The beginning of a new year seems to be a good time to look back on the old and look forward to the new, and so some type of retrospective of our illustration and story posts also seems appropriate.
For me, it’s a chance to see what was successful (or not). If something resonates with readers, then I have a better feeling of being on the right track. For new readers, it’s a chance to catch up with some of the most popular posts here. For those of you who have been reading for a while, there may be something you missed or might like to revisit.
After employing a rather complicated mathematical formula along with the very reliable and soon-to-be-patented “Chicken Peck Selector,” these are the most popular posts from March 2019. (These are shown above from left to right. Links to the full illustrations and posts follow.)
March was a turning point for illustration style. It was necessary to change drawing style and tools to improve printing quality. (This was the month that I began working on the illustrations for the book “Seasons Of Friendship.”)
First “Most Popular” Post March 2019
“True Iridescence” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (At this point during the year, I realized I had not really featured Emily in a story. This is one of my most favorite posts because it shows Emily’s sweet and sensitive heart.)
Second “Most Popular” Post March 2019
“Life Questions” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This post did not include any dialog text like “True Iridescence” or other standard story posts. This was more of a reflection on life. It separates “my life which I have been given” from “my life which I have made.” We may not have been given what we consider the best of lives, but have we made the best of it that we can?)
Third “Most Popular” Post March 2019
“Pearl’s Life Coaching Flowchart #2” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (There were only two Pearl’s Life Coaching Flowcharts in 2019, and it wasn’t until I did this retrospective that I realized how popular they were. This one seems to sum up nicely Pearl’s entire outlook on life: Jump For Joy!)
It would be difficult for me to select a personal favorite from these three because each is so different, but I did enjoy re-reading “Pearl’s Life Coaching Flowchart #1.” It highlights how Pearl never gives up. Thanks for joining me on this retrospective of our illustration and story posts. I have enjoyed this chance to look back and see what you as readers enjoyed the most!