Best of The White Hindu 2013

I started this blog in January 2013 and now it is very nearly a year later! (Prior to that I had a Blogger blog for three years).

On that first day, there were 81 page views and now we almost always break 1,000 each day. The Facebook Fanpage grew from zero to 1,711 fans. There has been much discussion and robust debate. I know I’ve learned a lot about myself and about my religion. I hope that you have too!

With the help of Google analytics, I can see exactly which posts have been the most popular over the course of this year.

1) Happy Diwali

Can you believe the number one post was published just one month ago? It didn’t have 12 months to build pageviews, but it didn’t need it! We had a record day of over 4,000 pageviews in one day in the lead up to Diwali and my Diwali post has remained by far the most popular one I’ve ever done.

2) The Branches of Hinduism

I had no idea this post would be so popular. It was a really quick summary and now I think I need to do a more detailed post about it, as clearly people are curious about the branches of Hinduism.

3) How to Wear a Sari

Wearing a sari may not be necessary to being a Hindu, but knowing how sure does help you fit in if you’re a girl. Saris are also just so elegant and beautiful that I’m sure lots of people are curious how they are worn.

4) The Ten Avatars of Vishnu: A Guide

I’m glad people are finding this one. It’s a post I’m proud of. Lots of information and the type of information that it’s important to know as a Hindu!

5) Who Is Krishna?

More important information for Hindus to have. Krishna, I think, is the most well known of the Hindu Gods to non-Hindus, so I imagine they must be pretty curious who he is.

6) Hinduism and Abortion

Another post that I am very proud of and I hope it continues to be read!

7) The Karwa Chauth Fast

Holiday posts seem to do very well, and no surprise since I’m sure people are searching for information about them as they are coming up. This one surprised me, though. It’s a more regional holiday.

8) What I Don’t Get About Christianity

This post was from the beginning of the year and had a lot of page views then. I don’t think it’s been seen as much recently. I feel like this is possibly my most misunderstood post even as I kept trying to add disclaimers to explain what my point was. But I still think it’s a very valid one! Christianity doesn’t work for me, doesn’t make sense to me, and that’s okay. That’s why it’s not my religion!

9) Marriage Equality and Hinduism

This is an issue I feel pretty passionately about. My point of view on it certainly is not the same as all other Hindus. There is division on this one and sometimes culture, tradition, and history can get in the way of our religious obligation to love. That’s how I see it, anyway.

10) Happy Birthday, Krishna

Another detailed holiday post.

 

I think as I work on this blog more and more, I’m getting a sense of what kinds of material people are most interested in. I want to help people find the information they are looking for and also to share my perspective on life, the universe, and everything. I like that my blog is a balance of research and information with personal stories, pictures, experiences. I’ll try to maintain that balance in the coming year!

 

About Ambaa

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • Ambaa

    Yes, I do know Sanatana Dharma. I’ve actually been a Hindu most of my life! :)

    I use the word Hindu because people around me are less confused by that. I used to tell people I was Advaitan Vedantan and they couldn’t even pronounce it or remember it. If I say Hindu, at least people have a starting point to know what I’m talking about!

    • HARRY

      You should have used the word “whole of your life” not just most of your life. This is first time I’m reading your blog again after few weeks break.

      Oh, BTW I’ve read one of your short story from your writers blog, it blew me away, the way you have included the details in it. I was hooked, couldn’t stop it half way, bearing in the mind that I have not read any books like this in my life. :) Nice one.

      • Ambaa

        You’re right. My husband keeps asking why I call myself a convert since I was raised on Hindu philosophy! I should probably start taking ownership of that. I usually count from the time I realized I was a Hindu and began identifying as such, which is about half my life ago now!

        I’m glad you’re back and thank you so much for your compliment on my writing! I’m thrilled to hear that!

        • HARRY

          So, my question is, when are you writing the next 50 shades with eastern twist then. :)

          • Ambaa

            Ooo, good idea! lol.

  • Nitin Sahasrabudhe

    There is a small group of people in Lithuania that practice a religion that is very similar to Hinduism. The religion is Romuva [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romuva_(religion)] and is an ethnic religion of Baltic people prior to their conversion to Christianity. A group of people practising Romuva religion met a Hindu organization in India and exchanged information on their gods, beliefs and rituals. Their take-away from this meeting was “The impression that we get both in conference and after conference tour in India was feeling of mutual roots of Hindu and European heritage. We saw the same variety of gods, the fire ritual, the singing of Mantras, very close to Lithuanian traditional chanting” [http://www.stregoneriapagana.it/IndiaConferenceingl.html]

    You may not be the only White Hindu after all :-)

    • Ambaa

      Very interesting! I haven’t ever heard of that.


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