I recently was referred to Nancy Olson's blog. She's the editor-in-chief of Stylus Magazine, which is one of the two big pen mags in the biz. Both the magazine and the blog are great reads. She wrote a post this week about Earth Day, which got me thinking about waste. With Mother's Day, Wedding Season and Graduation coming closer, I can't help but think of all the junk that we buy as gifts to show our tribute to one another. And yes, I am fully aware of the irony in that sentiment, given the fact that our company sells gifts that may or may not end up in someone's desk drawer for the next 20 years. As someone who routinely guides customers through the selection process, I try to make sure that they buy something that will be written with and cherished for years. A pen is something useful and inspiring, a tool for the campaign of great minds.
Speaking of Irony (and coming back to sharing links to pen-related topics), Colin Miner writes about the Irony of the Internet by saying, "thanks to the beauty of the digital age, it is now so much easier to appreciate the beauty of the written page."
The juxtaposition of technology and the tradition of handwriting is also explored by columnist Blair Hanley Frank on Why the Tech Columnist Loves Fountain Pens, who writes, "Fountain pens even have a better impact on the environment: Refilling the same fountain pen saves the plastic or wood and graphite required by traditional pens and pencils."
DIY Planner offers advise on what to do Before Trying out Fountain Pens. The only tidbit of advise I would add is to buy from Goldspot.com... just sayin'. Fountain Pen Network is a great resource for someone who is looking to get opinions and expert advice on a pen or ink you may be debating on buying. But then, once you've done the research, Goldspot will help you obtain that next, beautiful pen.
Inkyjournal has a great review on the new Visconti Homo Sapiens Lava fountain pen in 1.3mm stub. Exceptional photography and commentary on all of the pen's unique properties.
Last, but not least, we would like to remind everyone that we are, yet again, feeling under the weather this weekend and are holding another Spring Fever Sale on our site. Extra discounts combined with free standard US shipping on orders of $75 or more! If you need any gift ideas for Mom, Grad or Yourself, feel free to comment on this post, tweet us @goldspotpens or leave us a message on our Facebook "Like" page (According to Facebook, all of our "Fans" are now "People Who Like us"...weird). Have a great weekend!