Thank you to everyone who's participating in my current New Year's giveaway, and special thanks to those who have taken the time to offer some excellent suggestions for future articles and reviews in the upcoming year. One suggestion that's come up a few times is the return of regular Sunday Reading, where I post a set of curated links to articles that I think my readers might enjoy. I love doing this, but what's kept it from being a regular feature in the past is my inability to keep up with my own ever-expanding bin of RSS feeds. Going forward, I want to try to get a Sunday links post out on a weekly basis, but I probably will have to limit the number I can share to five or so.
Lots of Hobonichi Techo Links This Week
The Well-Appointed Desk: Moving Into the Hobonichi Techo 2016. I'm a Hobonichi man myself now, and Ana shows just how easy it is to customize this journal and make it whatever you want it to be. The Tomoe River paper is amazing.
FPQuest: What I Use: Hobonichi Techo Journal. Another post discussing how Ray used his 2015 Hobonichi Techo A6 Planner, and what he plans to do differently in 2016.
The Finer Point: 10 Months in with the Hobonichi Techo. I know this link dates from October, but Jenny gives another great overview of this versatile planner and how she uses it.
The Pen Addict: Why I Love Steel Nibs. As part of On Fountain Pens 12 Days of Christmas Guest Post Series, Brad from the Pen Addict discusses why steel nibs are often the "best buy" for fountain pens users. I agree, especially given the price of gold and the excellent quality of steel fountain pen nibs being manufactured today.
FPQuest Fountain Pen Link Tumblr: I don't know why I'm just figuring this out (probably because I'm getting old and have little to no familiarity with Tumblr), but Ray over at FPQuest runs a Tumblr that he describes as a "firehose" of fountain-pen related links. Check it out.
I'm still in the middle of the "breaking in" phase with my Hobonichi Techo, but so far, I love it. If you're interested in picking one up for 2016, you can order the Hobonichi Planner (the English-language version) directly from Japan, or you can order through JetPens once they restock.
Yesterday, via Twitter, I announced a site revamp. My goal with the redesign is to give the site a cleaner and more modern design, and to make easier for readers to access past content. I've also created a Facebook page for the blog, where I'll be sharing links to my own content and other stuff I find interesting. I'm not a heavy Facebook user, but many people are, so it's another as-yet-unexplored avenue to expand my readership. With that in mind, I've got a few surprises in store for 2016 that I hope you stationery nuts will enjoy. For now, be sure you sign up for the ongoing New Year's giveaway, which will end Saturday, January 9, 2016. The winner will get a mystery "grab bag" of stationery prizes, including fountain pen and pencil-related products.