Great question! I’d probably need a lot more time to properly reflect on this, but my introduction to the 30 mosques project and my own personal learning about Islam through this project have moved me deeply. My writing about the politics of study abroad comes to mind too because these posts address thoughts that are often shared by colleagues who are employed by others, but because they fear speaking up (whether it is simply human nature or worry about job security/promotion/tenure in a difficult economy) they do not ruffle feathers.
Some of my favorite stories also relate to interviews that I’ve done in person or via skype. Everyone has a story or book in them – few take the time or have the strength to share it. My favorites tend to be what people respond to (positively or otherwise.) One of my favorites posts talks about “the sprint vs the marathon” of the academic year. People who work in academia know exactly what this means and really appreciated being acknowledged when they’re at the end of the marathon but feel they won’t last another 1/2 mile to get to commencement day. When you connect with others and build a bond, it always feels positive and encourages me to write another day.