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 June 2019. (These are shown above from left to right. Links to the full illustrations and posts follow.)
First “Most Popular” Post June 2019
“Just Farm Animals (Part 2)” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This illustration is one of my favorites because of the way it expresses fear from a little chicken’s perspective. In the story, the crows are allegorical characters representing people and things in the world which may influence us to think that we are not good enough and that others have it better than we do. This story is about those times when we feel “if I only had…” or “if I could only do…” Ravens, relatives of American crows, will actually turn out to play a helpful role in this story later on.)
Second “Most Popular” Post May 2019
“Emily’s Summer Drawing Camp (Part 3)” read it in full here if you’d like. (This post was another favorite from Summer Drawing Camp series. I like how it shows Emily’s growing self-confidence which is often an outcome for any artistic or creative activity…for chickens or for children.)
Third “Most Popular” Post May 2019
“My Inventive Miss Bessie” You can read it in full here if you’d like. (This post is one of my favorites because of the dialog with Bessie. I love how she takes everything so seriously and, as in this post, so literally when it comes to the word “popsicle.” It just goes to show you…put a chicken in a chef’s hat and apron, and there’s no telling what will happen! While this was one of the shortest story posts ever, I was glad to see it was so popular, and this was likely due to Bessie’s strong and lovable personality.)
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!