• Pocket Notebooks

     

    Sorry I’m late.

    I promised to update you yesterday.

    I am now the proud owner of Pocket Notebooks

    I completed the transaction yesterday and spent the day doing all of the things that you have to do on day one of a new business. I believe that I managed to get through the entire day without breaking anything.

    The website was setup by two cracking guys from the North East. They have another business, and as it took off, by their own admission, Pocket Notebooks suffered a little.

    The site sells Notebooks. No, not powerful, miniaturised computers, but paper notebooks. I never go anywhere without a notebook, and I don’t always have a briefcase with me. So, I’m a big user of pocket-sized ones.

    There is a renaissance of pen and paper. It is not a rejection of technology, but rather a recognition that for some things, technology is brilliant, but that for others, the analogue way still works best.

    So, my new company, Loggedoff Ltd, will be offering a place to come and buy some old fashioned technology; Pocket Notebooks. You can even subscribe for a regular delivery of a curated collection of notebooks.

    It will take me a few weeks to get everything stocked up and firing, but as I write I have two new lines in transit and some old favourites on their way down from the North East.

    P.S. Forget the App, there’s a Pocket Notebook for that…

  • S is for Stationery

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    I have already blogged about Bureau Direct, where I get my notebooks. Another outlet where I recently purchased lovely headed paper is Honey Tree.

    Spurred on by my enjoyment of writing in notebooks and sending letters, and egged on by my fellow addict Amanda, I signed up to Spotlight Stationery. For a small monthly fee, they send me a surprise box of stationery at the end of each month. Amanda wrote a great post on her other blog about these boxes.

    They are beautiful. I received my first one in March and was instantly smitten. The day of receipt, I sent all of the postcards from the box to surprised friends.

    Go check Spotlight Stationery out, they are fantastic.

    If you haven’t already deduced it, I am a big believer in enthusiasm. In the past, I ran training courses and had a slide that read;

    “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

    It’s absolutely true. Whether it be business, blogging, writing, love or even stationery, do it with enthusiasm. The outcome may not be everything that you hoped for – but does it matter? The other thing about enthusiastic people, is that they are forever smiling.

    Funny that.

    Must dash, my new stationery box is due any day now.

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  • B is for Bureau Direct

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    I blogged yesterday about Amanda, my writing buddy. (Her excellent blog is here)

    She introduced me to Bureau Direct purveyors of fine stationery. They have become my ‘dealers’. No, seriously – this stationery stuff is addictive.

    I have graduated to the hard stuff. Daily, I am taking a big hit of notebook – in fact this post began in a Rhodiarama. I’m a habitual Rhodia user and I sometimes cut in some Clairefontaine too. To change things up, I sometimes move away from the French gear and get a bit Teutonic – there is nothing wrong with a Leuchtturm 1917 now and again. It really is that bad.

    Bureau Direct understand the link between creativity and stationery. With a good notebook and a fountain pen, I can instantly transport myself to different worlds, where the only rules are ones that I decree. The website is excellent, the deliveries are prompt and the customer service absolutely superb – but have a care. Once bitten, you might find yourself compulsively going back for more. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!

    When finally, my time comes, some poor soul will be in my garage scratching his head;

    “The wine, I understand. But what on earth did this guy needs thirty two thousand notebooks for?”