I’ll be taking a one week blogging hiatus

I’ve been blogging every day for 5 months, and I’ve been loving it. And tomorrow, exactly 5 months to the day since I started my streak, I’m going to break it.

I’m taking a week off entirely from Ink Nouveau, and I’m canceling this week’s Write Time at 9. I’ve been keeping a pretty heavy pace lately, and the passing of Rachel’s grandfather last week really took a lot out of me. I need to spend some time to pray and reflect on everything that’s happened, and refocus what I’m doing here on the blog.

GouletPens.com will continue operating as usual. I’ll still answer emails and be available, I just need to devote some time to my family and my faith, and really plan out what we’re doing moving forward with this blog.  We’re also doing a lot of preparation for the holiday season that is taking a great deal of time.

I recognize that we have a lot of loyal fans and followers here on Ink Nouveau, and I’m sorry that for the next week you will be left with nothing new to read. I encourage you to leave me comments here about what are some of the most important things to you on Ink Nouveau so I can focus on those things moving forward. I also encourage you to leave comments on past blog posts, as they will also help me to gauge what is most important to you. My time isn’t becoming more abundant, so I want to focus my efforts on the things that you value the most.

Thanks so much everyone for your support, I’ll see you next week!

2017-10-11T13:32:51+00:00 November 7th, 2010|A Goulet Life|10 Comments
  • Sorry to hear about Rachel´s Grandfather passing. Please accept my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you, your Wife and your Family.

    Take your time and come back when you´re ready.

  • My condolences to you and your's. Take two weeks off if you need to. I'll give you the week of Thanksgiving off as my thanks to you and all you do.

  • I certainly understand the need to put your family first. I'm sure we would all want you to take the time you need. It is better to take that time than to come back too soon.

    I have loved your blog, I always looked forward to coming here. I have also really enjoy Write Time.

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Nathaniel

    The fact that you take the time to do these things iterates what we already know of your character, your family, and the business you run. Take all the time you need. As far as what I like to see…I like reading about new products you stumble across or when you tap into adjacent areas/blogs/sites/etc. Really, it is all good.

  • Brian:

    I could see this building up for you even before the recent family loss. We all appreciate your efforts with the blog and the excellent service we receive when we order. However, one can only do so much as the available time per day never increases. You and Rachel need to take some time to properly sort out your feelings and grieve your loss. In addition, when you are ready to return to blogging, reviewing, etc., I would think a scaled down version of the video reviews would be appropriate. I would suggest a quick flourish with a couple pens on a couple different reacting papers would be sufficient – two minutes max. While the Write Time at 9 is a cool concept, I would consider scaling it way back or perhaps use it as the platform for the shortened ink reviews – 30 minutes max. Most of us will likely buy inks based on our personal experience with them (i.e. samples). There are too many variables for each individual to consider with pens, inks, papers, pen pressure, etc. – ink is a very subjective purchase.

    In order to keep yourselves and your business healthy, I think you need to consider scaling back the online social aspect a bit. Delegate a specific block of time to the blog and reviews and stick to it. I think we would all understand and still purchase our ink and other items from Goulet Pens.

  • Brian, take the time you need!

  • Thanks so much everybody for your support. Keep the ideas coming, I really taking to heart what you all have to say.

  • Alex W.

    I'm sorry for the loss, and I hope that the break helps you get rejuvenated. Anything that can help avoid burnout is a good thing, right?

    I look forward to your return and future reviews/blogs.

    Take care, Brian (& family).

  • Lance

    Ok apparently I am late to the blog. Like most others I too haver been going through more so haven't been able to keep up with either here or FPN. Anyway I saw about her grandfather and your family has been in my prayers ever since. I know that these times are trying on the spirit and do tend to lead to a refocus. I have lost all of my grandparents recently. So I know what you are going through. Take all the time you need. I think it is safe to say we could hear from you all in a month and we would still be happy. Even though most of us have never met we consider you and your family friends.

    As far as what I personally like, I like new product info. The ink reviews are swell but honestly I rarely look at them. I look only to see how the color looks on the paper. Part of my joy is trying them all on my own. 🙂 Kind of like how I never look at movie reviews. I want to be surprised.

  • Lance

    Ok apparently I am late to the blog. Like most others I too haver been going through more so haven't been able to keep up with either here or FPN. Anyway I saw about her grandfather and your family has been in my prayers ever since. I know that these times are trying on the spirit and do tend to lead to a refocus. I have lost all of my grandparents recently. So I know what you are going through. Take all the time you need. I think it is safe to say we could hear from you all in a month and we would still be happy. Even though most of us have never met we consider you and your family friends.

    As far as what I personally like, I like new product info. The ink reviews are swell but honestly I rarely look at them. I look only to see how the color looks on the paper. Part of my joy is trying them all on my own. 🙂 Kind of like how I never look at movie reviews. I want to be surprised.