Exactly five years ago, we published our very first blog article here on Elmastudio. And despite all the passion we had for our new blog project we would have never imagined, what kind of an exciting journey we started with our little Elmastudio blog back then.

But with a healthy dose of naivety and our big dream to work free and at our own pace, we were able to stick to the plan and start to life our dream. There were plenty of highlights along the way, but also more difficult times, where we had to be patient and consistent in order to continue to follow our dreams.

A Little Throwback

Before we started blogging we worked on client projects for smaller companies and other freelancers. This way we were able to create a small but solid basis to finance us as freelancers. With our blog we were able to learn so much and connect with other freelancers, web designers and developers, exchange ideas and work together. This way our work was a lot more fun and while working on a number of Elmastudio redesigns and blog tutorials about web design and WordPress, we learned more and more about WordPress theme development.

Finally, after the release of two quite popular free themes (Ari and Yoko) we were finally ready to create and publish our first Premium Theme Bugis. Since then we didn’t work on client projects any more and were able to improve our Elmastudio blog our WordPress themes. We love our work and somehow Elmastudio feels much like our little home on the web. It is nice to have something so consistent in our often busy lives and we have so much fun engaging with our theme users and blog readers on a daily basis. We truly couldn’t ask for a better job.

Thinking About the Future

A blog birthday is also always a good opportunity to “press the pause button” for a little while and look back, but also think about the future. We already have some plans lined up for the next few month and next to further WordPress themes developments we are planing a totally new, little project at the moment. We also want to write blog posts more frequently and work on some improvements in our theme forum.

Our biggest goal right now is to get a little less busy in our daily work, in order to have more time to create new projects and generally improve our products, our theme support and offer more tutorials and blog content for our readers.

Thank you for 5 Years of Elmastudio

But for now we just want to celebrate our blog anniversary with you and thank you! Thank you for all your enormous support and great feedback over the last five years with our little Elmastudio. We wouldn’t be here today without you, thank you for everything!

As a little birthday offer we created a discount coupon, so you can receive 30% off all single themes and our theme bundle. In order to use the coupon just type in happybday on the checkout page (right before including your address for your order). You will then see the reduced price on the checkout page before completing your order. The offer will be available for one week starting from today, so until July 18th 2014, 11.59pm (CET).

We are also planning some more birthday surprises our the next few days. So it will be worth it, to check back here on the blog for some further updates and also follow our tweets and Facebook updates :)

Thanks a lot for everything, you are amazing!
Yours, Ellen & Manuel