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Ten Years Old And Still Going Strong

07/01/2018

Inkophile is ten years old! Can you believe it? Over 216,000 words, 250 reviews, 1,200 posts and 6,000 comments. That’s a lot of pen talk!

Fountain pens were’t always my tool of choice, but in an art store nearly twenty years ago, a disposable model caught my eye. Since then there has been no turning back.

Moving forward a few years, Ebay provided access to pens that were unavailable locally, but those thirsty suckers needed suitable nectar and that’s when I discovered Pendemonium. Through Sam and Frank, I learned about Rhodia pads and acquired a taste for J. Herbin Lie de The and Poussiere de Lune. Then came Noodler’s Black and Legal Lapis. Those early acquisitions made a fine start to my ink addiction.

Fountain Pen Network caught my interest a few years later, and after an extended period of lurking, I signed up. It was an enjoyable playground for a newbie and remains so. Back then FPN’s tolerance for intemperate and off-topic remarks led to the creation of Inkophile as a more free form and less divisive venue for pen posts. Thanks, FPN!

Even my Twitter account has been around for a decade. Recently, I put some time into refining my Twitter lists, one with over 250 artists and another with over 400 pen people. Twitter can be a cesspool so members are mostly folks who post on-topic or upbeat tweets. The lists are curated so will not only expand, but members who cease to write about relevant subjects will be removed. No aspersions cast on anyone, but the point is to see tweets related to art, pens, and things that are positive. The lists can be a treat when other areas of life are not.

Manufacturers have expanded their offerings in the past ten years well beyond anything I imagined when Inkophile was launched. There is no way to keep up with every pen and ink released making the support of retailers and distributors invaluable. In fact, Pen Chalet, Goldspot, and Exaclair have sent pens and inks recently so there are a few new items awaiting review. Much to do.

Lastly, a huge thank you to my readers who have made this blog possible. You are the best!

In order, most viewed Inkophile photos on Flickr:

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20 comments

  1. Congrats. That is a huge undertaking. I hope my stationery blog, this is my personal blog, makes it that long. It just turned one month old 🙂

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    • Best wishes for success!

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      • Thank you. I am a novice but have always loved stationery. Now it’s getting technical.

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        • What is your URL?

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          • notyouraveragechick.com

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  2. Congratulations!
    We love your blog!!! 🙂

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    • Thank you! Good to know you are out there and enjoying an Inkophile’s blog.

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  3. Congratulations from a long time lurker! I raise my glass to you and wish you all the best for another ten years of writing about those things that have brought us together and give us pleasure. Cheers!!

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    • Thank you, Biber! Have one on me.

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  4. Congratulations and thank you very, very much for the information and entertainment. Wishes for continued success and at least another ten.

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    • Thank you. I hope my pens and inks last that long, too. 😉

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  5. Congratulations on your sterling efforts. Here’s to the next ten years.

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    • Thank you!

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  6. Congrats!

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    • Thanks, Ana!

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  7. Congratulations!

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    • Thanks, Karen. Was thinking of you this morning and wondering how you were doing. Hope all is well.

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  8. Congrats on the Anniversary! I love finding the pen & ink links you find. 🙂

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    • Always happy to enable! 😉

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