Sunday, April 7, 2013
One Million Views (and counting)
Back when I first started doing videos in January of 2010, I had no idea how long I would do them or if anyone would even care to watch them. I had no video making experience, and I really didn't have a plan for how I was going to do them or in what frequency. I just knew I needed to make them, and I credit Gary Vaynerchuck and his book Crush It! for giving me the ideas and inspiration to make it happen.
I started my first video back on January 15th, 2010, just 10 days before my son was born. The Goulet Pen Company at that time was little more than a dream, we'd only been selling fountain pen ink and paper (no pens!) for a couple of months. It was just by wife and me, and she was working a full-time job. When her maternity leave ran out, she couldn't bear the thought of going back to work and leaving our son, so we had to make the decision to try to make our little fountain pen supply business something we could live on, without any guarantees whatsoever. We had a little money saved up, but not much, and with a newborn and a mortgage we had anything but financial security. It was truly a leap of faith for us to decide to dedicate everything we had to making GPC a viable business, and producing videos and blog content on Ink Nouveau was an integral part in doing that.
After years of hard work, big risks, and many sleepless nights, we now have what many would consider to be a dream job. I can't deny that we are incredibly blessed to be doing what we love and working with our two kids every day. Even though we no longer work out of our house, we commute with our kids to our shop each day, and we balance out managing our staff of 14 with the needs of our kids, changing diapers and reading books on Thomas the Tank Engine and Dr. Seuss. We work very long hours, and we've given up essentially everything besides faith, family, and work to be able to make it happen, but it has been well worth it. We are incredibly thankful for the love and support we have in the fountain pen community, and we will continue to educate and entertain with future videos for as long as we're able, because we're so thankful for your allowing us to do what we love every day.
Thank you for supporting us on Ink Nouveau, on YouTube, our podcast, and of course, GouletPens.com. For more than three years since we started our company, we've grown from an unknown mom-and-pop store to a company that's able to do some pretty neat things, and we want to continue to be able to do more. We still don't do any paid advertising, we rely solely on your word-of-mouth to spread the word about us. Hitting 1 million views on YouTube is both exciting and humbling. I feel very appreciated and valued with every video that I post, like I'm really helping you to enhance your own fountain pen experience. Thank you so much for all of your love and support, and here's to the next 1 million views!