What is The Atma Jyoti Blog?
The About page tells us that this is the blog of the Atma Jyoti Ashram, a small ashram for men in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. They’re devoted to the practice and teaching of Sanatana Dharma and they’re also dedicated to living the traditional Hindu monastic life.
The Atma Jyoti Blog uses a 3 column WordPress theme with the content in the middle. The overall feel is austere, just right for a religious order’s blog. They have 10 posts per page. I’d recommend cutting this back to 5 posts or going with an excerpted home page style theme like Visionary that I’m using here. This would improve page load performance and may help search optimization.
Navigation is well laid out. You can easily find links that will answer your questions about their views. The only glitch I found here was the sitemap link was 404. They may want to consider using the Dagon Design Sitemap Generator plugin.
Monetization is a single block of Amazon widget that advertises books pertaining to their beliefs. This is a good way to obtain funding for their site. If their beliefs permit it, they might also want to add in PayPal donation links.
They do not allow comments on their site. I generally don’t agree with this policy and I no longer review blogs that have this policy. However, Swami Tarakananda requested this review before I had this policy. I think it would be good for them to open up to comments but perhaps they simply want to avoid divisive religious arguments.
Obviously, their content is based around their religious beliefs. Some of it was a little on the deep side for me but they mix it well with humor and photos with some easier to digest articles.
In Who or What is Satan? they examine their thoughts on this aspect of religious beliefs.
They also have a few cartoon posts, like this one Misplaced Priorities, that are funny yet teach a spiritual lesson.
The blog is well done for a religious site. It’s informative and entertaining without being overly dogmatic. It could use a few minor tweaks but what site doesn’t?
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If you would like your site reviewed by me for free, just like Swami Tarakananda did, use my Free Blog Review page to request one. Since I’ve gotten quite a back log I’m going to be doing two at a time spaced out about every 4-5 posts until I get caught up.