3 Things You Can Do To Really Help Me Out

I need your help, loyal Ink Nouveau fans! I’ve been blogging like a maniac for the last 5 months (posting every day without fail, sometimes twice a day), and I don’t have any intention of stopping. I want to continue to provide great and relevant content, but there are a few areas where I need help, and I’ll tell you 3 easy things you can do to help me:

  1. Subscribe– If you aren’t already an RSS or email subscriber, then go for it. Bing bang bong! Sign up for a web-based or desktop RSS reader if you don’t already have one, it’ll help you to organize all of the posts from your favorite blogs like Ink Nouveau. Subscribing is easy, just click on the orange RSS box to the right. A couple of clicks will keep you up to date on everything I’m up to, and it will help to motivate me to keep blogging.
  2. Share!– If you like a post, tweet it, share it on Facebook, email it, stumble it, heck, print it out and show it to your great-grandmother! Whatever you like but please share it. I put a ton of work into providing good, solid content, and it helps me out tremendously when you share it with your friends.
  3. Post comments– Good conversations help me and everyone who reads Ink Nouveau to learn more, get different perspectives, and keep us all entertained! I am always looking for feedback on my the way I do my reviews and the products in them, and the best way to talk about them is by leaving comments.

I really want to utilize Ink Nouveau for cultivating conversations, not just pushing out information to you. I will actively engage in conversations going on in any of my posts, but I need your help to be active as well. I have a good solid base of fans, and I really, really appreciate all of you! I know there are a lot of others out there though, and I want to find all of them, too.

The more readers I have, the more time I will spend contributing to the writing community. My blog is not monetized, so I’m providing all of this information completely free (with the hopes that I will gain your trust to want to shop with me). If you can help me with the three things above, I promise I’ll be able to blog for a long, long time!

So what do you say?

2017-10-11T13:33:35+00:00 October 29th, 2010|A Goulet Life|26 Comments
  • I just received my new ink samples in the mail and now I have a problem I need more pens! I love the inks so much I want to have a pen ready for every color! Well I guess that poses a bigger problem – which pens to buy1

  • Well, we just ordered some Noodler's Fountain pens and rollerball pens, as well as some Platinum Preppy's. We should have them in next week! 😉

  • Brian – you and your company were great in getting my inks so quick and the communication was awesome. I look forward to a post about the new pens. I hope they are affordable – cause I will probably want more than one!

  • Jadedgn

    I'm in! I've already sent a few people your way and I'd be happy to link to you. Keep up the great work, its very much appreciated.

  • I'm in as well! I already received the order I made on Tuesday. Holy cow you guys are fast! Excellent!

    I really like the Fine Nibs testing in your most recent reviews.

  • You post some very valuable, helpful material. You might also want to, as you feature inks and papers, keep to your "gold standard" Pelikan fountain pen, but also showcase a sample of the ink using another "guest pen" sometimes, especially if you personally like the particular result of ink, pen, and paper.

  • Thanks zeus! Oh, I'll be using my m800 for sure, as much as I paid for it I'm going to use it all the time!!!! I like the idea of cycling out 'guest' fine nib pens. I was actually just thinking that the other day, like using Noodler's pens (they're fine/mediums), Platinum Preppy's, Pilot 78gs, Lamy's, and other 'affordable' fine nib pens as I think those are what a lot of people tend to start with when they first get into fountain pens.

  • I had the same problem as Susustra.. I need more pens to ink up all the new colors! I actually bought the Noodler's rollerball and piston filler as well as a couple of Preppy's. Sorry I went shopping elsewhere Brian, this was 2 weeks ago when you were still taking a hard line against pens 🙂 How quickly things change! These are great cheap pens though, easy to fill/flush and they still manage to write pretty well.. Good choices I think! You'll likely sell lots of these.

  • I won't hold it against you Chris, I gave you no choice but to go elsewhere! 😉 They are great pens, I wouldn't sell crap. Granted, they are cheap pens, so they have their limitations, but I think they're a great value, which is what really matters. Now we just need to carry Lamy's and everyone would freak 😉

  • Glad you are taking the pen plunge (again I guess…)
    I am a HUGE fan of cheap pens. The ones you mentioned are, in my experience, very reliable ones. I think having a bunch of Preppy eyedroppers is the best way to get all of your inks in pens and easily at hand without having to flush and refill everyday (I'm swimming in inks, you enabler).
    You may want to consider carrying O-rings and 100% pure silicone grease so we can have an easier job converting our preppys and other pens. The silicone grease is very handy for the Noodler's pens as well, they can be completely disassembled for cleaning or seal replacement and the silicone lubes the piston. Easy repairs/ mods. even for pen newbies.
    You are quickly becoming a one-stop shop for our pen needs and it's fantastic.

  • Kates

    Will do, Brian. You provide fantastic service and information and deserve many interested readers (and customers)! The cheap pens are a great idea, especially for us Ink Drop members 🙂

  • Great idea Truppi, I was just thinking I needed to source some silicone grease! I will work on getting some replacement pistons too. I may not have all this stuff lined up right away, but I'll get it. Disassembling and maintaining the Noodler's pen will make a great video!! The Preppy eyedropper conversion is what Noodler's includes with their 4.5ounce inks, and they work great and hold a TON of ink. You better believe I'll be looking to do this.

    Kates….thank you! Without loyal readers and people to talk to, I would just be some crazy person here posting about ink for my own sake. When it comes to fountain pens, one hardcore enthusiast looks like a crazy person, while a group of us all together looks like…..well who are we kidding, we look like a group of crazy people but we don't care 😉

  • Hey Brian – You know I'm a follower, of course! You've had a few guest reviewers – what if you got people to co-review the inks with you? That way you could have the benefit of input and writing samples from a bunch of different nibs/pens without having to own them all…I'd think as long as the ink and the paper were consistent it might work.

    Just a quick thought; do with it as you will.

  • Brian, I have been following on Google Reader for quite a while. However, unfortunately, there isn't a comment button within Reader, and I have deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I will try to make an effort to share your reviews when I can and to look at the comments here and even leave a few.

    I think the work you have done is awesome. I appreciate the video reviews and the writing samples on the different papers as well as the water test you include in the review. Great work!

  • Sheila, I like this idea, though it does require some logistical complications. I wouldn't want to try to get guest reviewers to review the same inks I am, I would have to do my own reviews after I receive guest reviews. We'll see how I can work that out.

    Etoyoc, yeah, that stinks that you can't comment in the reader. Sorry for that. I appreciate anything you can do to help share my stuff. I put a lot of work into the blog and I just want it to be beneficial to as many people as possible!

  • Brian, I wanted you to know that, thanks to you, I got into CF paper (great quality). Thanks to you, I discovered the French ruled paper. Great to practice my beginner's Spencerian and Copperplate exercises. I'll post a comment about my CF Pupitre FR (btw I need to get more before you run out 😉 ). Heck, if I have developed an addiction this is the best and the healthiest of them all. Keep up the good work, you have made a big difference in a lot of us.

  • I love this blog! Thanks for doing it and the YouTube videos – unbelievably helpful for someone diving into the world of fountain pens.

  • I'm so glad that you all appreciate my work so much. It really is a ton of time to put it all together, but I know it's well worth it because there is so little guidance out there for fountain pen novices. This is going to be a lot of my focus moving forward….breaking things down and getting good information out there to help those who want to learn more of the basics of fountain pens, ink, and paper. The best way I can do that is with feedback about what I'm doing that's working and what's missing. Feedback is everything!

  • You're certainly right about building trust, too. If we the customers know we can reach you and see you interacting with the community, we know you're serious. I'd say you've earned some trust.

  • Mike1000

    You're going to carry Preppy's?!?!? Excellent! My favorite fountain pen!

  • Mr. Goulet: You said …"I would just be some crazy person here posting about ink for my own sake."

    I do that all the time. But hey, it makes the day go by faster. And I never said I wasn't crazy!

    ALSO: LAMY LAMY LAMY! Then I wouldn't have to go elsewhere for anything! I am just starting my collection, but I am really considering keeping it exclusively Lamy.
    PS: Nexx M would be nice (why do I feel like I am writing a letter to Santa???)

  • Mr. Goulet: You said …"I would just be some crazy person here posting about ink for my own sake."

    I do that all the time. But hey, it makes the day go by faster. And I never said I wasn't crazy!

    ALSO: LAMY LAMY LAMY! Then I wouldn't have to go elsewhere for anything! I am just starting my collection, but I am really considering keeping it exclusively Lamy.
    PS: Nexx M would be nice (why do I feel like I am writing a letter to Santa???)

  • Brian, I wanted you to know that, thanks to you, I got into CF paper (great quality). Thanks to you, I discovered the French ruled paper. Great to practice my beginner's Spencerian and Copperplate exercises. I'll post a comment about my CF Pupitre FR (btw I need to get more before you run out 😉 ). Heck, if I have developed an addiction this is the best and the healthiest of them all. Keep up the good work, you have made a big difference in a lot of us.

  • Brian, I have been following on Google Reader for quite a while. However, unfortunately, there isn't a comment button within Reader, and I have deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I will try to make an effort to share your reviews when I can and to look at the comments here and even leave a few.

    I think the work you have done is awesome. I appreciate the video reviews and the writing samples on the different papers as well as the water test you include in the review. Great work!

  • Great idea Truppi, I was just thinking I needed to source some silicone grease! I will work on getting some replacement pistons too. I may not have all this stuff lined up right away, but I'll get it. Disassembling and maintaining the Noodler's pen will make a great video!! The Preppy eyedropper conversion is what Noodler's includes with their 4.5ounce inks, and they work great and hold a TON of ink. You better believe I'll be looking to do this.

    Kates….thank you! Without loyal readers and people to talk to, I would just be some crazy person here posting about ink for my own sake. When it comes to fountain pens, one hardcore enthusiast looks like a crazy person, while a group of us all together looks like…..well who are we kidding, we look like a group of crazy people but we don't care 😉

  • I love your posts and videos, Brian, and have sent quite a few of both to my fountain pen acolytes. My daughter shops for inks here. It feels rewarding to raise them right 🙂