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Some Interesting Reads

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Reading – by June Perkins

Some interesting articles you might like to check out

Using Art to Find Your Spiritual Identity

Art Uplifting the World of Being

Music and Inner Harmony

Baha’i Blog Images from Around the World

Baha’i Chronicles

Leaves of Wisdom: A Baha’i Coloring Source

Studio Sessions Channel

Nineteen Months

Happy Reading, viewing and listening.

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You’re a Baha’i and you want to blog?

cropped-yearetheleaves3.jpgThe online world is connecting everyone as fast as a type beat. This collective cyberbeat has immense potential to connect Baha’is wanting to work together all over the world.

You’re a Baha’i and you want to blog or create an online initiative. You might be an artist,  poet, podcaster, photographer, writer, retired journalist, or someone with a special project or interest.

You want to join this collective online connectivity wave and have something to say.
Here are some suggestions to start you on your  way.

1. Study other Baha’i initiatives

Some great online initiatives with a collaborate edge that you could already participate in are:

Nineteen Months

Baha’i History

UK

Baha’i Blog Soul Pancake

2.Write a disclaimer and explanation of who has initiated your site Think about if your site is an individual initiative,  a group collaboration initiative, or a group collaboration sponsored by the Institutions of the Faith.

Create an appropriate disclaimer and consult with people and Institutions before going ahead with your project. Show them some of the projects online you have researched.  Get people excited about your project. Make it an interesting project that may not already be being done. If there is something similar think about joining it to become a contributor.

Here are two Examples of Disclaimers

A) Institution Sponsored

The UK Baha’i Histories Project is collecting the stories of individual Baha’is who currently live in the UK, or have lived here in the past.  The project is sponsored by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s of the UK.

These stories are personal recollections by the individuals concerned. They will inevitably contain omissions and they reflect the views of the individual author in each case. We cannot vouch for the authenticity or completeness of any of the ‘histories’, although all stories are subjected to an editorial review.

We urge readers who may have additional information that is pertinent to any story to post a comment, which may be viewed by all visitors to the site. We would like to encourage EVERYONE to write their Baha’i history.

Your story is important and interesting, whether you became a Baha’i last week or 50 years ago.  We would also like to see stories from people who have moved to the UK, especially if you moved here from Iran, and your experiences when you first arrived. To give you some inspiration, take a look at the stories below.  We hope you will then decide to write your own story.

Please contact bhp1uk@gmail.com and the team will help you to get started. Webpage header photo courtesy of Baha’i Media Bank

B)  Individual Initiative
Baha’i Blog is not an official Baha’i Site and is purely and individual initiative and not-for-profit entity.  It is a Half Light Media project. Any sites linked to or opinions expressed  are not neccessarily those of the World Wide Baha’i community.  The official Baha’i website is  bahai.org

 

3. Are you staying or have you been in touch with the Institutions about your project? Mainly for advice when needed. I still do this when I am concerned about something. I have found our external office always supportive of my online efforts and there when I need any sort of advice. I try to always maintain online decorum and respect at all times

 
4. Respect all online copyrights when sourcing your images If you are using others photographs, ask the photographers first, link back to them and thank them. Check out creative commons laws, they are a good source for images. Be very careful to ensure permission of blogging images of people online, including guests and Baha’is at Baha’i functions. Make sure you have consent.

 
5. Protect the copyright of your image and words and where it will be reblogged Clearly state copyright of your work. Find out all you can about copyright.
 
6. Edit your work Try always to put work you have edited up. Edit it for accuracy, grammar, language and check any other issues you might be concerned about with Baha’i institutions.

 
Goodluck! I’ll feature some more information on some cool online projects over the next year.

You never know where your blogging or online project might lead you or the services it may give you the opportunity to render the whole of humanity.

 

(c) June Perkins
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From the online Archives

This article can be found at  Australian Baha’i Community

Blogger active in aftermath of Cyclone Yasi

Blogger active in aftermath of Cyclone Yasi
Dr June Perkins

Witnessing the spiritual capacity of the local community has been the “the most amazing experience” in the past year for a Bahá’í blogger contributing to ABC Open’s Aftermath project.

June Perkins was at home in Tully with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets when Cyclone Yasi struck North Queensland with devastating force on 3 February 2011, one year ago today.

A huge mango tree fell through the roof of their house, splintering the ceiling. Terrifying winds struck the house from all directions.

Then, in the calm of the eye of the storm, the family fled their damaged house for a safer, low-to-ground brick home of one of their neighbours.

The next day they returned to find their home was wrecked. They have recently moved to Murray Upper.

After a local told the ABC about postings by Dr Perkins on Pearlz Dreaming, her long-running blog on life, poetry and virtues, she was invited to be a guest blogger representing North Queensland for ABC Open’s Aftermath project.

The project follows the stories of people trying to rebuild their lives and their communities and to recover from recent natural disasters.

Dr Perkins was asked to write a blog at least once a fortnight on her experiences following the cyclone. Her posts can be viewed here.

“So far I have contributed thirteen written blogs, one video and 24 photographs to the project,” she says.

“The most amazing thing about everything our family has been through in the last few months has been witnessing the spiritual capacity of our community.

“In terms of spiritual and faith themes I focus on themes to do with virtues people are displaying in the recovery process, such as resilience, caring and helpfulness.”

In one posting, she writes about “Ute Angels”, people who “walk the spiritual path with practical feet”.

“How do you picture angels?” she writes.

“For me they are dressed in shorts and t-shirts with big smiles on their faces as they help load a ute of more sodden belongings to sort. These angels are the ones who are there for you —  unasked and rarely publicised.

“Some of the best days during the recovery process in the Cassowary Coast have been the unexpected and unasked for assistance from many people we never knew cared about us and also from complete strangers.

“The day we arrived at our new home there were fresh new sheets, towels and pillow cases waiting on the doorstep. It felt like some angels put them there. We made so many trips back and forth between our old and new home that we needed more angels, specifically ute angels, and as if our prayers were answered, they appeared!”

Dr Perkins’ postings cover a range of themes, including helpful visits by people from outside the district.

“I have covered the role of the arts in the healing process at some length – with visits from musicians, songwriters, and writing mentors playing an important role in assisting people to be inspired to get back on their feet.

“I plan to do about six more written blogs and am collaborating on a video documentary of our family’s experience of the cyclone, recovery and aftermath. I am producing several small video documentaries of local stories and am sharing these on Pearlz Dreaming and ABC Open.”

Read June’s story on ABC.

If you have an article on your blogging or arts experience as a Baha’ i please send a link to it here.


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Pearlz Dreaming’s Blogger’s Manifesto

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1- Save all things I am keen to publish in other formats by NOT placing them on my blogs.

2- Blog the process and support materials that assist me to create my memoirs, poetry, booka and films (cool things like letters, programs and historical hyperlinks.) Share some RAW MATERIALS (try not to give too much, but just enough away).

3- Sometimes share short EXTRACTS, covers, or drafts for reader feedback with specific questions.  Make these extracts examples of my BEST WRITING.

4- Share the occasional poem or piece that I want the blog to be its publication and it is shared to inspire not for any profit or expectation (but still make sure people respect copyright by attributing it to me if reposting or sharing). STILL HAVE NOT FOR PROFIT writing.

5- CONNECT…

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Writers New to Blogging – Handy Tips 1#

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So you’re a writer and have started a blog because everyone has told you to do so. Now you’re wondering how to go about it.

1) Pick your theme. With themes it’s a good idea to check what they look like on phone and tablet as well, as some themes translate better across devices and people may read your work on their tablet rather than laptop or pc. Personally I like clear uncluttered layouts. The theme used on this blog at the moment is sketch.

2) Choose interesting and related topics. 1)How you researched or created your book (really interesting for historical books) 2)Typical days in your writing life 3) Interview with a character or expert in your field 4) Interviews or reviews of works in your genre that you admire 5) Great news you want to share (be humble though). I…

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