When I started this blog four and a half months ago, it was because I got annoyed trying to post pen reviews elsewhere. Making my own space seemed to be a good solution, and so far, it’s been a fun little hobby; one which I plan on continuing into the new year.
After all, I still have a box of unused pens sitting next to my desk, and I plan on reviewing all of them… eventually.
Over the course of 2015, I managed to publish 61 total posts – 44 of which were pen reviews, 12 were “colors” reviews, and the rest were miscellaneous blog-type posts. In total for the year, this blog received almost 7,000 page views – not a lot for some, but exciting for me. And the most popular post, by far, was the one on Field Notes, which had over one-thousand page views alone. The most popular pen review was for the Pentel Energel Deluxe RTX, which had 350 page views.
My personal favorite pen, however, has to be the Retro 51 Albert Tornado. It’s got a lot of personality, and it’s the pen I’ve used more than any other this year. If it doesn’t sound too cheesy, I suppose you can call it the first Pens And Junk Pen of the Year.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the new year has to bring and sharing a bit of that with you on this blog. After all, the world of stationary has some interesting things lined up for 2016. Here are a few you can look forward to:
1. Kickstarter stuff. The Squire and the Grafton, two pens from the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, are expected to ship out in March and April, respectively (though delays are inevitable with Kickstarter). I also have a pen cup and a notebook from Kickstarter projects coming eventually, and I plan on reviewing those when they show up at my door.
2. New Field Notes. We’ll see at least four new designs from the Field Notes Colors (quarterly) subscription, and if the past is any indicator, they’ll definitely be worth discussing. We’ll also probably see a handful of other special editions pop up, as we did in 2015. I’ll have to make some extra room on my notebook shelf to fit everything.
3. The Pen Addict Podcast. Episode #200 will air this year. Congrats! If you’re unfamiliar, it’s worth checking out.
There’s also a lot of non-pen related stuff coming up in 2016 that I’m very excited about – the new season of Game of Thrones, the final season of Mythbusters, and even another Star Wars movie. If I missed anything, let me know. And have a healthy, safe, and happy 2016!