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 April 2019. (These are shown above from left to right. Links to the full illustrations and posts follow.)
First “Most Popular” Post April 2019
“Beautiful Things” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This is one of my most favorite story posts featuring Emily. It was written as a follow-up to one of January’s “Most Popular” posts titled “Lost And Not Afraid.” It is about Emily’s thoughts and feelings about Amelia’s desire to fly away and see if she can be “lost and not afraid.” It is about letting go out of love.)
Second “Most Popular” Post April 2019
“Omelettes Or Cupcakes?” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This post explores the ability of chickens and other animals to instinctively know what kind of person someone is but also balances that with unconditional giving.)
Third “Most Popular” Post April 2019
“Remembering Blanche” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (Although the stats shows this as being in third place, it actually had just as many views as the first place post for April. It placed third, I believe, because it received many fewer likes because it was about Blanche’s death which happened on Easter Sunday. It’s the kind of post that people wonder “Should I click ‘like’ or not?” because it’s about something sad, the death of a beloved pet. Reading the many comments really touched my heart. Thank you so much.)
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!