We've been picking up some new readers lately, so it seemed like a good time to give our new friends a little idea what they can find on the Tiger Pens Blog.
We're all about ink pens here, from fountain to ballpoint, and the ways that people use them, whether for writing, office work or creating pieces of art. Occasionally, we'll touch on notebooks and paper, but there are several excellent blogs that do it so well, we usually leave it to them (we're looking at you, Notebook Stories, Rhodia Drive and a dozen others).
Our favorite pens are the ones that are relatively inexpensive, reliable and comfortable to use – gels and rollerballs and hybrids from Pentel, Uniball and the like. We're also fans of novelty pens, or just about any kind of pen that is 'different.'
In keeping with our love of pens and their uses, we run several regular features on the blog. In no particular order, they are:
Pen Reviews – Fair, honest assessments of the newest disposable and refillable pens, as well as the classics that deserve a new look once in a while. Yes, we probably sell most of them, and, if we like a pen, we'll tell you...but if we don't like one, we'll tell you that, too.
Giveaways – Pens are great fun...and FREE pens are even funner, err, more fun. So, every month, we set aside a special package of pens to give to one of our readers just as our way of saying 'thanks' for visiting. If you discovered our blog through one of the giveaways, welcome, and we hope you stay a while.
Totally Random Pen Stuff – This is an occasional feature comprising news about pens coming to market, pen-related stories in the media, and mentions of interesting pen collectors, as well as other miscellaneous pen nuggets of interest.
Conversations About Handwriting – Pens aren't much good if we don't use them, and handwriting is one of the most common uses of pens, so naturally we follow the chatter on this topic with great interest. Our occasional handwriting feature collects tidbits of news and opinion on handwriting, from features on handwriting teachers to the handwriting practices of presidents.
Inappropriate Uses of Pens – Some people do the craziest things with their pens...things that pens were clearly not intended to do. Sometimes, they are amusing, other times, mind-boggling. We collect those stories, and once in a while, post them for our readers' enjoyment.
Penthusiasm! – There is a wonderful, vibrant community of pen enthusiasts online who happily share their endless knowledge of pens through blogs, Twitter and Facebook. Every week, they write dozens of posts about pens, pencils and paper that are, by turns, amusing and fascinating. Each week, we try to round up some of the best ones and share with our readers, in case there is something they've missed.
Blog Reviews – Each month, we try to select one pen- or paper-related blog to feature as an outstanding blog. We choose them based on...well, basically, their 'wow' factor. If they often have posts that we read, then say, 'oh wow, that was cool!' then there's a good chance we'll review them at some point.
Guest Posts – We're continually amazed at the level of expertise or just plain enthusiasm of some in the pen community. When we come across someone who writes brilliant pen posts, whether reviews, anecdotes, or obscure finds, then we invite them to post on our blog, both to help spread the word about them...and to impress our readers with our nifty pen friends. ;)
Tiger Pens News – It's no secret that we sell pens, but the last thing we want to do is flog our products too much on the blog. This blog is first and foremost about providing our visitors with informative and entertaining posts about pens and pencils. But once in a while, we get in a new product, or have a special deal running that we really want to share with as many people as possible. When that happens, you'll read about it here. Just not too often.
One thing we've been thinking about is adding a regular feature on artists and theworks they create with pen-and-ink and pencil. So many of you seem to be quite talented, and we love seeing the drawings and sketches that you post on your sites and on Twitter. Whether a new visitor or a regular reader, please let us know what you'd think about seeing a regularly featured artist on the blog.
And, if there is anything new or different that any of you would like for us to try, don't hesitate to leave a comment or send an email using the 'Contact' link at the top.
The blog is here for you, so we want it to be exactly what you want.