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BlenderNation Turns 8!

Following up on Blender's 20th birthday (please remember to share your personal Blender story, if you haven't done already!), BlenderNation now also celebrates its birthday. It's hard for me to comprehend this, but it's been 8 YEARS since I started BlenderNation (on the infamous domain at that time ;-)! Hardly a day has passed where I haven't spent some time collecting your stories and giving you a podium, it's a kind of addiction :)

I'd like to give all of you a BIG THANK YOU, both for creating such wonderful projects as well as coming to BlenderNation every day, reading the news and adding to the discussion.

If you'd ever like to financially support BlenderNation (which would very, very, very much appreciated!), then please consider:


Now, on for some fun facts!

Last year, BlenderNation had:

  • 2M Unique Visitors
  • 5.6M Visits
  • 11.2M Pageviews

Over the last 8 years, we produced:

  • 6120 posts
  • 117k genuine comments
  • 1.3M spam comments

I wrote BlenderNation posts in:

  • The Netherlands
  • United States (New York, Los Angeles)
  • France (Toulouse Area)
  • United Kingdom (London, Newcastle)

Estimated time invested in 2013: close to 600 hours. Pfew!

On to the next 8 years!


  • nrk

    Congrats Bart, we appreciate everything you do:) Thanks for being there all these years!

    • Bart Veldhuizen


  • Paul Maillardet

    Congratulations Bart, and thanks for all your efforts to inform us!! Such a great site and awesome daily content. Keep on rolling! ++

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Thanks Paul!

  • Marcelo

    A really big thank you! Blendernation is an obligatory daily reading for me!!

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Brilliant, thanks!

    • Reaction59

      Likewise... I visit every day, and BlenderNation owns 1 of only 3 buttons on my Favorites bar... alongside Google and Wikipedia!

      • Bart Veldhuizen

        Ha! I like the idea that I rank next to Google and Wikipedia ;-)

  • Gill Jourdan

    Hi Bart !
    Best whishes and kudos for this ninth year of Blender Nation, and many, many thanks for this so valuable source of information !
    Keep goin' on and take care. :)

    • Bart Veldhuizen


  • Senthil Kumar

    Congrats Blender Nation

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Thank you!

  • PhysicsGuy

    Congratulations Bart. I really enjoy reading blendernation. It is an important part of the community. Thanks!

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      I like to think so too, thanks!

  • TomTelos

    For every genuine comment,
    TEN pieces of spam?? º_º

    • ssnbee

      Incredible. Go Bart!

      • Bart Veldhuizen


    • Bart Veldhuizen

      The internet is an insane place, isn't it?

  • MxD

    1 Blender + 1 addict => BlenderNation + 2M addicts
    = Blender maths ! :-D
    Congratulations Bart !

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Haha, thanks!

  • Beniamino

    Thank you Bart, you give us an opportunity every day!

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      You're welcome!

  • John Nyquist

    Your contribution to the community is greatly appreciated, Bart! While I wouldn't normally encourage an addiction, I hope BlenderNation is one monkey you don't get off your back (and that monkey's name is Suzanne!).

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Thanks John! I see no signs of withdrawal yet ;-)

  • BernAr

    Congrats Bart and thanks a lot for your continuous effort to provide great news around Blender. Blender nation being my home page it's a great pleasure to visit the site every day. have a great year Bart :-)

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Glad to hear it, thanks!

  • Kirill Trideshny

    Congratulations! I wish you prosperity and big luck!

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Thanks Kirill!

  • 8-bit

    Bart, Thanks for all the years of delivering news on Blender and other 3D apps. One thing I like in particular about this site is you give people at different levels of artistic levels a shot at being seen. I think this is a great way to encourage up-and-coming artists as it let's them know they don't have to be masters to be appreciated for their talent that needs to further their skills. I've grown as an artists due to this from constructive feedback I've seen on other people's work here. Thanks for keeping a positive upbeat site for blender users to share and exchange thoughts and here's to many more years!

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Thanks so much for your feedback!

  • SonlenofBlender

    Just wanted to say thanks for an awesome sight.

    • Bart Veldhuizen


  • LswaN

    Congrats on the past 8 years, and good luck in the next 8! Thanks for all your work to bring us the latest and greatest in Blender news!

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      As long as you guys keep doing cool projects, I'll be sure to feature them!

  • Drew

    Happy Birthday!!...I've taken this site for granted as simply being a solid source for 3D schtuff.

    Since B~2.45 this has been my on/off/on home-page. I keep coming back to stay in-tune with what's going on.

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Glad to hear it, thanks!

  • Spelle

    Bart, thank you for maintaining this site! In my view, it's one of the best Blender-related resources. You deserve all the respect for it. For sure, I'll be using your referral link to make purchases, it's the least I can do to support this site. :)

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Thanks Spelle!!

  • john

    Hey Bart, where is the cake?
    I am sure other want see the cake . Lol
    Anyway, Happy Birthday
    I read your everyday. I am enjoying read.
    Thanks for open up

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      I wish I had cake ;-) Thanks!

  • Guest

    BlenderNation has become such a staple reason for me to open my browser, it's rather hard to remember life before it. Congrats on this milestone, Bart!

    • Brian Lockett

      xD That moment you delete your comment by mistake, meaning to edit it instead, but it posts up as "Guest" anyways. YouTube's integration of Google+ comments has got me searching for "Edit" to the right of comments now, instead of the bottom as with Disqus comments. I just clicked the drop-down out of new habit and clicked "Delete" instead of "Edit" before I realized what happened!. Anyways, this comment above is mine.

      • Bart Veldhuizen

        Argh :-/

  • yudhir


  • Arctos

    My hat's off, bowing in respect. Congratulations and thank you for an awesome site!

  • onjoFilms

    Happy BD BN!! I do all my Amazon shopping through you. Hats off!

    • Bart Veldhuizen


  • Utopia780

    Happy Birthday BlenderNation!!
    Thank you Bart for this wonderful blog! I love it!

  • Byron Kindig

    Thank you for such a great resource, it is the one place I always go to whenever I am online, even is I skip email.

    • Bart Veldhuizen

      Thanks Byron!

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