A Happy New Year to all High Peaks Pure Earth readers!
2014 was the sixth full year of translations and blog postings on High Peaks Pure Earth, thank you all for reading, commenting, supporting, sharing and getting in touch.
2014 was also the year we started to feature more than translations, the eminent Jonathan Mirsky wrote several book reviews for us and Tibetan scholars such as Yangdon Dhondup kindly submitted contributions. New translators also joined the team and we were lucky to have Palden Gyal and Dhonling Bhu’s help, our special thanks to them as well as to our anonymous translators.
We’re happy to see so many readers stay with us, not only here but also on our Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus pages.
Here is a quick round-up of our blogposts that were popular over 2014:
1. The most read postings on High Peaks Pure Earth in 2014 were our regular translations of prominent writer Woeser’s blog. As regular readers will know, Woeser is the most prolific, and productive, Tibetan blogger on the internet and this general link to her articles is one of the most-clicked links on the site: http://highpeakspureearth.com/category/woeser/
Woeser’s most read post was July’s “Discussing the Reasons why Tibetans are Destroying their Knives and other Weapons”. Over 2014, the next most read articles by Woeser on High Peaks Pure Earth were “Tibetans Walking Out of the Flames Towards Lhasa”, “Tibetan Buddhism Designed by the CCP” and “Remembering Exiled Tibetan Activist Chungdak Koren”.
Readers also showed their concern for Woeser and her husband Wang Lixiong in the number of clicks for the post which announced their house arrest in July 2014.
2. The music videos on High Peaks Pure Earth continued to prove popular. By far the most popular was “An Offering To You” by Tsewang Lhamo, followed by “Life Long Lamp” by Gar Samdup Tsering, “Steps of Snow” by Tsewang Lhamo (again!) and Hortsang Lhalung Tso and “Tibetan Joy and Sorrow” By Dezom.
3. Two posts by leading thinkers in Tibet attracted readers, both “An Urgent Call for the Protection and Preservation of Tibetan Language” by Khenpo Tsultrim Lodoe and “Conflict and Resolution: A Response to Liu Junning” by Shokjang were widely read.
4. Readers were keen to read posts by Jamyang Kyi, her important thoughts on contemporary Tibetans society were in “The Impact of the So-Called Ten Virtues” and “Women and Their Ornamentation”.
5. Finally, the Summer and Winter Reading Lists hopefully inspired people to read or even to write!
Those were the highlights of our 2014, stay with us in 2015! Happy New Year!