soar, and although we’re an English language blog, our readership has truly been global, as we continue to get tons of great feedback and encouragement from people all over the world with more-and-more people getting engaged with the site and finding Baha’i Blog a great resource. (In fact, we’re being read in 193 countries out of the 196 that exist in the world – so that ain’t bad!)

We’ve also just redesigned Baha’i Blog making it mobile and tablet friendly, and there’s an awesome new video section as well, so be sure to check that out!

Over the last three years Baha’i Blog has served up nearly 300 awesome articles (296 to be exact), and every year on Baha’i Blog’s birthday we showcase the top 10 blog posts of the year, so without further ado, we’re happy to count down to you our 10 most popular posts of the year:

10) How Habits Can Help You Become the Baha’i You’ve Always Wanted to Be

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One of my personal favourites on Baha’i Blog, this thoughtful and practical article by Collis looks at the importance of habits and how they can help us become better Baha’is. It’s a fairly recent post and it’s quickly climbed to 10th place!

9) 5 Year Plan Talks by Tom Price

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Baha’i Blog shares a series of three talks given by Tom Price about the Five Year Plan at the Tennessee Baha’i School in 2011. You can stream or download these talks, and for those of you who haven’t heard one of his talks yet, you’re in for a treat!

8) 7 Things Men Can Do to Help Undo the Oppression of Women

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In this popular post, Alan and Lorraine Manifold share seven practical things men can do to help undo the oppression of women. Check out the ‘comments’ section for all of the interesting discussion on the topic.

7) Kahlil Gibran and the Baha’i Faith


In this wonderful post by Leila, she looks at the renowned poet Khalil Gibran’s encounters with Abdu’l-Baha and the Baha’i Faith.

6) Frontiers of Learning: New Film from the Baha’i World Centre


Filmed in Canada, Colombia, India, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this uplifting film from the Baha’i World Centre captures the insights and experiences of four different communities on four different continents where children, junior youth, youth, and adults are all taking part in a process of community building based on concepts enshrined in the Baha’i Teachings.

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

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Baha’i music composer Tom Price delivered six great talks at the 2012 Tennessee Baha’i School, and in these talks he shares six of Abdu’l-Baha’s attributes and looks at how we can learn from them and adopt them into our own lives.

4) 95 Youth Conferences Around the World


In a letter dated February 8th, 2013, The Universal House of Justice announced the exciting news of “the convocation of 95 youth conferences, between July and October, planned for locations that span the globe”. The number of conferences was later raised to 114 and the resulting energy is still being felt internationally!

3) Why Baha’is Don’t Drink Alcohol – A Health Perspective

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This Baha’i Blog article from October 2012 has had a recent spike in popularity shooting it to third place! In this post, Roya (a medical doctor) looks at the Baha’i law which forbids the consumption of alcohol and she presents some of the health risks related to drinking.

2) An Interview with Baha’i Actor Rainn Wilson

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Baha’i actor Rainn Wilson (who played the role of Dwight Schrute so brilliantly in the hit TV show The Office), agrees to be interviewed by Baha’i Blog and shares his personal thoughts and experiences on a number of Baha’i-related topics. It’s great!

…and the number one Baha’i Blog post of the year is…

1) The Station of Jesus Christ in the Baha’i Faith

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During Christmas time Baha’is are often asked whether they believe in Christ, and in Baha’i Blog’s most popular post of the year, we look at the station of Jesus Christ in the Baha’i Writings and reflect on Christ’s wonderful revelation and the profound impact His message of love and fellowship has had on the world.

Well that’s the Top 10 list of the year, and we hope you’ve perhaps discovered some awesome new articles you may have missed!

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If you’ve got a favourite Baha’i Blog post that wasn’t on the list, feel free to paste it into the ‘Comments’ section below.

Thanks again everyone for all your support!

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Naysan Naraqi

Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
Naysan Naraqi

Discussion 4 Comments


Marco Oliveira

Marco Oliveira (March 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM)

Can’t believe it’s been three years already! Well done gang, this site has become such a great resource for the Baha’i community. Here’s to another three years (and another three after that .. because well … nine!)

Joe C

Joe C (March 3, 2014 at 2:51 AM)

Thanks for all your insightful and informative articles. Really great, especially those I can ‘share’ on Facebook like the posts on Holy Days.
Could you please write an article regarding which essential texts a new Baha’i should read and in what order? This would be very beneficial in supporting new Baha’is.
Thank you!


Astrid (May 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM)

Hi Astrid, thanks for your support and I’m glad you’ve found Baha’i Blog so useful. Thanks also for your suggestion of an article relating to the ‘essential texts’. In the meantime, here are two articles you may also find useful:

1) My 3 Questions to Frame a Study of the Baha’i Writings: http://bahaiblog.net/2014/05/4-questions-frame-study-sacred-text/

2) 10 Great Introductory Books on the Baha’i Faith: http://bahaiblog.net/2013/06/10-great-introductory-books-on-the-bahai-faith/


Naysan (May 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM)

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