Thursday, October 27, 2011

A New Focus?

I have found lately that my focus here at A Penchant for Paper has been changing.  I am becoming less interested in writing endless reviews of pens, notebooks, and other stationery items, and more interested in exploring the process of writing.  Although I still enjoy trying out new stationery items and sharing my thoughts on them with you, I find myself reaching more often now for my old favourites - the Pentel Slicci, the Pentel EnerGel, and my Rhodia and Quo Vadis notebooks - rather than constantly using new items.  I have accepted that I am not The Pen Addict and I no longer feel compelled to try out every single new pen that I come across.  Furthermore, I will be completing my degree in December; as school is the place where I use the majority of my pens, I doubt that I will be using as many pens in 2012 as I have been in recent years.  The act of writing remains very important to me, and I think that in the coming months my focus here may shift from the tools that we use for writing to the act of creating, whether it be of writing or of visual art (mandalas, drawings, art journals, etc.).

Don't expect any immediate changes, however!  I still have a number of pens that are waiting to be reviewed, so you can expect those reviews showing up sometime in the next month (I hope).  I also want your input: What do you like best about A Penchant for Paper?  What kinds of posts would you like to see more of, either here or in the wider blogosphere?


  1. Many of us share an interest in paper and pens that stems from our love of ... writing. And reading. And sketching. And dreaming and mulling and documenting and creating. We value our tools themselves, and more so because they are our companions in our creative efforts and life's journey.

    Congrats on your impending graduation; looking forward to the next chapter!

  2. You've always managed to produce rewarding posts, so I am not at all worried about the transition.

    Congrats on the nearing the end of the long and semi-arduous process of academia.

    I look forward to reading the new flavor of posts!

  3. Retired now, I do and have always found Process to trump Product. No doubt Product is a means and Process is an endless end. I for one am looking forward to what is being discovered.


  4. I look forward to the change, it doesn't really matter to me what you write about :)

    Personally, I mix my stationery reviews in with everything else going on in my life, so I'm happy for other bloggers to do the same!

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

  5. Give your new direction a shot, Heather! You'll lose a few regulars, gain a few new fans.

    What I like about PfP is shared interest (that's a given), the occasionally quirky piece (e. g., found pencil ends), and, often, a reply to every comment.

    All the best, Jack/Youngstown

  6. Thanks for all the encouraging comments, everyone! Posting may remain sparse here until my classes are finished, and I'm still not sure what this new focus will mean for the content of the blog, but I definitely do appreciate all of your support! Thank you all very much!

  7. I too am a poet, love nature more than staying inside watching TV, or almost anything else, except spending time with my family members. I have more than a few journals, I participate in a family-run blog called The Tyler Gang, and I have 2 blogs of my own: Across the Years, and Squeakings of a House Mouse. I have 7 grandchildren and Across the Years is my life story written for my grandchildren. I would really enjoy reading some of your poetry, or your favorite things about nature. I have seen a lot of the United States, and some very beautiful places exist in the U.S.A. I live in San Diego, California and the scenery here is fabulous. I am also a painter and also enjoy playing my keyboard. My husband reccomended your site to me and I will have to thank him. I will delve into the things you have posted and will be looking forward to more of your postings.
    Sincerely, Bonnie Tyler

  8. Thanks so much for sharing, Bonnie! I haven't been writing as much poetry lately as I should have been, but I suspect I'll get back to doing more writing in the new year, when I no longer have classes taking up my time. And then perhaps I will also be able to write the odd post about it here. I am glad you have been enjoying my blog and I hope you continue to do so!

  9. I have just found your blog and it is really impressive. Good luck with the rest of your degree and I look forward to reading your future posts.

  10. I can across your blog, because I am obsessed with paper and pens. haha... your blog is perfect! I anxiously await your new future posts!

    Katie xXx


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