ARHtistic License: 2017 in Review

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ARHtistic License: 2017 in Review

When I set my goals for my blog for this year, I hoped I’d reach the 350-follower mark.

I’m thrilled to say I made it a few days ago. It’s silly to set a goal that’s completely out of my control (relying solely on you, dear readers, to actually click the follow button), but I am gratified nonetheless. Thank you, all of you, for your kindness to me. I will try to deserve your readership by writing more of the kind of stuff you like to read. (Your suggestions are welcome! Share in the comments.) My readership goal for 2018 is 600. You can help me make that goal by sharing (through Facebook, Twitter, Google +, email, etc.) any of my posts that you think might interest your friends. Thanks!

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My Top Ten Posts of 2017 (in terms of views). Have you seen all of these?

10. Phoenix Art Museum

9. #DC339: In the Holiday Spirit This post, as well and #6, #4, #3 and #2, are responses to a Zentangle challenge. I’ve written before about challenges being a good way to find new readers for your blog (as well as more blogs for you read!) The zentanglers have surpassed even the photographers in their support of ARHtistic License. (My photochallenge posts have always made the top ten before now.)

8. How to Practice the Piano: Doh! Donányi My thoughts on a particularly difficult piano exercise book.

7. Creative Juice 56

6. #DC344: Afterglow

5. The Magic of Landscape Architecture About the transformation of our yard.

4. Inktober Day 24: A Composite One drawing, entered in three different challenges.

3. Cozy

2. Diva Challenge #334

  1. Serb Fest I was not expecting that my photo essay about a local ethnic festival would be my #1 post written in 2017. I thought my dance friends would be interested in the beautiful costumes the Serbian dance groups wore, so I posted it on my folkdance group’s Facebook page. My daughter forwarded a link to her Bosnian friend, and I think somehow it circulated among the Serbian-American community.IMG_1257

My biggest surprise is that three of my blog posts from last year had as many views in 2017 as my top three above did. They are: Jan van Eyck’s The Crucifixion and the Last Judgment: Painted by a Committee, Ballet Feet, and Go Mobile.

One step I might take next year is to chose a new WordPress “theme” (it’s like a blog template). Even though last year I upgraded to a “premium” blogsite, I kept my free theme because I like it and I’m very comfortable with it. However, it doesn’t have the functionality of the premium themes. Switching up might also mean a huge learning curve for me. Any bloggers out there have a suggestion for me?

On New Year’s Day I’ll share my progress on my other writing, art, dance, and music goals, as well as sharing my creative goals for 2018. See you then!

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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