| Jun 3, 2021
Berzin Archives Report: March through May 2021
By Dr. Alexander Berzin | Founder and Author of Berzin Archives
Buddha Shakyamuni statue at the Mahabodhi Stupa
This spring, we have made impressive progress in translating content into our existing languages, as well as the eleven new languages launched more than a year ago. Overall, this quarter has seen eight new translations of articles every single day. We also continue to translate subtitles for our growing YouTube channel, allowing our multimedia content to reach people in every continent on the planet.
Recently, Google announced new metrics to rank page experience for end-users, and we have started the mammoth task of ensuring that our website’s content is up-to-date and follows all of the recommendations. This is vital work, so that we keep ranking consistently high on Google search and also so that our users have the best website experience on both desktop and mobile devices.
Our social media channels are exploding, as we race towards 50,000 followers on Facebook and 30,000 subscribers on YouTube. Our YouTube channel’s views are up 20% compared to the previous three-month period, as we add more titles, descriptions, and subtitles in our 32 languages.
Speaking of YouTube, we have two exciting video series coming up. First of all, we have our interview with Dr. Andrey Terentyev ready to be released shortly. In this fascinating series, Dr. Terentyev discusses the history of Buddhism in imperial Russia, opens up about Buddhist life during the Soviet era, and discusses the future of Buddhism in the region. After this, we will release an interview with Menri Trizin Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the Bön tradition and the abbot of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India.
Lastly, but by no means least, this May we celebrated five years since the rebirth of the Berzin Archives as Study Buddhism, the beautiful website you have all come to use and love. Through the immense effort and hard work of dozens of people across the world, we have added 11 new languages, now covering the whole of the traditional Buddhist world. These five years have seen 6500 new articles and translations go online (that’s 25 every single week!), 440 videos (more than 7 every month), and a staggering 7700 subtitle files. You, our donors, all help to make this possible. Thank you so much!
You’ll find all the details of what we’ve been up to in the bulleted list below. Here are some of our accomplishments over these last three months:
- Preparation and publication of 720 translations into our various languages
- Translation and addition of 163 subtitle files
- Copyediting of 41 English transcripts and files
- Transcription of 46 English audio files
- Transcription of 9 Tibetan audio files
- Publication of 15 advanced English articles on cognition theory (ways of knowing)
- Addition of further features in the content management system to facilitate editing of the various language section glossaries
- Improvement of the website’s database to facilitate editing articles on the website
- Further expansion of the functionality of the internal search engine and glossary search features
- Expansion of the multimedia icon feature on the website
- Addition of a currency converter feature on the donation page
- Adjustment of the display of Hebrew font
- Research and preparation for the upcoming Google algorithm update
- Editing of 20 videos of our interview with Dr. Andrey Terentyev, the founder of Narthang Publications Russia.
- Subtitling and addition to the Study Buddhism YouTube channel of the above-mentioned interview clips with Dr. Andrey Terentyev.
- Addition of related tags into YouTube’s backend system to make our videos easier to find.
- Continued input on YouTube of translated titles and descriptions for our video interviews.
- Addition of the video interviews of Dr. Andrey Terentyev, Geshe Dorji Damdul and Tashi Mannox onto our Vimeo channel (for Tibetan language users).
All of this hard work is made possible by your continuing generous support. Together, we shall “Make the Ageless Wisdom of Tibet Available to All.”