Spring Housecleaning Update

Just a few quick updates on some changes you might seen on the site. I’ve added a page discussing my key sponsorship and affiliate relationships here. Most of this information has already been disclosed elsewhere on the blog (such as in “Sunday Reading” posts) but I wanted to have it featured prominently in one place on the site. I also reorganized what was formerly known as the “Resources” section, renaming it “Retailers” to more accurately reflect its content and updating the list to include additional sellers, as well as a list of favorite Etsy shops that readers might find helpful. These lists are all a work in progress, so expect to see additional shops and sellers added in the coming days.

Happy weekend!

Almost Four Years, Really? Finding Older Posts and Where to Begin

The Gentleman Stationer community has grown steadily over the past four years, with lots of new readers reaching out every week. This is awesome, by the way, and I love hearing from all of you! One question I frequently get from new readers is "where to start" on the blog. I've been writing here regularly since 2014, so there's a lot of content to navigate. I've played around with the idea of putting together a "Master List" of pens and inks I've reviewed, but that's turned into a rather large project that's still in the works as I try to figure out the best way to do it in a way that's both easy to navigate AND easy to update.

Start with the Guides and Move to the Archives

For now,  if you're new to The Gentleman Stationer (or the pen hobby in general), I'd recommend that you start with the various lists and guides I've assembled over the years, including my "Best Pen" and "Best Ink" recommendations for various purposes and at various price points. These will likely be updated in the coming months. 

I also maintain an archive of past posts listed in reverse-chronological order (most recent posts listed first), which has been fun to read since it's organized by month, and you can go back and see what pens and inks I started with and how my interests have evolved. Finally, last year I wrote a monthly newsletter titled "Digital Divide," which addressed a variety of analog-related topics. All of these newsletters are now archived on the site. I'm currently working on a couple of different projects along the same lines, including a new monthly newsletter, but I'm struggling with the "not enough hours in the day" problem. Stay tuned. 

Finally, all readers of this blog should be aware of Pennaquod, a pen-specific search engine run by Ian Hedley over at Pens! Paper! Pencils! Pennaquod pulls results from several dozen pen blogs (including this one), and it's a great way to read a diverse set of reviews on a pen before you make a purchase. 

I hope this little recap has been helpful, and please, don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Feel free to contact me through the "Contact Me" link on the site, through email at joe (at) gentlemanstationer.com, or via Twitter (@vintagegntlmn) or Instagram (@gentlemanstationer). For all of you who have been been with me for four years, thanks again! I enjoy writing here every week and plan to continue for the foreseeable future! 

Some Gentleman Stationer Site Updates

It's been a while since I've done some housekeeping on the blog, so I wanted to alert you to a few new features I've been working on: 

  • Archive and Tags. One thing that I've been extremely dissatisfied with is the ability for readers to browse past blog content. I've played around with various formats, but finally settled on the monthly archive as the one which worked the best.  I've also included a tag cloud for those of you who like to use tags to search and navigate. You can access both of these features via the "Index" tab on the navigation bar. It's hard to believe the content goes back to 2014! 
  • Best Pens Page. I recently consolidated all of my pen recommendations blog posts into a single page so that it would be easier to update as my recommendations evolve.

For those of you attending the Pelikan Hubs, tonight, enjoy! Nashville Hub, I'll see you there!

Newsletter Subscription Options

I've received feedback from several of you on the newsletter, and one option I've set up is the ability to subscribe to either Digital Divide, my monthly newsletter on various topics related to the benefits of using analog tools, OR the weekly RSS newsletter, which will send all posts from the prior week to your e-mail inbox.

If you would no longer like to receive one or the other, you can simply click on "Update Subscription Preferences" in the most recent version of the e-mail newsletter you received.  I thought this option had been set up in MailChimp, but it wasn't.  My mistake, and I apologize to those of you who ended up receiving the RSS newsletter alongside Digital Divide (if that's not what you were looking for).  

For those of you interested in subscribing for the first time, you will see a new signup form on the sidebar, reflecting the different subscription options.  Both are free.  

Thanks again!