2 Year Anniversary + Huge Giveaway Celebration

2 Year Anniversary + Huge Giveaway Celebration

Blogs rarely last very long. They age more in dog years than human years, so making it two full years feels like quite an accomplishment. I’m stoked with the progress the site has made and the support from the design community and my sponsors. I’m shocked and humbled it’s already been a full year since the birth of my son, which I shared about in my 1st year anniversary post. He’s healthy and amazingly energetic, he makes me smile constantly, and is just a blessing in the truest sense of the word. Below is a little glimpse of what I mean :)

Timmy's 1st Birthday

Some MIB Tidbits, Facts and Musings

I love checking out other blog’s milestone/anniversary posts. It’s nice to see how far they’ve come and where they are headed. In my last anniversary post, I missed the opportunity to share some numbers with you, so I don’t want to make that mistake again. In a style inspired by Little Box of Idea’s Anniversary Post, here are some tidbits, facts and musings about MIB’s first two years.

  • MIB’s most viewed post remains Design with Swirls and Flourishes with over 305,000 views.
  • Yes, I do realize most people associate MIB with Men in Black, but I’m lazy enough to still use the acronym quite often.
  • I started MyInkBlog’s Facebook Page on December 6, 2009. It now has 761 fans (likes, followers, or whatever facebook decided to do with that?)
  • The name MyInkBlog is a play on words from ink blot to ink blog thanks to a little help from my wife. InkBlog.com was taken so MyInkBlog became the name of choice.
  • MIB has published over 265 posts from 31 different authors, and we are always on the lookout for new talented contributors.
  • There have been over 4,995 published comments from you guys. The first such comment was from April DeStefano, a friend of mine.
  • Akismet has saved me the burden of looking through over 56,000 spam comments. Wow, I love that plugin!
  • Twitter has proven to be more helpful than my wildest expectations, which isn’t all that impressive considering my early skepticism. MIB now has over 5,800 followers and has been listed 616 times. If you aren’t already, I’d love if you follow along.
  • I received a tshirt for my post on Adobe Kuler from the folks at Adobe. A gift that my geeky side rejoiced about for long enough to make it a running joke amongst my wife an I.
  • MIB’s RSS feed climbed over 10,000 a couple times this month, and is currently at just over 9,700 right now.
  • MIB averages about 6,000 page views daily. The record day was 39,840 set back on May 25, 2009 thanks to the Stumble Effect on 10 Awesome Free Handwritten Fonts.
  • Over the past year I have developed a real distaste for list posts and have made a conscious effort not to waste your time or mine with more posts like “458 Websites with Purple Robots” (although come to think of it, that may be pretty cool).
  • Allowing BuySellAds to manage my advertising was one of the best decisions I’ve made with this blog. Time saved is invaluable!

The Huge Giveaway

I promised a huge giveaway, and thanks to some awesome sponsors I’m going to deliver. Two successful years in the blogging world doesn’t come without lots of loyal readers. I could think of no better way to thank you folks, than to give away some incredible gifts. So here is what is up for grabs.

2 Copies of David Airey’s Book – Logo Design Love

Logo Design Love

An awesome book by David Airey that explores logos and branding identity. You can read my thoughts on this book in the review that I wrote.

2 Copies of Billings


Billings is a fantastic invoicing solution at a reasonable price. They’ve just added an iPhone app making it even more convenient. For more info, check out the review of Billings that I wrote.

3 Licenses of Pixelmator


Pixelmator is a very nice Photoshop alternative at a much better price. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it does have more than enough to do most jobs, and the interface is slick.

3 Licenses of Brush Pilot

Brush Pilot

Brush Pilot is a fast and easy application for previewing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements Brushes, built exclusively for Mac.

3 Copies of Digging Into WordPress

Digging Into WordPress

Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr’s comprehensive book on building WordPress sites.

5 Cloud Pack Textures from Brian Iannone

Cloud Pack 001

This is a premium set of 24 awesome cloud textures.

$9.99 Vector Pack of Your Choice

Go Media Vector Pack

Go Media has some of the best premium vector packs out there.

3 Copies of the Smashing Book

Smashing Book

The Smashing Book is a printed book about best practices in modern Web design.

How To Enter

I wanted to keep the entry into this contest as simple as possible so the focus stays on thanking all of you. To enter simply drop me a comment below to be eligible to win any of the prizes. That being said, I’d still love it if you friended MyInkBlog on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribed to the RSS feed. The winners will be chosen at random by mysql queries. The deadline to enter is June 7th, 2010, after that point commenting on this post will be turned off. I will announce the winners in a followup post.

About the Author

Andrew is a primary contributer for MyInkBlog. He is a full time web developer for Niagara University. When he's not working there, he's a blogger, twitter'er, wordpress'er, silverstripe advocate, blessed father and husband.

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  • http://www.puppetkaos.com Kelvin Kao

    Congrats! Two years is not a long time for certain things but certainly is an accomplishment in itself for blogs. I first found out about this blog when someone linked to a tutorial here, and I was immediately drawn by all the images here, even though I am not much of a design person. Keep up with the good work!

  • http://www.creationsdunet.fr daniel aka Tanaka13

    Happy anniversary Andrew!

  • http://www.danieleliberati.com/ Daniele

    Awesome giveaway!

  • ahmad abboushi

    Happy anniversary Andrew
    Hope that your blog become better every year
    thank you

  • Kyle

    Love the posts. Congratulations on 2 years.

  • http://n/a Guy C

    Congratulations on your sites anniversary. I havn’t been following your blog for long but I find it very helpful.

  • Brad

    Great giveaway! Congrats on two years!

  • Rick

    Happy anniversary Andrew
    I’ve always been a fan of your site

  • http://blog.purebox.org purebox

    Awesome articles.

  • http://vasdegua.blogspot.com/ Omar

    Hey congratulations.

  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    Congrats on this successful website.

  • http://www.webdesign-gm.co.uk Website Design Bristol

    Logo design Love! Pick me!


  • Maria João

    Happy Anniversary! And thanks for the giveaway :)

  • http://www.theallin1der.com Allin1der

    Wow. I would LOVE this to start my collection of design literature! Happy Anniversary! I hope to be a great blogging designer too soon!

  • http://www.dcypher.co.uk Steve Webster

    Congrats, your blog is awesome.

  • http://www.cagrioner.com Cagri Oner

    Happy anniversary and great way of celebration!

  • Nils

    looking forward to the next two years!

  • sean

    Happy Anniversary! Awesome blog –
    their is good reason to why you have a huge following and readership :)
    Thanks and may you have much continued success!

  • http://www.rachilli.co.uk Rachel

    Wow, 2 years! Well done, it’s easy to see from the stats that you’ve done extremely well :)

    I’ve been a follower of the blog since roughly February (not sure how I hadn’t heard of MIB before that!) The site has been an invaluable resource for me and is definitely one of the fresher design blogs of 2010!

    Good luck for all the future – I hope the blog only continues to develop and grow as it has done over the past 2 years :)

  • http://www.designjuices.co.uk jared thompson

    wow you’ve come so far in two years and im super blessed and happy to be a part of mib, with my guest posts :)

  • http://davidg.ro/ davidg

    congrats & happy anniversary! :)

  • http://www.designhobo.com Bree

    Happy Anniversary! I love this blog!

  • http://perishablepress.com/ Jeff Starr

    Congrats on your Second Anniversary!

    Pass the tequila! :)

  • Dungol

    Happy Anniversary! And thanks for the giveaway :)

  • http://www.ninc.at Philipp Hummer

    nice giveaway packs, well, would love to win some:)
    (and thanks for all those effords over these 2 years, highly appriciated!:)

  • Matt L.

    You’ve always produced great content.. keep doing what you do!

  • http://vgal.info Veronica Davis

    Some pretty cool stuff! I’ve never heard of Pixelmator before. Following, subscribed (I just stumbled on yo your blog for the first time – love it) and friended ;) I’m not a designer by trade, but a freelance writer (and SEO/social media)… so if I somehow win (I’m not a very lucky person) – I’d like to pass on the logo design and graphic sets (Let a designer who will use them more have them). I’ll gladly take the WP book, pixelmator or billings, though! :)

  • http://www.katerconcepts.nl Joffrey Kater

    Gefeliciteerd! Congratulations!

    Keep up the good work!!

  • http://nloureiro.com Nuno

    Congrats!!!! 2 years it´s great thing, keep up the good work and thkxs for the awesome articles….

  • http://refreshrenewexplore.com Rachel

    Congratulations! I always enjoy your blog posts. What a great way to celebrate!!

  • http://jacobsowinski.com Jacob

    Congratulations on the anniversary!

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    I’m blown away by the awesome response to this post. Sure the giveaway may account for most of these :) but it’s nice nonetheless. Thanks again everyone, and good luck on the giveaway!

  • Matteo

    Thanks for the contest, I hope I win :)

  • http://nenuno.co.uk/ Daniel

    Two years! Excellent content to boot. Heres for another 2 years myinkblog!

  • http://www.simalam.com Adam Malamis

    Two years and almost 5000 comments! I bet you’ve cleared that mark with this post alone :) Congrats!

  • Kushal Chap

    Thanks for this cool giveaway

  • http://weblogbetter.com Kiesha @ We Blog Better

    Wow! Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! 2 years might not sound like a lot to some, but in the blogosphere – that’s an awesome accomplishment!
    I wish you many more! Follow you on Twitter, now!

  • John Green

    I just recently stumbled upon your site and it has some amazing tutorials. I hope to win this contest, too. :)
    Happy 2nd anniversary!

  • LaToya

    congrats on two years :D nice giveaway! hope i win a book or pixelmater!

  • Lester Ho

    Congratz on the 2 years!!
    Great Giveaway especially the Smashing Book :)

  • Nigel

    Congrats on the 2 years!

  • http://www.aaaphoto.com chuck

    Happy 2nd anniversary!

  • http://www.pekoe.se matteth

    Great prizes! Congrats!

  • Maddy

    Congratulations! I love this blog.

  • Virgilio

    Happy anniversary :D

  • http://www.appleheadwebdesign.com jessica rodgers

    Congrats. Great giveaway.

  • Rhett

    2 whole years AND a new child?! Congratulations!

  • Erik Berger

    Congratulations! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • http://www.free-ebooks.gr Dimitris S.

    Great giveaway! Happy anniversary!!

  • http://www.vectelligence.com Ilie Ciorba


  • mastersson

    Happy Anniversary & Great Giveaway!

  • http://shutterskills.com Rish

    Congrats on the anniversary of the best design blog I found ever!

  • Zach


  • Joe

    Congratulations!! Great Site really like what you are doing with it!! Keep it up!!

  • http://bencarr.net Ben Carr

    Congratulations on the anniversary!