Things have been pretty crazy around the Goulet household lately. In the last 7 months we have moved our business out of our house to a commercial space, hired 3 new members to our team, had our second child, moved our business again, and we're preparing to move to a new home to better accommodate our growing (personal) family in June. I must admit, it's been a bit challenging to keep up with all this and keep GouletPens.com growing and thriving, but we have! However, Ink Nouveau has been a bit neglected in this time, especially the frequency of my videos you enjoy so much.
Things are going to continue to get crazy over the next few months, and if I don't work to better manage my time with Ink Nouveau, then it will continue to remain less of a priority like it has for the last 4-5 months. It is really important to me though, so I've taken some real time to do some soul searching. I think I have a new plan to help Ink Nouveau to thrive.
The biggest change is that I'm going to schedule regular postings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Here's how it's going to go:
Every Monday I will post questions I get by email along with my responses, and it may cover anything in the writing genre. Here are some past ones I've done: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7. These will always be in written form.Wednesday Reviews
Every Wednesday I will post brand/product specific reviews, overviews, introductions, updates, comparisons, and the like. It'll be open to any fountain pens, ink, or paper that so inspire me to cover. I will make a very concerted effort to always make these in a video.Friday Fountain Pen 101
Every Friday I will post introductory videos on a variety of fountain pen related topics, the idea being that new people will have a place to go to learn the things they don't even know to ask! These will be most often in video format, and my goal is to make them extremely clear and concise. It will cover a host of simple topics and will also be compiled into the Fountain of Knowledge for easy reference ongoing. The idea is to build a catalog of simple and informative videos that anyone can watch to learn about our beloved hobby.I will still be posting other fun videos and pictures on other days of the week, but these three days are what I'm dedicating to posting every week come heck or high water. Look for my first Mailbox Monday post tomorrow!
Write Time....Write Now
As I explained in our most recent Write Time live broadcast, it's become too intrusive on our personal family time to continue to do Write Time at it's current time (9pm EDT). I do think the format of Write Time is good though, and I don't want to give it up altogether. So while the future of the Wednesday night Write Time is up in the air, I want to introduce a new effort for the live video format. I will still have live broadcasting with a chatroom through JustinTV like we do right now for Write Time, but I will make it more of a spontaneous broadcast, and it will be during work hours. The idea is that I will be able to jump on for 30 minutes or so at a time during the work day to show you new products as they come in, do Q&A sessions, and just let you know what's on my mind as it's happening.
I'm calling the new broadcast Write Now, since it will be similar to Write Time but in a more spontaneous iteration. I will use Facebook and Twitter to announce when I'm free during the week to be able to broadcast, and I will still record the broadcasts and post them as usual, for those who aren't able to join in. I realize that moving the broadcast to the daytime will be far less convenient for many of you, but it's the best I can do for the time being. I think it will add a new dynamic to the broadcast, we'll have to see how it goes! I'll try to jump on at least once a week.
Let me know your thoughts
Since Ink Nouveau is something I do in my 'spare' time (of which I have little these days), it's important to me that I be able to give you the most bang for my buck....meaning that I have to focus on the things that you enjoy the most and that are the most straightforward for me to provide to you. As part of this, I'd love to hear what you think about my new format, as well as any ideas you have for things I should focus on first. After all, I use your input a great deal when determining which things I should talk about most urgently. The more I get asked about a given topic, the more likely I am to make it my priority to blog about it!
Thanks so much for sticking with Ink Nouveau, and for supporting my blog and my store during this completely crazy and exciting time we're experiencing. I want to provide you with the best fountain pen education and community as possible, and this rededication is the next step to helping me do that.