Anyone who is a regular reader here has probably noticed that the frequency of my posts has substantially decreased. I haven't quit posting altogether, but I'm definitely not the blogging machine I once was. I got a message from a reader recently and they mentioned they hadn't seen me post as frequently and wanted to make sure everything was ok.
First off, I love this community. The fact that some stranger on the internet would reach out to me to make sure everything is okay just astounds me. The pen community is a small, tightly-knit group of passionate people. Passionate about pens. About paper. About ink. And about each other. Some of the best folks I've ever met, I met through the pen community. Most of them I've not ever actually met, but have exchanged conversations with via blogs, forums and social media.
But the reason for my lack of posting is that about 10 months ago, I got to become the greatest thing I could have ever hoped to be... A father. My daughter was born in November of last year and since then, my focus has shifted from pens and inks and papers to which formula to use, diapers, onesies, family hangouts and daycare. And while my amazing wife takes on (conservatively) 90% of the burden of the organizing, prepping, clothing, etc. (I'm still not sure how she does what she does), I just don't have as much time for blogging as I used to.
Our days are pretty full with morning routines, after-daycare routines, nighttime routines. My normal "blogging" time is now spent wrestling a 10-month-old into pajamas and snuggling her down between my wife and I in front of an episode of Game of Thrones.
I promise this won't last forever. I have plans to get back to this eventually. And I realize that announcing that I'm not going to be posting as frequently is probably worse than just posting infrequently and quite possibly spells certain death for my blog as a whole, but I wanted to let my readers know that I'm well and having the time of my life with my wife and daughter. It truly is the greatest joy — the most humbling journey — to have the love of my wife and daughter. And I'm soaking it all up. Because one day she'll be thirteen and she'll hate me until she's 25.
In the meantime, you can get your pen blog fix from my friends Mike at The Clicky Post, Brad at The Pen Addict, Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk, Joe at The Gentleman Stationer, and Bob at My Pen Needs Ink. If I left anyone out, my apologies.
Thanks for all the love and support and encouragement. I'll be posting here as often as I'm able, but in the meantime, I'll be spending some extra time with my girls. And napping.
Thanks for reading,