What to do until GouletPens.com comes back up….

Rachel and I decided to shut down GouletPens.com entirely from December 23rd through December 31st. The entire website will be unavailable during this time and we will be unable to accept any orders during this 8-day period. It’s crazy, I know, but there are several good reasons we have for doing it:

  1. Improving functionality- we’re implementing several new features on GouletPens.com that require a major infrastructure rebuild and the site would be very hacked-up if we left it up. Imagine eating in a restaurant while it’s undergoing major renovations! It’s going to be much less confusing to simply take the site down, make the fixes, and put it back up.
  2. Physical Inventory- Rachel and I need to do an inventory of everything, which is no small task at this point! We need to get everything straight before the first of the year for accounting and taxes and all that fun stuff.
  3. Taking a break- Rachel and I are a mom and pop business (sometimes my parents help fill ink samples and things like that, too), and we’ve been doing everything ourselves. We love doing it all, and it’s been great fun in 2010, but we flat out need a break.

Though we will be working quite a bit still during this break, we will be focusing a great deal on spending time together as a family and taking the time to enjoy our son’s first Christmas. These are the days we’ll never get back!

Getting Your Goulet Fix

You may find during this 8-day period that you will begin to go through ink and paper shopping withdrawal. You will have to find something else to do at work besides cruise the Swab Shop ;)I am not being super strict about not blogging during the ‘break’, but don’t be surprised if I take the full 8 day break on Ink Nouveau as well. I think a great way to pass the time is to dive into old Ink Nouveau posts. I have some good stuff I did a while back that you may never have seen, so I’ll suggest some of my favorites:

My first post– my how far GPC has come!!
Welcome, Joseph!– my son’s worldwide introduction to…well…the world
Flushing a pen with a bulb syringe– a handy trick
Fountain Pen 101– the basics
Brian and Rachel– how we met, very story-taleish 😉
Sand animation– not writing related, but the video blew my freaking mind
Where it all began– the humble beginnings of GouletPens
Let’s talk Amazon– why I don’t sell on Amazon
Most Important Video I Made– a turning point for me in my business
Rhodia Webnotebooks– how to tell which version you have (or want)
Black Friday Night– the comments are funny!
Cleaning Behind the Converter Piston Seal– neat tip
“Technoscribe”– writing quality vs. quantity
Preppy Eyedropper conversion– neat tip

Swab Shop

The hardest part about GouletPens.com will surely be the absence of the Swab Shop. Though we can’t replicate the dynamic comparison function of it here on the blog, here are screenshots of the Swab Shop brands to at least give you something:

Hopefully you’ll be able to survive without us for a week 😉 We’re going to get rested up and come back better and stronger to take on 2011. What do you think about us taking a break?

2017-10-11T13:24:55+00:00 December 23rd, 2010|A Goulet Life|14 Comments
  • Y'all deserve a break — don't be afraid to rest! Thank you for all you do and your great customer service! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Ivo

    +1

    And keep up the good work. You're the best dealer of fountain-pen-related-stuff I've ever dealt with 😉

  • Have a great Christmas and a great week! Looking forward to what you come up with next.

  • Carol S

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your baby because you never get those days back!

    Carol S.

  • Aww, thanks everyone! You guys say we're the best, but I think you're all the best. The reason Rachel and I are so into this stuff is because of the great community of people who are into fountain pens. Rachel and I are going to take some good time off, we're already enjoying our break! 😉 Of course, knowing us we won't rest for too long, it seems like the more time we take the more new ideas we come up with. That's only good for you all!

  • Enjoy the time away! I'm doing the same (although I'm not completely wrapped up yet.)

  • Yeah, I'm just hoping shutting down the website won't completely kill our search rankings on Google (I'm sure it will hurt though). But a lot of the changes we're making are to help us in this respect in the long run, so it's a little pain now for a lot of gain later (let's hope!). I think you'll all like the changes we're doing and it'll be worth it.

  • Brian, can you at least leave a placeholder page for Google?

    I wouldn't get too worried though – it'll pick back up once the site is up.

    Merry Christmas to your family!

  • Jason, we do have a placeholder at least, that will redirect people here to Ink Nouveau in the interim.

  • Brian,

    Saw your video about how hard you'd been working. Hope you and your wife really enjoy your time off and enjoy that kid of yours!

    (And you were right, I'm suffering from swab shop withdrawal, big time!)

  • Brian,
    I hope you, Rachel, and Joseph had a great Christmas. Now come back so I can give you money! Seriously, I've developed quite the list thanks to some Christmas $. Looking forward to having you guys back in 2011.

  • Brian,
    I hope you, Rachel, and Joseph had a great Christmas. Now come back so I can give you money! Seriously, I've developed quite the list thanks to some Christmas $. Looking forward to having you guys back in 2011.

  • Brian, can you at least leave a placeholder page for Google?

    I wouldn't get too worried though – it'll pick back up once the site is up.

    Merry Christmas to your family!

  • Carol S

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your baby because you never get those days back!

    Carol S.