A couple months ago, I was totally taken by surprise when I realized that GraphicDesignBlender.com turned five years old!
In the Spring (U.S.) of 2009, I bought the domain and started writing. And now, five years later, here we all are.
In the last five years, GDB has grown from one writer to a team of amazing and talented writers. We’ve gone from zero community to a group of well-rounded, super smart, entertaining readers who are doing amazing things in the world.
And none of it would be possible without you.
And after five years of support, comments, interaction on social media, and more, running a giveaway just doesn’t seem like quite enough to genuinely thank you for everything you do and everything you are. But let me just say:
I sincerely love having you here.
I would be lost without this community.
And you’re changing the lives of thousands of other freelance designers around the world as you leave comments, interact on facebook, and spread GDB content around the web.
Thank you so much.
Celebrate with giveaways!
Ok, enough of that!
To celebrate the occasion, I’ve partnered up with some really great people today to bring you five fantastic giveaways:
- Baron Fig (My new favorite sketchbook/notebook.)
- Brent Galloway from Your Freelance Career (Former GDB writer and author of Start Your Freelance Career.)
- ThemeFuse (Makers of beautiful wordpress themes.)
- ReliablePSD.com (from Lou and David who have both contributed to the blog and helped immensely in its growth.)
- Stoked (Ok, we didn’t have to “partner” with ourselves, but you’ll see what this is about at the end.)
Keep reading to learn how to enter and win! Each prize has a different way to enter, so watch for each entry method at the end of each prize description.
Prize #1: One of THREE Sketchbooks from Baron Fig.
When Baron Fig reached out to me a few months ago to see if I’d like a complimentary sketchbook, I was skeptical. I’m very picky about my sketchbooks, journals, etc. (Are you too?) But I agreed to have them mail a copy to my house and then I forgot about them.
When the package arrived I wasn’t expecting it. I opened it up and inside the dirty yellow padded envelope was the most gorgeous notebook-sized box I’d ever seen. I proceeded to unwrap and open the box and every time I made it through a new layer of packaging I was pleasantly surprised (think Apple-level packaging).
When I finally got the box open, I pulled out the most beautiful, grey-fabric-wrapped notebook with a yellow ribbon bookmark.
It was gorgeous.
I’ve spent the last few months using the notebook and I can tell you it’s as great to use as it is beautiful.
So I reached out to them asking if I could do a giveaway here at GDB. Mind you, they aren’t paying me to say these nice things. I’ve genuinely been converted to this notebook. It’s amazing.
And today, I’m giving away THREE different notebooks.
1. One with blank paper
2. One with dotted grid paper (this is my personal favorite)
3. One with lined paper
If you win one of these notebooks, prepare to be amazed. Seriously.
Prize #2: One of TWO copies of Start Your Freelance Career
My good friend and colleague Brent Galloway used to write for this blog. His content was always over-the-top helpful and fun to read.
Just recently, Brent left GDB to start his own endeavor, My Freelance Career. It’s a blog all about freelancing. And the content Brent is writing is fabulous.
Brent has also released an all-new ebook bundle to go with his blog with the fitting title Start Your Freelance Career.
I’ve read the ebook and it’s packed with the kind of valuable content you’d expect from Brent.
Today, I’m giving away two free copies of his ebook bundle. If you win one of these two bundles, get ready for your freelance career to jump to the next level!
(I should also mention that later this month, members of Stoked will receive a discount code for Brent’s book. So if you don’t win, hang tight. Stoked will have you covered.)
Prize #3: One of THREE Premium WordPress Themes from ThemeFuse
You have probably heard of ThemeFuse. They have a great reputation as the best in the field of creating premium themes for WordPress. To celebrate our fifth birthday, they’re offering a free premium WordPress theme to three lucky GDB readers.
With so many to choose from, if you win this prize, you’ll seriously be stumped. It’ll be hard to choose just one.
I should also mention that if you want to get 15% off ANY of the themes at ThemeFuse, guess what: Stoked has got you covered.
Prize #4: Free PSD to HTML from Reliable PSD
My good friends Lou and David at ReliablePSD reached out to me a while ago and I can’t tell you how excited I am that they’ve started a new PSD-to-HTML company. They have always done great work together and I can’t wait to see what comes out of this new endeavor for them.
And because David and Lou love GDB so much, they’ve agreed to give one lucky winner a completely free, 100% on-the-house PSD to HTML design.
This is totally top-of-the-line stuff. You can use this prize for that personal project you’ve been putting off or pass the saving right along to your client. The choice is yours.
Prize #5: One free year of membership at Stoked
Last, but certainly not least, we’re celebrating our fifth birthday by offering a free ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP to our new members-only site, Stoked.
The all-new Stoked community is closed right now (more spots opening on April 15th) and inside, we’ve been having a ball. Free and deeply discounted ebooks and guides, member forums, videos, audio interviews, and tons of perks make Stoked a fantastic resource for fueling your design business.
HOW TO WIN one of our five prizes
Alright, enough with the talk. Let’s get down to business, right? How can you enter to win one of these amazing prizes?
Here’s all you have to do (pick one, two, or all three. Your odds go up with each method of entry):
1. Leave a comment on this post telling us something impactful you’ve gained from GDB in the last 5 years (and tell us which prize you prefer).
2. Tweet about this post by clicking here and tell us which prize you’re most excited about.
3. Sign up for our Stoked waiting list by clicking here and entering your email address. We reopen the doors for limited enrollment at Stoked next week where you can get tons of freebies, quality ebooks and guides, plus perks from some of the prize sponsors from this post as well!
I just can’t say it enough: thank you.
You are what makes working at GDB so exciting and worthwhile.
Here’s to another fantastic five years!