I started out reading as an escape, then a chore, then a habit, then a luxury. Only now I’ve realized what a necessity it is.~Phoebe Waller-Bridge
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:
- Hiking in the Arboretum
- Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tourism
- Creative Juice #188
- Creative Juice #156
- Creative Juice #159
- Wordless Wednesday/ Flower of the Day: Lavender Daisies
- Creative Juice #171
- Sunday Trees/ Flower of the Day: Palo Verde Blossom
- Flower of the Day: Palo Verde Blossoms
- 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:
- Franz Schubert
- Interview with Author Paul Mosier
- The Red Priest
- Quiz: Are You 65+ Years Old and Cool?
- Mathew Brady, the Father of Photojournalism
- An Interview with Vesna Taneva-Miller
- Why Writers Should Review Books
- I’d Rather Be Dancing Greek Folk Dances
- Common Misconceptions About Creativity
- Fra Angelico, the Angelic Friar
- Review of Crazy Brave: A Memoir, by Joy Harjo
- NaPoWriMo Day Eight: Starting with a Line from Sylvia
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.
Three poems this week, some funny stuff, and some useful information, as well as beauty.
- Do you love horses?
- Do you miss cameras with film?
- A self-quarantine poem.
- A man lived in a shack for five years and did nothing but read. You will probably recognize his name if not his story.
- Beautiful Arizona quilts.
- More art-recreation.
- A whimsical NaPoWriMo poem.
- Dyeing with stuff you probably have in your kitchen.
- Do you take care of little kids all day? You’re going to love these tips.
- I found this marketing article very interesting.
- Warning: some of these are very sad. But most are LOL funny.
- Frances is the queen of organizing fabrics. Her sewing room sparks joy in my life.
A dozen neat things to enjoy this weekend.
- When plein air painting in the Arctic, you may want to fill your water brush with vodka or gin to lower their freezing points, and other hints.
- Did you get to the International Quilt Festival? No? The photos in this article are almost as good as being there in person.
- Good qualities for creative people to cultivate.
- Your childhood memories ruined forever.
- A poet tells the story behind her poem.
- Although other people may look better the more you have to drink, you look better to other people after you commit to sobriety. Need proof?
- An infographic on how the world reads.
- Master of caricature.
- How a boy’s comfort zone was squashed. And how long it took to get over it.
- Look at these great pictures this wildlife photographer captured.
- Why, if you want to draw people, a life drawing class is a good investment.
- Books that will make you the life of the party this Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey Day! Don’t forget to give thanks to God.
- Beautiful fungi.
- You become more skillful as a result of practice. One watercolorist’s story.
- Kinetic art made out of paper.
- Advice you can take even if you’re older than 21. You’re never too late to grow wise.
- How to write 12 books in 12 months.
- Helpful resources for the journey called Life.
- Wish your exercise routine could make you more creative? Think color.
- Crumpled art.
- I’ve only seen a few of these, and some of them were hard to watch, but this list of classic movies is noteworthy.
- I wish I’d seen this article before we remodeled our home. . .
- This article is from a few years ago, but the reasons to read and suggested books are still compelling.
- Some sketches from Amsterdam (and links to lots more).
Articles curated especially to enhance your creativity.
- Amazing sand sculpture.
- Fabulous graffiti festival.
- Beautiful photographs of birds.
- Try out these reading nooks with me.
- A different kind of tutu.
- I still reread/rewatch Hunger Games every chance I get.
- What books were in the running for the Great American Read?
- What do you have to do to be an Instagram star? Apparently be full of fluff.
- I participated in Inktober2018 along with thousands of other artists. Here are some offerings from Rohvannyn Shaw.
- Ever want to hand-make a special little card for someone?
- Embroidered portraits featuring long, flowing hair.
- Lovely (?) miniatures.