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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.

Ten Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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This year’s list of the top 10 most visited blog posts is dominated by two ideas: meditation and major news events. Half of this list, including the clear winner of Arthur Zajonc’s bell meditation, have something to do with the practice of mindfulness, of improving one’s interior life.

This list is also a time capsule, reminding us of some of the major news events of 2011: the shooting of Rep. Gabriel Giffords, the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the revolutions of the Arab Spring and protests of Tahrir Square, and the passing of Steve Jobs. And then we have a couple of stragglers — in the form of a century-old prayer and a children’s language test.

As we continue to improve and refine the thrust of this blog, let us know what you’d like to see us do more of in 2012. Happy New Year!

  1. Bell Sound Meditation by Shubha Bala
  2. John Stewart’s Introduction: A True Moment of Civility by Krista Tippett
  3. "Do Not Rejoice When Your Enemies Fall" by David P. Gushee
  4. Lovingkindness (Metta) Meditation with Sylvia Boorstein by Trent Gilliss
  5. Meditation and Mindfulness for All of Us: Six Questions with Sharon Salzberg by Kate Moos
  6. Photo Triptych of Possibilities in Cairo by Trent Gilliss
  7. A Turn of the Century Thanksgiving Prayer by Walter Rauschenbusch by Susan Leem
  8. A Little Bit of Mindfulness Meditation Can Reduce a Lot of Pain by Trent Gilliss
  9. Sunday Morning Exercise: Take “The Wug Test” by Nancy Rosenbaum
  10. Steve Jobs: “Love What You Do” (video) by Trent Gilliss
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Being Blog’s Top 10 Viewed Posts of 2010

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Our blog is an outlet. We tell you about things that are happening and things we find interesting. It’s a refuge that allows the fuller complexion of the program to reveal itself. It also permits us to bring new voices to you; we just get out of the way. Here are the ten most popular posts from this year.

New Wordmark for Speaking of Faith (now Being)1. Reflections on a Name Change
Yes, we changed the title of our program after seven years, and with a significant switch came an avalanche of interest, opinions, and smart responses from our audiences. Check out the comments section in reaction to Krista’s post.

2. Bell Sound Meditation
This year we began experimenting with weekend morning exercises that aren’t just pop quizzes meant to drive traffic. We wanted to share meaningful expressions that might help readers develop an interest or a practice, or understand what we do better. Shubha’s research for our interview with Arthur Zajonc led to this insightful five-minute practice that our readers really responded to.

620099853. One Hundred Million Seeds of Porcelain Contemplation
Ai Weiwei’s major installation at the Tate Modern this year captured my imagination after reading about this work in The Guardian. When The Atlantic's Daily Dish picked it up, our traffic exploded. The saddest part is the art museum had to stop people from walking on it because it was creating a dust storm.

4. Rossini’s “Meow!” by “The Little Singers of Paris”
A choir of French school boys having a little fun with the great composer’s work struck a chord with our readers, and put a smile on everybody’s faces. We’re a serious outfit, but we recognize good fun when we see it!

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith5. "Nou Met Led Me Nou La!" (We May Be Ugly, But We Are Here!)
When the disastrous earthquake devastated Haiti and its people, we interviewed Vodou priest and professor Patrick Bellegarde-Smith to gain a better sense of what wasn’t being reported in the news. What we got was a deeper sense of history, the lasting impact of colonialism, and the resolve of a people to survive and prosper.

6. White Mountain Milky Way
Time-lapse video almost always inspires.

Roger Ebert7. Roger Ebert’s Buddha Smile
Esquire's profile piece on the famed film critic grabbed the attention of many of our readers. Perhaps the post-surgery photos of him were the initial draw, but his compelling story and outlook on life reminded many of us about the hopeful uncertainty of life and all its charm.

How to be happy8. The Path to Happiness
Two charts that I’ve seen hanging on the doors of advertising executives.

9. Thinking of Anne Lamott As We Create a New Show
We dug deep into our archives to resurface an unheard segment from this beloved writer, and boy did our listeners respond.

10. Krista on Being
Many times it’s just as important to communicate with one’s internal partners as it is with one’s external audiences. A video in which Krista sits down with John Moe to answer questions about the name change with co-workers at Minnesota Public Radio.

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Top 10 Posts on SOF Observed

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

While editing the site for this week’s retrospective show, I compiled a short list of the top 10 posts read on this blog, SOF Observed. It’s always interesting to see what readers really click through and what they share:

  1. Rossini’s “Meow!” by “The Little Singers of Paris” (Trent Gilliss)
  2. Maps of Sin (Trent Gilliss)
  3. Reflections on a Name Change (Krista Tippett)
  4. John O’Donohue’s Landscape (Colleen Scheck)
  5. Confessions of a Yoga Convert (Krista Tippett)
  6. Les Freres de St Francis de la Sissies — Hallelujah! (Trent Gilliss)
  7. Producing Mindfully (Andy Dayton)
  8. Calvin and Hobbes: Math Is a Religion (Trent Gilliss)
  9. Bell Sound Mediation (Shubha Bala)
  10. Tools of the Mind (Nancy Rosenbaum)

Even though short and sweet seems to rule the day, composing blog entries requires us to write about topics that are relevant and meaningful — and bringing a smile to someone’s face isn’t a bad thing to do now and then either!

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