Friday, 27 February 2015

Birthday/Blogoversary Giveaway + Blog Party

GUYZ. It's my birthday! It's also sort of my blogoversary; the oldest post dates to 20th March 2013, but I'm 90% certain that I deleted previous posts. AND IT'S MY 99TH POST. So ...
The Devil Orders Takeout - Birthday Giveaway 2015
This heralds a brand new system for the blog:
  • New blog name and design, with help from the wickedly talented Topaz Winters
  • New posting schedule: I'll be posting every Wednesday and Saturday
  • I'm starting a free bimonthly newsletter! My newsletter subscribers will be updated with breaking news on what I'm up to, book and blog recommendations, and subscriber-only content such as bonus #WatchMeWrites, writing snippets, and sodium for explosions.

RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE TAKEOUT JUST FOR SUBSCRIBERS!


Because this very giddy blogger has the most amazing support imaginable from you guys, she wants to give back to you. I'm giving away any novel from the Book Depository under US$10. This giveaway is open internationally, insofar The Book Depository ships. It lasts for two weeks, or until 13th March 2015. Winners will be contacted via email and announced on the blog.

a Rafflecopter giveaway And now, for the blog party! I've never hosted or even joined one before, so I'm winging it here. In your post, please (1) include the party button and invite everyone to join the party, (2) answer the five questions below, and (3) link to this post and announce there's a giveaway!
  1. If you win, what book would you like?
  2. What would your ideal bookmark look like? (If you own it, show us a picture!)
  3. What's a book you want to read/write but have been putting off forever?
  4. One urban myth you've heard about China? (Because CHINA. I'll drop by and clear it up :D)
  5. List your blogging inspirations.
Add your post URL and blog name on this link-up so I can check your post out and dish out virtual birthday cake and takeout!


And finally, thank you for an amazing two years on the blog. *group hug* Thank you for staying with me through inconsistent posts and awkward bizarreness, for following me and my rambles, and for commenting with similar weirdness. I have been blessed to know all of you.

Make a girl's (birth)day and join my new mailing list? You'll receive announcements about events like this before anyone else!

39 comments:

  1. AGH HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL IT IS ALL LOVELY YAY YOU *HAPPY TEARS*

    Ahem, anyway, this is awesome and I cannot wait to participate! On Wednesday or Friday. I haven't decided yet on account of my dad wants to go watch January Man with Kevin Kline but hey I will be back, have no fear.

    Again, congratulations, have all the well wishes, and I'm so excited to see more blog party posts! :D

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    1. THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH *HAPPY DANCE*

      I can't wait to see your post! Particular excited for all the China urban myths. And I've never heard of that movie, but family time is always fabulous.

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  2. OH WOW WOW WOW THIS IS SO AMAZING. I LOVE YORU NEW DESIGN.
    HAPPY EVERYTHING *Throws glitter and hands you cake*

    I can't wait to join in on your blog party in the next few days :)

    I want sodium for explosions! ;)

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    1. THANK THANK SO MUCH. *eats cake and hands you takeout*

      I look forward to seeing your post! I'd say I'll bring the sodium to the party, but that would be rather dangerous for your blog :P

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  3. *commences singing* HAPPY BIRTHDAAY TO YOUU, HAPPY BIRTHDAAY TO YOUU!

    The new site design is awesome. (It kinda reminds me of a pack of cards?) I'll definitely be joining up with the blog party sometime in the next week - I mean, I haven't participated in a blog party before, but it looks like great fun! c:

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    1. *whispers* Happy birthday to me!

      Thank you so much! Huh, yeah, I suppose the diamonds in the background are a little card-like. I look forward to reading your answers -- blog parties are absolutely fabulous.

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  4. Yayy, congratulations and Happy Birthday!! You are having quite a few things to celebrate in a short time! Your blog looks great, and I adore the name :) Huge congrats, hope your birthday is great, and that you have tons of continued success!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! To be honest, the birthday and the 99th post were the only "organic" ones -- I could totally determine the blogoversary and new design. I do quite like the name, if I say so myself. Thanks again for the well wishes :D

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  5. Happy Birthday! I'm probably a bit late, sorry. I love your new blog name. I laughed so hard when I saw it....'Devil orders takeout'....

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I'm glad you like it, I'm quite proud of it myself.

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  6. ALYSSA. THE NEW DESIGN LOOKS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS AND I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU. (I don't even know WHY, but I feel like this is a good thing to get excited about. ;)) Signed up for the newsletter + giveaway - I can't wait for both of those!

    Also: you asked for suggestions? I'm replying to your email now with a few of those (mostly regarding the design, since, as you know, that's my area of expertise - but I can certainly pitch in a few for content as well, if you are so inclined!).

    *hands you more cake* *takes sodium* A good exchange, I believe. ;) Once more, happy birthday! x

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    1. AAAAH. THANK YOU TOPAZ. I will eagerly await your email + suggestions. The newsletter is a lot more fun to put together than I expected, so I hope you enjoy it ;)

      *eats cake* *spreads out takeout* Don't blow up Six Impossible Things, Topaz!

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  7. Yaaay! Happy birthday and blogoversary, Alyssa! *Shoots the cookie cannon.*

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    1. Thanks so much, Shelumiel! *catches cookies*

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  8. OOH HAPPY BLOVERSARY AND ALSO BIRTHDAY!! *showers you with cake* And omg the blog looks looooverly. And I'm loving the new name. ;-) I'll have to join in this party too. YAY! And I signed up to the newsletter because I figure if you write it it'll be awesome. ;-)

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    1. THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH. *catches cake with styrofoam plates* I am rather proud of the name. It sounds suitably evil. And food-related. Looking forward to seeing you, and hope you enjoy the newsletter! :D

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  9. I love the new name! And the black pattern in the background is really smart and minimalist :)

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    1. Thank you, Kayla! The pattern was actually provided by Topaz Winters (topazwinters.com), and I really love it, too!

      Also, is that Legolas with a garland in your profile picture? Totally love it XD

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  10. Happy Birthday & Blogoversary! And your blog design is GORGEOUS. I have a sudden urge to switch to Blogger now XD.

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    1. Thank you!! I actually didn't use much CSS, it was mainly fiddling with the basic customisation of colours and such :D

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  11. You're blog is so beautiful! Congrats on anniversary of it:) Also happy birthday.
    I wish I'd found you sooner:)

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    1. Hi Kat, thank you very much! I hope to see you around as well :D

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  12. Happy Birthday! Also happy Blog Birthday!! Love the new design! HERE IS SOME CAKE!!! AND ICE-CREAM TOO!!!
    Mae :)
    superswankified.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Mae! *eats food* Here, have some takeout!

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  13. Wow, congratulations!! That's really amazing! I've only been blogging for like 6 months, maybe less. It's really amazing that you've kept it up for this long! *gives you all the fabulous awards*

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    1. Thank you, Micah! To be honest, my blog was rather awkward and out-of-the-way for most of the first year, but I'm very happy with the turn it's taken since then. Keep at it! :D

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  14. Happy blogoversary!!!!
    New follower here and love the blog!!

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    1. Thanks, Ashfa! Glad to welcome you into the takeout coven XD

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  15. Oh my goodness, your blog is SO PRETTY. I might just swoon and fall down. Damn.

    Also, TWO YEARS?! I couldn't blog for two months. It's amazing that you've kept it up and developed such an awesome following! Keep at it, and happy birthday again. :D

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    1. Aaaah, thank you, Nivedha! I'm glad you like it :D

      Thanks! To be honest, most of that first year was messing around and not knowing what I was doing. I'd only really count the last half year or so as actually community-based stuff. And I really owe a lot to the amazing Internet people -- you included, so yay! Here's your takeout and cake!

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  17. Beautiful new design Alyssa! I was really confused because I've been away from the blogosphere this week and I didn't even realise that you had changed your blog name and design! Happiest birthday to you as well lovely, you deserve all the best in the world. <3 And yay for blogoversaries, one year of blogging passes by so quickly doesn't it? xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Joy! Yeah, that happens all the time to me as well with Tumblr when people change their URL and profile pic at the same time. And yes, I barely noticed it's been two years! I feel old now :S Thank you again for all the well wishes, Joy!

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  18. Hey, I want takeout too! Happy blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!!!! *throws confetti* Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Ha, here, have some Chinese food. Thanks for all the well-wishes, and I'm so happy to give back to the community :)

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  19. Congrats!!!! and thansk for the giveaway!! I suggest a picture between the name of the blog.. Any picture you like :)

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    1. Thanks, Celeste, and you're welcome! I'll certainly look into the picture. :D

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