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Blogiversary 5: DAY TWO

Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008


I started creating T-shirts for my blog because I wanted them for me. It was never my intention that anybody else would wear them. I'm selfish that way. But after writing about my idea, I found out that many of my readers wanted the T-shirts too, so I created my first T-shirt on the occasion of my first blogiversary. It was a simple design with Lil' Dave in a box with "Blogography" printed below it, and I ended up selling 26 of them. Given the number of readers I had at the time, this was a huge success, so I decided to do a new design when Blogiversary II came around... this time with Bad Monkey on it. I sold 51 shirts, almost double what I had done the year before. I remember being dumbfounded, because I didn't even know that I had 51 readers.

A tradition was born. Every year there would be a new Blogography T-shirt. For Blogiversary III, sales more than tripled to 170. Last year I released four new designs and ended up selling and giving away almost 400 shirts. Insanity.

Part of the reason the shirts are so successful is because they are quality screen-printed with fun designs.

But mostly they're popular because they're cheap. I sell the shirts at a price that's just enough to cover my costs (though last year I did a bad job of estimating foreign postage and ended up losing several hundred dollars!). I'd rather sell my shirts as inexpensively as I can so everybody can afford them. It's more fun that doing it for the money.

Anyway, since everybody did such a great job of helping to pick a design last year, I'm going to put it up for a vote again this year. Not only is it helpful to know what everybody wants, but it allows me to keep prices cheap since I can order in larger quantities. I originally gave all voters a $10 off coupon so they could get a cheap shirt... but response was so great that I was able to offer the $10 off all year long! Hopefully I can offer good discounts again this year.

Here are the selections you can vote on...

Blogiversary 5 Shirts

Hmmm... that's a little small. Let's try zooming in...


Bad Monkey Gym


Bad Monkey Head


Fine Reading Since 2005!

Shirt #4: RED WAGON.

Red Wagon


Monkey Peace


Monkey Button

And now for today's prizes!

B3 ShirtThree Artificial Duck T-Shirts ($51 value). Yep, that's right, get any three shirts you like from the Artificial Duck Store... keep them for yourself, or give them out as gifts that will impress those lucky people you deem worthy of wearing them!
B3 ShirtSix Sets of DuckyButtons ($24 value). Pick any six sets you like, or create your own 5-button sets. DuckyButtons are sure to bring a smile to your face... or to anybody else's you meet when you wear them. And since you're getting 30 buttons, that's a month's worth of sweet wearable art to wear and share!
B3 ShirtTwenty-Five Custom-Made DuckyButtons with Your Design ($25 value). Email us any one design or photo you like, and we'll turn it into 25 beautiful custom buttons of your very own! Use them to promote your blog, impress your friends, or distribute wearable pictures of your cat... so long as it isn't copyrighted, we'll make buttons from whatever you want!
B3 ShirtWorld-Wide Shipping (up to $35 value). No matter where you live on planet earth, rest assured you won't have to pay a dime to claim your prize because shipping is included.

And that's not all, today you also have twenty other chances to win...

One Artificial Duck T-Shirts ($17 value). Twenty lucky readers will be able to pick any shirt they like from the Artificial Duck Store, and be happy knowing that they'll be wearing a T-shirt that makes them at least 10% hotter the minute they put it on!
One Set of DuckyButtons ($4 value). Your choice of one set of super-sweet DuckyButtons in whatever designs you like to wear and share!

Everybody can enter! There's no minimum number of comments you have to leave in order to have a chance at winning. All other rules specified on Day One apply. Please remember that shipping charges are ONLY included with the Grand Prize. Winners are responsible for all duties and taxes that might apply.


As with all of the new Blogography stuff presented this week, the shirts will be printed sometime in May for Delivery in June. This will give me time to accept pre-orders and figure out how many pieces I'll need to have printed. Winners will be announced on Bullet Sunday 79 on April 27th, and the Artificial Duck Store will reopen at that time so everybody who wants to buy stuff can get their orders in.

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  1. sizzle says:

    YAY! Shirts!

    The shirt I got last year was kick ass.

  2. ChillyWilly says:

    Sent my vote. Too many good choices this year, but found one I like.

  3. mew says:

    too much cute!

  4. delmer says:

    Not 20 minutes ago I was asking someone if they thought there would be new shirt designs this year.

    It’s almost as if you read my mind.

  5. Beth says:

    Wheeee, new shirts….hmmmm, it’s tough to choose, but pumping up my monkey sounds really good. Then again, I wonder just where that little red button would actually fall on a female shirt, seems like it might be a bit in the nipplish area….

  6. Colin Brooks says:

    Ugh! I love all of them and have 3 favourites! It is so hard to choose!

    Great job!

  7. Winter says:

    You make it hard to choose! They are all cool. You must surely be the King of Blogiversaries. You give away a lot of really cool stuff! Happy Blogiversary Day Two!

  8. Yea! Yea! Yea! AWESOME prizes!

  9. kilax says:

    These are all so cool! I wish I was as creative as you!

    I love “Fine Reading” and “Monkey Button.”

  10. Bec says:

    You have to go and make us choose… although now at least I can tell the guy at my local deli that there will be t-shirts again soon!

    And for God’s sake (well, for you wallet anyway) put the foreign postage up this year!

  11. Avitable says:

    That “Fine Reading” one is very clever, but I have to say I love the Monkey Button one!

  12. bluepaintred says:

    I voted. It was almost a hard choice!

  13. It’s gotta be Monkey Button for me. How could I NOT press that button? Yeah, I’ve left lots of paw prints in paint too !

  14. Rick says:

    Who knew so many people wear wear shirts? Weird.

  15. Kailey says:

    I want all of them. But if I must pick one I will.

    Damn me for lurking for a year and a half and never commenting. Where are the questions I must answer? or is that only if I win something?

  16. lizriz says:

    Love the designs!

    I voted for Red Wagon. 🙂

  17. Kailey says:

    Wait… I figured it out, this is one contest where my lurker status is not an issue! Yay!

  18. Hilly Sue says:

    Argh, Timmah!

    There are three that make me swoon. Meh, I’ll figure it out ;).

    LOVE THEM (in case that wasn’t clear).

  19. Christie says:

    Definitely “Monkey Button”! I’ve had it as the wallpaper on my ipod touch forever and everyone loves it!
    Happy Blogiversary!

  20. Mooselet says:

    That was tough, but I went for ‘Fine Reading’ in the end. If the whole week is full of choices like this one it’s going to be a long anniversary.

  21. NYCWD says:

    These are tough choices… I need to meditate on this very important decision (to ‘lil Dave… or not to ‘lil Dave)… oh, the pressure!

  22. Chag says:

    Man, all of these look good. And when I wear your shirts, I’m at least 27% hotter.

  23. Tina says:

    I want to pick two..for the record #1 and #4

  24. Tug says:

    Please help the stooopid. Why does #3 say established 2005, but this (in 2008) is your 5th blogiversary?

    I’m so confused. But I DID send in my vote!

  25. apricoco says:

    I vote for #5 Monkey Peace, but Monkey gym is a close second for my favorite!

    I can’t believe I’ve been reading your blog for over two years now. Amazing! You still entertain me for the low low price of free. =)

    Thanks for another great blogiversary.

  26. there are a few that i REALLY like. (did you notice the all caps? yep, i liked several that much.) thanks for keeping the contest open long enough for me to get to this dinner meeting, then think about the best choice.

    i am putting too much into this, i know. but this is important stuff here!


  27. carlos m. hernandez says:

    Damn. Took a lot to narrow the vote to one favorite.

    I really hope more than one design gets made, ’cause I’d like to have three of the ones presented.

    Very cool shirts, Dave!

  28. Lisa says:

    I love Monkey Face!!

  29. kaelb says:

    My vote is for the gymnasium one. For some reason it reminds me of “Dodgeball”.

  30. Uhm, I LOVE these! Great job, Dave! Pick only one that I love the very best? I’m’ll have to think on that for a minute I see you’re more monkey themed this year. Last year it was all about Lil Dave…which I LOVE those shirts! They make my tits look HUGE!

  31. Karl says:

    Great designs there, Dave. Really tough choice, as it was last year.

  32. gina says:

    I really like your designs. I admire your talent. Have you always drawn so well or do you have art degree or? Just curious. 🙂

  33. kapgar says:

    I like the gym one best, so #1 it is!

    Um, on #3… “2005”? That’s not quite five years from them to now, is it? That would only be three years.

  34. ~moe~ says:

    Loving these shirts! Especially #4. 🙂

  35. Love the monkey gym shirt!

  36. Robin says:

    All the designs are great!

    Wasn’t Blogography established in 2003? Why does the shirt say 2005?

  37. Iron Fist says:

    Honestly I think the Grand Prize needs to be a voucher for a Bad Monkey Tattoo, from, uh, Blogography Tattoo Studios. Yeah. Failing that, this looks like a pretty good contest.

    And man, I’m digging all the designs this year…

  38. Jen says:

    I love all of them but come on, how cute is #4. Very cute is how cute.

  39. kim says:

    I love blogiversary week. I feel like we should send you presents. I could ship Kates. (they might be stale though)

  40. Tracy Lynn says:


    Yeah, this is going to be wicked good.

  41. Talena says:

    The implied dirty joke will get me every time.

  42. Christian says:

    Has to be that bad monkey gymnasium shirt! Very cool!

  43. jake titus says:

    I voted. But I was hoping you would have one of monkey kicking Dr. Laura in the dick.

  44. Krissi says:

    Awesome new shirts… but I MUST. PUSH. THE BUTTON. MUST…

    Krissi from Krississippi(.com)

  45. Vote is on the way – I liked #6 and #1 – still love to wear my blogography shirt from about 4 years ago, great fabric and the design still looks good all those washes later – I recommend the shirt quality

  46. Turnbaby says:

    Monkey Button edges out the rest of the awesomeness. They are all good really.

    This is exciting;-)

  47. nicole says:

    yay new shirt designs, i have almost all of them, but a girl can use more!!

  48. ETinNY says:

    The monkey/wagon one reminds me of my all-time favorite comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes” but, “pump up your monkey” get my number one vote. They’re all really great, though. Thanks! Good Job, Dave.

  49. There are so many of your designs that I was hoping to see on the next round of shirts, but these are all neat choices, too.

  50. Awesome new shirts!!! this is offically my first Blogiversary and is already shaping up to exceed my expectations!!! WOO!!!

  51. Laurence says:

    I love your tees !!! Wonderful ! :)))

  52. So why does “Shirt #3: FINE READING” say est. 2005 instead of 2003.

    I had to ask too since I didn’t see an answer (and wanted to subscribe to answers).

  53. fingers, legs, eyes and toes are crossed. oh how i want to win the t-shirts!

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