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It is that time again and I could not be more excited, this has taken a lot of planning and re-arranging of projects but it's finally a reality. I happened to be struggling a lot when I started blogging, mainly because I was in a bad place in my personal life and spending hundreds of dollars on jump-starting my blogging career just wasn't an option for me. For this and many other reasons I created Blog Milk. I wanted to give people the chance of having a beautifully designed blog without making them break the bank and I'm still overwhelmed by your response and testimonials about how a simple makeover can change everything.

We are not giving themes away this time but one full Blogger makeover consisting of the branding, development and installation of a project worth over $1500 and we are looking for people who have been striving in this career, who are passionate about Blogging and who are willing to continue to try for their dream. If that's you, please leave a comment below telling us why we should choose you. We'll pick the winner and announce it on May 1st 2014 via Facebook and Twitter. If you want to win Karma points we suggest you tweet, share on Facebook or simply pin this image so that more people have the chance to enter. Good luck, everyone!

Image via mamamini with thanks.

30 comments:

  1. i've been working hard on my blog for over 3 years. i really want to take it to the next level, but don't have the resources or know 100% how to do so. this is exactly what i need!

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  2. Omg! That's the greatest news that i had today!
    I think me and my blogger deserve this because, even i started blogging when i was just a little twelve-years-old-girl, i never gave to my blog a chance to growing up with me in these ten years. Now we have a relationship full of secrets, words, songs and dreams but we don't have another way to take this chance if we don't win :(
    The new project of the blog is almost done - we count with your help.
    And it will be very cool represent a new-face blog from Brazil =D

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  3. I thank my lucky stars I was introduced to you be Bre. You are so sweet to offer others such a wonderful package. I am not entering because I love the design you did for me, I just want to say you are such a generous person, Ana. You deserve the Karma :) xo.

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  4. Wow what a generous giveaway! I started my blog last year as I needed a creative outlet amid all the academic subjects I was taking in Uni. After battling a mental illness I found that blogging let me express myself in ways I couldn't with my friends and family. Though many may believe that blogging about beauty is superficial and holds no importance in the world, it has helped me tremendously with building back my confidence and feeling proud of my little project. Blogging has allowed me to write creatively- something I've loved doing since I was a wee little one and everyday I strive to improve in all aspects of blogging. This blogger makeover would be a dream come true! I don't have the means to greatly improve the technical aspects of my blog so this would be a tremendous blessing. Thanks again:)

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  5. cause i simply adore your themes and style, and i am trying to get my blog to a more professional level!

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  6. I've been working for a long time on trying to get my blog to the next level. I work all day in front of a computer and then I come home and pick up my laptop every evening, mostly because I love blogging so much - it's worth the time. I've been working on trying to rebrand my blog for about a month now but design doesn't come naturally to me. Also, so many fonts!! How's a girl to choose? I would love to win this because I could definitely use the help!

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  7. I love this idea so much! Thank you! I am at turning point in my life (and blog!), and I really need a new image. I currently quilt, and with the opportunity of my book releasing next fall, I have a really good chance of establishing a brand. I want to break the traditional images of quilting, and introduce a more modern and graphic style to the community. I want people to see that quilting isn't for old people anymore (I'm in my early 30s). Having a brand and a solid style will help people visualize my dream and help my business grow to the next level. Having a professional looking website only solidifies those things. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  8. Oops! I was in my husband's account, but the comment was made by me! I'm the quilting girl. :)

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  9. This is an amazing giveaway. I've been trying to rebrand and refocus my blog to better fit my current aesthetics so this is perfect timing! Blogging has been more influential than anyone could have imagined, and I would love to continue sharing what I find beautiful in the world in hopes of inspiring others. Absolutely love your branding and would love the opportunity to work together!! <3

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  10. I started my blog because I needed a creative outlet. Somewhere where I could share my photography. Most of all I wanted a space where I could just simply create, and maybe inspire. It was one of the best decisions I made. I love blogging. My blog motivates me to photograph more, to be more creative, and to push myself to do, and try new things. And I know through blogging I will be able to pursue my future dreams. I've been wanting to re-design/rebrand my blog for a while, so winning this would be pretty great, and make me one step closer in pursuing those future dreams! :)

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  11. Ana, seeing your work (and your voice!) develop these last years has been such an honor–I'm amazed at everything you've accomplished! Of course you wrote this post just as I was feeling like my blog's façade had faded a bit too much and I don't have the tools to re-imagine it as I'd love for it to be!

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  12. Our blog is about two ladies working to develop meaningful, collaborative relationships with boutique local business we support and love through, Local Creative, our lifestyle project. We have been working on Local Creative for about a year and half but are really getting consistent with our postings and finding unique and interesting creators & makers to feature. We have vested interest in our own local community, our blog began out of curiosity of what was around us in our neighborhood. We are always running into new people we are inspired by. A blog makeover would be the next step in really making our content stand out. My creative partner, Jenna, is an amazing photographer whose images really help share our subjects stories visually. We really believe in living local and hope to share the message with other communities across the country. We love Blog Milk's clean, minimal, aesthetic and it would be a dream to collaborate with you on what we know would be an amazing end result. :)

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  13. I've been blogging for as long as I could remember. I started at the humble age of 12 and five years later, here I am still blogging. I didn't start out as fashion blog but as a lifestyle blog. I decided to blog because I felt like it was pretty cool to share to people the interesting things that has happened into your life. It was kind of like an online journal and the idea of it seemed fun to me. I jumped from Wordpress to Blogspot and vice versa then to Tumblr, back to Blogspot and now I'm back to where I started, Wordpress. It was a long journey. Since then I've grown and so did my blog. I changed from being a lifestyle blog to a fashion blog. I put a lot of love and effort into my blog and one of my main goals is to inspire people. It feels so good to have someone message you saying you inspire them and they love what you blog about. It's those little things. I've put a lot of love and effort to this blog and I will continue on doing so no matter what. For years, I'm the one who customizes my blog layout which is pretty tedious. I've gained HTML knowledge but it still isn't enough to totally transform my blog so I always settle for what I can handle and most of the time, I end up being 50% okay with it which is why I constantly change which gets pretty tiring too. I came across Blog Milk and thought "wow this is absolutely perfect." But as much as I want to purchase your themes or ask you to make me a custom one, I can't. Being a student and all, I don't have the funds for it so I'm taking this wonderful opportunity and hope for the best. I think a blog makeover would do great things for me and my blog. One of the things that make a good blog is a beautiful interface/layout. What's a good blog without the beautiful design? It plays a huge part because it entices readers to stay and read your blog. Though it may sound harsh, no one would want to read an ugly-looking blog right? Think about the great content they're missing out if they decide to just close the tab because the blog doesn't look visually appealing. More often than not, we "judge a book by its cover" but we can work around that by having a beautiful layout. I've been working really hard on my blog and seeing that there are already so many fashion bloggers out there, it's hard to get noticed. I've been wanting to step up my blogging game and I think this would be a perfect start. A makeover. It's absolutely perfect. This kind of change is a good thing. This change for my blog would help it grow even more and I'm definitely not afraid of change because they say "don't fear change, fear remaining the same, because the more that things change, the closer you are to success." I really think this would help open new doors for me. And as they say, turn your dreams into a reality!

    Good luck to everyone! This is really exciting. :) x

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  14. Oh my!! Thank you so much for this giveaway ^^ I've been meaning to do an update for My Paradissi for so long now and I really admire your work =) It's time my blog turned from a amateur design to a professional one so it can match my interior design services and overall online presence! It is a bit of irony that I spend so much time on blogging that I actually have no time for a design update. And the bloody thing is so.much.important for the sake of a professional presence! I really hope I win this one ;)
    In any case, wish you good luck with your works and life achievements and a Happy Easter!
    Eleni

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  15. First of all, wow. I never expected this opportunity to come, and I feel really blessed even just by trying my luck here. I have been blogging for 6-7 years now, but I've constantly changed platforms (blogger to tumblr, and vice-versa) because I can't seem to find the one that really suits my taste. However, last Feb 2013, I decided to stick to blogger for good. I'm glad I did, because everything's much more flexible around here. Well, different strokes for different folks I guess. I used to blog by just posting photos and thinking of a nice caption to go with it. Not much interaction with people, nor anything that would develop me as a blogger. However, through the years, I've come to realize that blogging isn't what it is if there's no interaction involved with your readers/followers/fellow bloggers. It's a whole community that's constantly evolving as I speak. It's more than posting entries and hoping that someone else reads them, or probably comments. It's about building relationships with people online. I may not be as established as others, but I'm always looking for ways to interact with people through my blog. I've always dreamed to be a top lifestyle and photo blogger, and I'm not going to stop until I reach my dream. It will take me years, but I know that I'll still have the determination to strive for it. Most people quit after a while, but I think it's all about being consistent with everything, having a balance for blogging and real life.

    I've stumbled upon your brand a year ago or something, and I immediately fell in love with your themes. It's my kind because it's very minimalistic. I was already thinking of purchasing one because I really love your themes, however I've been weighing my options -- and decided not to. Good thing, I read about this giveaway. I'm not expecting to win or anything, but if I get picked then it's really because of God's grace. :)

    Have a good day, x Jamie

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  16. Wow, I've adored your site for far too long. Keep wanting to take the plunge for a redesign, but the funds haven't been there (my husband's 26 year career went kaput when the co. closed it's doors 2 years ago- so it's been quite a challenging time). All that aside, I've been blogging since 2011 and I love it. However, my blog in no way reflects my aesthetic. Although I've read a lot and have even taken a blogging course, I still don't have a handle on the actual technicalities of blog design and getting it to look the way I want it to. I come to blog milk often and dream while browsing your templates again and again. I'm a bit of a stalker. I'm a graphic designer/creative communicator who has owned and operated her own business fro 10 years and my blog set up is, honestly, quite pathetic and embarrassing even. I dream and plan of making my blog bigger and better, reaching more people and in my dream of dreams, making a living from it. I know know the design is holding me back and I would be thrilled beyond all measure to be able to say that blog milk designed my blog. What a wonderful thing for you to do for one lucky blogger. Wishing you the best!

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  17. ps- I'm currently in the middle of a complete branding overhaul that I've been working on and launching with a new blog design would be more than icing on the cake. thanks again.

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  18. What a great opportunity! I would love a makeover from Blog Milk Blog because your work is beautiful!! I began blogging because I wanted a creative outlet and to build a tiny, "merry" place on the internet. While I can manage the writing and posting, graphic design and creating a site that truly speaks to all that I hope Seek to be Merry stands for (joyful.cheerful.happy.merry) is simply beyond my skill set. The chance to collaborate with your creative mind and develop a visual which enhances the textual of my blog would be a wild (joyful.cheerful.happy.merry!!) experience. Fingers crossed.

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  19. 124 days ago I started a hair experiment called Dare, Diary! The Hair Experiment in which I 've dared myself to come up with a new hairstyle everyday for 365. It's been going well and the feedback I've been getting is amazing. Though I devote a lot of time to my project, the blog needs a major facelift. Unfortunately i don't have the necessary skill set or resources to reach a large audience. I was invited to participate in a hair exhibitiion alongside French and Czech artists and again the feedback has been nothing but poistive. So you see, any help at all would make a huge difference. Besides, I learn fast and I 'm very open to ideas.

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  20. Blogging has certainly been a challenge for me. I have been blogging personally for a good chunk of my life -- about 15yrs or so! But I never thought that blogging would be anything other than a silly outlet. From Xanga to Livejournal and now to Blogger, I really didn't think much of blogging. Then a few years ago, blogging became this huge internet 'trend'. It was not just exclusive to those who professionally blogged but there was something out there for everyone. There were beauty blogs, tech blogs, fashion blogs and funnily enough, I wasn't even engaged in design blogs at all. So I tried my hand at those categories. I figured, "hey, I like fashion! I like beauty products! I can make a blog about those things." But I always failed to really generate an audience at those attempts. To be honest, blogging started becoming this popularity contest and it really discouraged me. I wasn't getting followers or readers, so what was the point? I decided to stop blogging for a while because I just thought, maybe this wasn't my niche.

    And I don't know why it took me so many years to realize, but my niche was never about beauty, fashion or all these things that I simply 'loved'. My niche was about the very thing I was doing in my day to day -- it was design and photography. I remembered why I loved blogging in the first place. It was never about being 'popular' but about reaching out. To find like minds and to share a part of my life that I love so much, I'd write about it effortlessly.

    But I'm still young. Trying to find the time to blog meaningful and thoughtful posts is not as easy as I'm sure, many people think. There's so much planning, editing and thought involved. I give so much credit to those who blog full time. It's not easy....however, I realize it's probably one of the most rewarding things. Everyone tells me that I have all of this 'potential' to become a great blogger or designer but I always had a hard time believing in myself.

    The biggest reason I want my blog to fruition is because I want to transition from a 9 to 5 worker to a full time freelancer. Some people probably think I can't do it because I've failed so many blogs over the years. I've probably had about 10 blogs over the years and that's not an exaggeration. But this time, I feel like I truly found something that works for me. And I strongly believe in order to transition into a successful freelancer, my presence online means EVERYTHING. I have seen so many successful freelancers have successful blogs and that has motivated me to try my hardest to get my blog out there because when it comes down to it, it's all about connections! It's about showing the world who I am and letting them engage with me.

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  21. I've been blogging for a little over 10 years (way back in the days of AOL Journals), the passion for this creative outlet has been there since day 1. Over time I found my niche, developed a decent following, met some seriously incredible people and gained a new respect for diversity.

    For the past year I've wanted to take things to the next level as I feel what I blog about could lead to a decent earning potential as well as help promote a lot of local artists, musicians and businesses. However, to be taken seriously you need to brand yourself. At this point in time, I do not have the financial means to hire someone and, while I know a little about code, I in no way have the expertise to give my blog that polished look we all want and need if we are going to draw a reader in and keep them coming back. If money wasn't an issue I would have hired the Blog Milk team a long time ago to help me turn my ideas into a reality.

    So, yes, most definitely count me in for a chance to win a makeover!!!

    I've shared this on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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  22. what an incredible giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance!

    I haven't been blogging that long (although I have many half-filled discarded journals, online and in print, that would suggest otherwise), but for the last year or so I've been dreaming and designing and starting to piece together the beginnings of a blog/personal website. A lot of this brainstorming has been a concrete way of translating my life-brainstorming - I graduated from college last year, and the desire to define a website has mirrored my desire to define and shape my current life and future path. As this year has progressed, I've realized and started to work towards my life goals, but I don't have the design and development skill to create a website to match.

    I live at the junction between art and science. I want to explore the creativity of medicine and the precision of music. I studied neuroscience and music in college, and that fascination with "this is your brain on music" has translated post-grad into a fascination with the necessity of both creativity and logic in our lives. My days are filled with studying for the MCAT and applying to medical school; my journals are filled with chord progressions and poetry.

    I have yet to see this kind of arts-and-sciences space on the internet, and I want to create it. I want a warm space to share the beauty of synapses and of symphonies, for others who love the overlap to come join. I can't do it alone, though, and I have my fingers crossed for the chance at some help - especially as I've long admired your beautifully clean designs. Thank you so, so much.

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  24. A dream and oh so timely prize. I've been putting off re-designing my blog for nearly two years, partly due to finances (I changed my career to freelance writer around the same time) but also because my priority has been writing books, a dream I've harboured for over 30 years but have done nothing about until now. With 1.5 books published (it's a long story!) and a lot of personal time and money ploughed into their fruition, I know the time has come to make my blog the best possible platform for my books, which is no easy task.

    It's a horrible analogy but my books feel like my babies, so enduring and all-encompassing was it "giving birth to them" and while I've been saving my pennies for the blog re-design, I've started to get increasingly nervous that I won't find "the one"; the one off-the-shelf design that would work. In fact, just this week I agreed with myself to wait until I could afford a custom design. That's why I'd love to work with the Blog Milk team; I don't know who else would do it better.

    Best of luck to one and all!

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  25. Wow thanks for the opportunity to let us all try for this!

    I'm exactly the person that you describe in your posts, because my boyfriend and I have been struggling to carve a place for ourselves in today's blogging world and are working so hard to make it as portrait and wedding photographers. In Malaysia, it's not really a very easy industry to break into because people generally only engage established photographers and don't give freelancers any time of day.
    I'm working a job that makes me miserable and jaded everyday but still pushing through because I'm saving money so that one day we can make our dream a reality. Photography and blogging are the only things that fulfil me, I could practically just live off them. True, there are some days when I feel like things will never get better and that I'll be stuck doing things I hate for the rest of my life and those days are just the bleakest, but I believe that with faith, hard work and belief, we will get there some day and to never give up on our dreams because that's what pushes us and gets us to our happy place.

    I've been such a HUGE fan of your blog templates since coming across blogmilkshop but I've not been able to afford one so far since I live in Malaysia and the exchange rate counts up to quite a lot. I truly believe that your templates will be able to bring us to the next level and hope that I'll be able to win this amazing opportunity. Good luck to everyone who's trying out for this!

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  26. Oops, sorry I forgot to include our website: www.wilsonsharon.com :)

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  27. Hello! I've been an admirer of your designs for a while. I initially found you by simple casualty because my blog's name also contains the word "milk". Your designs are very clean and simple, just how I like them. I can totally relate to the reason you started blogging. I had been wanting to start blogging since 2009, but it was not until late 2012 that I finally plucked the courage and started a blog. Well, plucked up the courage isn't the right term. I was in a very very dark place in my life, very depressed and failing in a lot of personal and academic endeavors. I needed something to distract me and keep me busy. Something that I enjoyed but that also made me feel productive. I don't want to say that my blog saved me because there were other factors involved, but it helped tremendously. It gave me confidence in my abilities and allowed me to express myself creatively. I've been lucky enough to gain many friendships through blogging (some whom I have met in person) and participate in campaigns with my favorite brands. I'm very passionate about blogging and have a blogging agenda and schedule in order to keep myself organized. There's so many things I want to post about!! Having pursued blogging and having found it so fulfilling, I have now become motivated to pursue my next goal: becoming a makeup artist. My blog will be such a great tool to network and market myself.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity.
    xx Coco
    http://thebeautymilk.com

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  28. Me again. correction to my previous comment- I've owned and operated my own business for 20 years. Nothing like a 10 year typo. Will be mentioning this giveaway on my blog today. Thanks again for the opportunity to have a go at winning.

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  29. Wow, that is a very generous and exciting giveaway! Congratulations on your success!
    I've been blogging for many years on a fairly low key level. I have a small but loyal following. I've never really promoted what i do but I've just recently taken a big plunge with starting to sell photos and artwork via Society6. That has been a massive personal step for me, and having a strong blog design would make such a difference.

    Ah hell, you know what, I just saw Pamela Bates has commented. You know what, you should give it her. She does such lovely work and could really do with a boost - she puts so much good energy in the blogosphere, but is so busy with her small business she doesn't have the time to re-do her own corporate and blog design. On top of that she told me and many others about Blogmilk in the first place, way before this giveaway. Meanwhile I'll still share this on my blog, but put any brownie points I might get towards hers.

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