5 Years of ARHtistic License

5 Years of ARHtistic License

I missed my own blog birthday! On June 3, ARHtistic License turned five years old.

My goal for ARHtistic License is that it would be a place where creative people would come together to celebrate the arts and discuss the creative process. A year ago, AL had 683 subscribers; today it has 941, an increase of almost 38%. I’m happy about that growth. I’m on track to hit 1000 subscribers before the end of 2020. Are you a subscriber yet?

Here are the ten most popular posts on ARHtistic License in the past year, based on the number of “likes” they earned:

  1. Hiking in the Arboretum
  2. Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tourism
  3. Creative Juice #188
  4. Creative Juice #156
  5. Creative Juice #159
  6. Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Lavender Daisies
  7. Creative Juice #171
  8. Sunday Trees/ Flower of the Day: Palo Verde Blossom
  9. Flower of the Day: Palo Verde Blossoms
  10. Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Flowering Cactus


Nine of these posts fall in one of two categories: photo challenges and curated articles (Creative Juice). The outlier, “Hiking in the Arboretum,” is a photography-heavy post, more of a photo essay. So, should I focus on photography and reading recommendations, since these are the kinds of things that my readers apparently like? It would certainly free up a lot of my time, since those kinds of posts can be generated fairly quickly.

In contrast, here are what I consider to be some of my very best posts this year, in no particular order, which received very few likes:

Are these articles dull? Should I avoid spending time on posts like these?

Please help me. What would you like to see more of on ARHtistic License? What would you like less of? If you read a blog post you like and there’s a “Like” button, do you click it? If not, why not? I’d love feedback on all the questions that appear in bold throughout this article. Please comment below.

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.

8 responses »

  1. After looking at the list again, I probably missed a few that looks interesting. I’ve had problems w/my emails, for a few weeks they were going to spam folder which I normally did not check until the one day I did and had over 1K emails there. I just deleted and now check it every day.

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