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Saturday, December 11, 2010

GouletPens.com is shutting down

.....for a week! Haha, okay, calm down. The Goulet Pen Company is not going away, in fact, quite the opposite.

Starting December 23rd and going through December 31st we're going to be completely shutting down GouletPens.com and not taking any orders during that time. That's crazy right? Why would we intentionally turn down visitors and customers for 8 full days? We have several really good reasons:
  1. Major improvements- we have several functionality improvements that we're going to make to the site, which is really going to be worthwhile for you! Can't say what they are though, you'll just have to find out on January 1st ;)
  2. Physical inventory- Rachel and I need to do a physical inventory of every last thing we have on hand (you can imagine what that entails) for our year-end accounting, and since it's just the two of us running things, that's going to take some time
  3. Family time- Rachel and I have been workin' it pretty hard lately, and we just flat out need a break. We're going to really enjoy the holidays and spend time together as a family and actually give ourselves a break for once!
There are several things we're looking to implement with the upcoming changes. We're not just talking a couple of design changes here, we're talking about major functionality improvements that will require a somewhat major restructuring to accomplish. We can't say what we're working on, but I promise it incorporates what a lot of you have requested in the past.

We're really sorry that it's going to be an inconvenience for all of our loyal fans and customers while GouletPens.com is down for 8 days. One thing we are going to try to do to 'ease the pain' is to post pictures of all of the swabs from the Swab Shop here on Ink Nouveau, so you at least have that to reference while GPC is down.

During the same period, I'm going to be taking a break from blogging as well. I want to make sure I am making time for my family during our break :) Don't worry, there's close to 300 posts here now, so I'm sure you can poke around and find some old posts you never knew were here, maybe post some funny comments, things like that. Write Time at 9 will also be canceled for the 28th, so we'll be announcing January's Ink Drop theme on the 21st's broadcast instead so you aren't left wondering!

Take this opportunity to really have your voice heard, as we'll be dedicating ourselves to really getting GouletPens.com improved like never before. So what changes do you think we're going to make? What would you like to see us change?

29 comments:

  1. Enjoy some time off. Happy holidays to you and yours. See you on the 1st.

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  2. Happy inventory taking! I hope you and your family have a wonderful and Happy Holiday!

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  3. Will you leave us with a theme for the January Ink Drop by the 22nd of December? That would be fun to chew on for that week...

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  4. I've been subscribed to Ink Nouveau for only a week, and I was getting to really like it. You cannot imagine my horror when I saw "GouletPens.com is shutting down" in my feed reader. Don't scare me like that again!

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  5. Jimmy, I think we can do that! I should probably mention that Write Time at 9 will be canceled on the 28th as well, I'll add that in the post.

    Cnulhu, haha, sorry for the scare ;) Admittedly I wanted to get your attention, so I guess I can only be so sorry :P Honestly though, I know it's going to be a sacrifice on everyone's part to be completely without GPC for a week (especially the Swab Shop!), and I kept asking Rachel if we REALLY should shut it down or not, but she assured me that the changes that are coming need to be done this way. We wouldn't take down the site unless we really felt it would benefit everyone in the long run, and I really think it will when it's all done.

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  6. Enjoy your holiday. You deserve it :)

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  7. Dude, you guys totally deserve your break, i'm just surprised that it took you so long to take one! see ya in the new year.

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  8. It's a well-earned break. I look forward to the improvements and all the other exciting changes for 2011. Merry Christmas Goulet family and Happy Holidays to all the pen/ink/paper addic...fans out there that keep this business thriving.

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  9. Is there a clinical term for the "Goulet Withdrawal" that we'll all be experiencing? What is the daily ink dose recommended for treatment?

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  10. You guys so deserve a break. We're so glad you are taking it.

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  11. Dude, after working for myself for almost 20 years and controlling my own schedule I never worked from about the 23rd until about Jan 3. It was my "mind break." I don't blame you at all. I hope you guys have a great time and enjoy the season together.

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  12. Oooooooooooooh! Changes huh? How exciting. I'm looking forward to them.

    It's good to see you all taking breaks! I was beginning to get a little worried about ya'll. We don't want you to burn yourselves out.

    Blogging everyday is enough work! I tried that once, it takes waaaaaaaaaaay too much time. I'm lucky to get 3 blog entries out per week!

    My hat's off to you.

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  13. Goulet withdrawls is right...or is that write? Maybe in your downtime I'll watch all the videos I've missed. The problem with me watching the videos is then I want to buy whatever it was you were talking about. Yes, from your point of view that is a very good thing.

    Question....how do you keep track of what ink you have in each pen?

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  14. I nearly had a heart attack on Twitter this morning! Enjoy the down time, though—it's a good time to step back take some time to yourself(selves).

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  15. I'm doing the same over the Holidays! I think that we both need to recharge!

    Happy Holidays Brian and Rachel!

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  16. This planned break is a good thing - please take plenty of time to rest and enjoy family time so you can come back in the new year fully recharged. Ya gotta be ready for the post-holiday spending!

    Peaceful and happy holidays to you!

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  17. My initial reaction was a Whoa Nelly but quickly
    saw that it was all going to be ok when I noticed the freeway sign Changes-next exit. It will be fun to see the changes on the site and it
    will be something to anticipate after the holidays are over and the sudden quiet after all the excitement. Vieuxcarre's comment is very cute. It is also good that you are taking time off to refuel and recharge and b r e a t h.
    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthful, Peaceful and Prosperious New Year to
    Brian, Rachel, Joseph and your family as well as
    all your fans -ink addicts and lovers of the handwritten word -pen and ink on paper.

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  18. Add my ink spot to the above wishes --- I've only been a fan for a short time but I plan on being one for the long haul and whatever you need to do on your end, please don't worry about any interruption. We'll all be here waiting for you to come back! You deserve a break and your family deserves to be together for the holiday. Enjoy, relax, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
    Rhea

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  19. I'd like to see a spot on site where you post really interesting letters you receive from customers. And, in that vein, if you could put up a post office box or some safe address we could write thank you letters to, that'd be awesome.

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  20. Eric, this is an idea that we've considered before. Rachel and I will talk about it and see if doing something like this is something we can handle (time-wise).

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  21. As far as website additions go, I think a "wishlist" feature would be handy. That way, if people are shopping for us or getting us gifts, there is no confusion. It would be great for birthdays, grad gifts, or the next holiday season. A "registry" of sorts for us pen and ink addicts.
    If someone who is unfamiliar with our "scene" wants to get us what we really want, I imagine the choices could get overwhelming. Just a thought!
    Happy Holidays and enjoy your break!

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  22. Thanks for the input Shay! These are great ideas.....you'll have to wait and see what we do ;)

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  23. @Shaylen W.

    What I do is refer people to my Amazon.com wish list.

    I already have a couple of items from Goulet Pens on my list :)

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  24. @Shaylen W.

    What I do is refer people to my Amazon.com wish list.

    I already have a couple of items from Goulet Pens on my list :)

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  25. Thanks for the input Shay! These are great ideas.....you'll have to wait and see what we do ;)

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  26. Oooooooooooooh! Changes huh? How exciting. I'm looking forward to them.

    It's good to see you all taking breaks! I was beginning to get a little worried about ya'll. We don't want you to burn yourselves out.

    Blogging everyday is enough work! I tried that once, it takes waaaaaaaaaaay too much time. I'm lucky to get 3 blog entries out per week!

    My hat's off to you.

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  27. It's a well-earned break. I look forward to the improvements and all the other exciting changes for 2011. Merry Christmas Goulet family and Happy Holidays to all the pen/ink/paper addic...fans out there that keep this business thriving.

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  28. Jimmy, I think we can do that! I should probably mention that Write Time at 9 will be canceled on the 28th as well, I'll add that in the post.

    Cnulhu, haha, sorry for the scare ;) Admittedly I wanted to get your attention, so I guess I can only be so sorry :P Honestly though, I know it's going to be a sacrifice on everyone's part to be completely without GPC for a week (especially the Swab Shop!), and I kept asking Rachel if we REALLY should shut it down or not, but she assured me that the changes that are coming need to be done this way. We wouldn't take down the site unless we really felt it would benefit everyone in the long run, and I really think it will when it's all done.

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  29. This planned break is a good thing - please take plenty of time to rest and enjoy family time so you can come back in the new year fully recharged. Ya gotta be ready for the post-holiday spending!

    Peaceful and happy holidays to you!

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