I started this blog in January 2017, as a new year’s resolution to myself. I didn’t have any huge ambitions for the site, no branding or mission statement, no dedicated social media accounts. I just wanted to give something back to the wonderful stationery community, and to exercise my writing muscles outside of the day job.
Looking back a year on and I’m pleased with where I’ve got to. Nearly 550 people choose to see my photos on Instagram. More than 75 people follow me on WordPress and email. I get kind comments on nearly every post from some wonderful regulars. And back when I started I never expected to be getting 4,000 views a month without any deliberate promotion.
Update 28th December: hey, I’ve broken 5,000 views this month. New record!
I’m also sneakily proud of my output. Despite changing jobs, travel and all the other stuff that life has thrown at me, I’ve published 93 posts (plus this one!), covering everything from pen shows and pen shops to $2 Jinhaos and £700 flagships. Reading some of these old posts back, I actually quite like what I’ve written — an achievement of sorts for a naturally self-critical person like me!
The other thing that leaps out is the journey I’ve been on with my gear. From agonising over my first Pilots and Sailors to building up a collection of oversized flagships, I’ve really worked out what I like, and been brave (or stupid) enough to invest in getting there. Now, I’m really happy with my collection.
So, what next? I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t buy any pens in 2018. I’m already eyeing up my second Graf, the Montblanc 1912, a Pelikan in Stresemann stripes, and seeing if I can track down a Visconti London Fog. Oh, and maybe a Nakaya, Platinum President, Pilot with WA and PO nibs… but I’m trying to pace myself.
As to inks and paper, I have more than I’ll ever need, at nearly 100 bottles of the wet stuff and about a cubic meter of paper! But I’m sure a few new purchases will turn up in due course…
What would you like to see on the blog in 2018?