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Best of Colorburned – November 2008

by Grant Friedman

on December 2, 2008

in Monthly Reviews Site News

November was by far the biggest month this website has seen in terms of popularity and traffic.  I’ve been humbled and excited by the support that I have received from my readers and friends in the design community and am very excited to see what the future has in store for this site.

In this past, I’ve posted a monthly review of everything that has happened on this site.  This month, I’ve decided to try something a bit different and instead of simply re-posting what I’ve done on this site, I’ve recorded a few comments on video and have made some notes below.  I hope you enjoy this new feature and cut me a bit of slack as I get used to being on camera.  Feel free to leave your comments below; I am interested to know what you think about this format.


NEW SPONSOR!

First off, I’d like to thank my site’s first sponsor.  E.Webscapes is blog design studio operated by Lisa Sabin-Wilson.  The E.Webscapes team are certified WordPress Evangelists. In fact, Lisa literally wrote the book on WordPress. Don’t be fooled however, the E.Webscapes team are also experts with alternative blogging platforms such as Moveable Type, TypePad and Blogger as well.

I have used E.Webscapes’ services before and fully recommend them to any designer who needs help with HTML/CSS/Blog Implementation.  If you’re not a designer, that’s ok too.  E.Webscapes also offers design services as well.  Contact them today for more information!


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SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

As I said earlier, November was by far the best month that this website has seen in terms of traffic.  In fact, last month this site kicked down the door and set the old record on fire receiving 63,165 visits and nearly 130,000 page views.  That’s just a tad bit less than all the previous months combined.  While I owe much of that increase to this post, I have also seen considerable increases in this site’s daily traffic which is also great news.

While, I have also seen a considerable rise in daily traffic, the number of readers who view my site through their RSS reader has increased from just over 300 subscribers at the end of October to nearly 1,200 subscribers as of today; that’s a 4 fold increase for anyone keeping track.

Needless to say, I’m excited in the direction that this site is taking.  I am also excited about the future.  For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Flickr, you may have seen a new logo that I have been working on.  This is in anticipation for a major re-branding and website re-design which will hopefully take place over the next few months.  I will keep you all apprised of my progress.

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While I have been very active creating new content for this site, I have also been working on creating content for other sites as well.  Every month I write the VECTORTUTS “Best of the Web” article.  Feel free to check out the VECTORTUTS November Wrap Up and remember to let me know when you have a vector related tutorial, freebie or article that you’d like me to help promote.  I will make sure to save the link and consider it for that article.

In addition to the “Best of the Web” article I have created a number of vector freebies for VECTORTUTS which have yet to be published.  Look for them to be posted within the next couple of weeks.


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COLORBURNED CONTESTS

In addition to writing articles and creating exclusive content for other sites, I’ve also been sponsoring contests all around the web in an attempt to spread the word about this site as well as the Colorburned Shop and the high resolution premium textures available there.

I worked with Jay from Bittbox on a very successful texture give away on his site last month that received 476 entries; which from what I understand is now Bittbox’s second most-successful give away right behind the iPhone give away that he did last January to celebrate the site’s one-year anniversary.


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In addition to the Bittbox contest I also sponsored a contest on Just Creative Design that helped  raise $1,620 for the Blog Action Day Poverty Relief Fund.

If you would like Colorburned to sponsor a contest on your site feel free to contact me and pitch your idea.

BEST OF COLORBURNED – NOVEMBER 2008

Tutorials

Create a Burberry Style Plaid with Illustrator in 4 Steps


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Render an Anime Influenced Fashion Sketch


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Freebies

25 Seamless Polka Dot Pattern Swatches


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50 Krazy Kaleidoscope Doodad Vectors


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81 Amazing Argyle Illustrator Brushes


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Articles

127 RSS Feeds That All Designers Should Subscribe To


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Interviews

Meet Sean Hodge, Editor of PSDTUTS & VECTORTUTS


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Meet Abduzeedo Founder Fabio Sasso


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I also want to thank the top ten bloggers that linked to me during the month of November.  Without you guys my site would never have gotten off the ground.  Thank you guys, you are great!

  1. DesignM.ag
  2. VECTORTUTS
  3. ALT1040 (Not English)
  4. Vectips
  5. BILDIRGEC (Not English)
  6. Best Web Gallery
  7. Smashing Magazine
  8. The Design Cubicle
  9. Coliss (Not English)
  10. WebAppers

About Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.