It’s hard to believe, but we’re ONE year old today! And what a year it’s been too! So rather than rehash the site stats or most popular articles, I think we’ll throw a party and hand out some gifts. Plus, you can see those stats and articles in my post titled “2007: A Great Year of Photography and Blogging.”

You guys are the best audience ever. You’re actually more of a community than an audience, and I’m really blessed to be surrounded by so many great people. To show my appreciation, I’ll be handing out some cool prizes to you guys.


I’ll announce four different prizes over the next four days, starting tomorrow. If you want to have a chance at that gift, just drop a COMMENT ON THE SPECIFIC GIFT ANNOUNCEMENT POST and let me know you want it. Only those who enter themselves will be included in the raffle, so don’t forget to leave the comment! Here are the four prizes being handed out:

So if any of these things are of interest to you, click through to the page and read the directions for the raffle entry.


Prizes will be raffled off, and each comment you leave (and those you’ve already left) for the entire month of January will count as one raffle ticket. This is why it’s important to let me know that you want the prize given for that particular day, because then I have to keep track of your comments and mark you down for an entry into that raffle. You can enter into as many prizes as you want, but you can only win one.

Prizes will be raffled off in early February. If you win one of them, you won’t be eligible for the remaining raffles. So don’t enter for the prizes that you really don’t want. If you don’t win the first one, your entries will carry over into the next raffle.

So keep your eye on the blog and subscribe to the feed if you haven’t already. The prize posts over the next four days won’t be showing up on the front page, so make sure you check the recent posts in the sidebar or keep up via the feed.


If anybody else wants to contribute to the prize pool and extend the giveaway, contact me by email with your idea. It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive, and I’ll post your gift on day 5, 6, 7, etc and give you full credit for contributing. It would certainly be appreciated, but it’s not expected of anyone — the main idea of this birthday party is to GIVE OUT some presents!

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Whoo hoo! I love presents!

Nice way to encourage more reader interaction as well :D

And purely because I’m too lazy to send an email, is your workmate still considering thinning out his gear? Or has he decided to hang on to it a bit longer?

January 12, 2008 10:54 pm

Everybody loves presents! And yes, I’m certainly curious how this will effect the number of comments!

I’ll give the boss-man a little nudge about the camera gear. He had a lot of family visiting over the holidays, so I think he kind of pushed it off to the side.

January 13, 2008 12:16 am

thanks for giving back to your readers. you have a great blog

January 13, 2008 12:42 am

Thanks Nick! It’s the least I can do for pushing those ads in front of your faces!

January 13, 2008 12:47 am


January 13, 2008 1:30 am

Great idea! And I’m not saying it just because I want to win stuff either :)

January 13, 2008 1:33 am

…though that is certainly a part of it (gratuitous raffle ticket generating self-post follow up – feel free to delete).

January 13, 2008 1:35 am

Happy birthday wishes and congratulations on a HUGE first year!

January 13, 2008 3:21 am

Thanks Anthea! It certainly has been a big one. Probably 5-10 times bigger than I had expected.

January 13, 2008 3:48 am

Congratulations Brian, here’s to more success.

January 13, 2008 6:12 am

Thanks for this cute idea :-)

January 13, 2008 6:17 am

Congratulations Brian, let’s hope there’e more years to come!

January 13, 2008 7:50 am

I have subscribed to your feed for some months now and continue to enjoy it. Many blogs are the tired same old stuff; however, yours continues to be fresh. Please keep up the good work.
Stay groovy!

January 13, 2008 11:30 am

Happy Birthday to EPICEDITS!

Looks like only a few days distance from both of us to be 1 year. ;)

January 13, 2008 2:41 pm

Epic Edits turns one and what a great year !

Thank you for the wonderful blog and the motivation and all the best for the years to come

January 13, 2008 3:54 pm

Congratulations, Brian! In the short time I’ve been reading your blog, I’ve learned a lot. Keep up the great work. I’ll keep an eye out for the birthday gifts. I’m actually having a birthday (much more than 1 year, unfortunately) in a few weeks; perhaps I can snag an early birthday present. :-)

January 13, 2008 6:04 pm

Happy Birthday, and Pick Me, Pick me!!

Great blog and information. Thanks for the tutorials and information.


January 13, 2008 9:54 pm

Cool idea! I would love to win a “FLICKR PRO” account :)

January 14, 2008 12:14 am

Happy Blog Birthday, Brian. You’ve certainly built a great community around your site. Kudos to you! Look forward to your 2nd year of blogging and wishing you all the best!!!

January 14, 2008 1:02 am

Happy birthday to Epic Edits!
I don’t know how you do it, but thank you for keeping up with constant fresh update on your blog!

January 14, 2008 9:35 am

Happy Big Number One!

January 14, 2008 11:02 am

Happy Birthday to the blog and Rex. Keep up the excellent work. Give Rex a birthday kiss for me.

January 14, 2008 11:31 am

Thanks Dad, will do! I’m surprised to see you out surfing the Internet with your lightning fast dial-up connection!

January 14, 2008 12:39 pm

Just wanted to say great way to celebrate your site’s birthday. Fun twist.

January 14, 2008 12:59 pm

Happy birthday, Brian! It’s been awesome seeing this grow…here’s to more years to come! :)

January 14, 2008 5:45 pm

Its one year already Brian – I’ve been following you for over 2 months now and the best part about your blog is the insight it gives me to take better pictures ;-). Have just started with my DSLR and the photophlowing also and hell yes, a FLICKR PRO account is all that I’d want to get started rightaway.

January 14, 2008 9:59 pm

Brilliant idea you have. Congrats!
I love presents, but I love food even more, LOL~~
As a token of good will – I wish Epicedits make it to the top five in Technorati ranking. ^^

January 15, 2008 5:13 am

LOL! I don’t know if I’d want to make the top five in Technorati! It sounds like a lot of work!

January 15, 2008 5:17 am

Wow, I just discovered your site and love it! I think I am gonna be staying up late tonight reading! An aspiring hobbyist is exactly what I am. Giveaway? Free stuff? Seems I got here right in time!

January 15, 2008 7:34 pm

Happy birthday, Epic Edits! It’s amazing, what you’ve done with this, Brian.

January 16, 2008 5:28 am

Happy late birthday! This blog and everyone’s work is amazing! :)

January 16, 2008 3:39 pm

Happy birthday! I want presents now!

January 17, 2008 10:11 am

All we have to do is leave a comment?

Great! I’d have the Flickr account, as the others ones are harder to ship (you have an international audience reading your blog!!!)

January 17, 2008 7:41 pm

I’ll leave a comment just because. Well not really. I won a gold fish when I was a kid and would like to expand my booty. I’ve been a hobbyist since high school (I’m 56 now) and I just fell into a professional portrait gig for the first time. I start Monday. More than a little nervous, I’ll be working with a team that includes award winners, degree holders and folks with a lifetime in the biz. Wish me luck. Love this blog.

January 17, 2008 8:47 pm

Brian, congratulations for your blog. I know that it’s the result of really hard work.
And thanks for the presents. :-)

January 18, 2008 2:31 pm

Happy birthday Epi Edit Weblog!!!
Thanks for sharing so much. You’ve became a model for bloger and how to run a good blog! Keep going!

February 6, 2008 10:10 am

Happy belated birthday. Congratulations for your nice blog. Thank you also for building a great community there.

May 22, 2008 4:12 am

Comment now!