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Review Update: What's Next?

Every now and then I like to reach out and see what products you would like me to review that I haven't reviewed already. I have plenty of fountain pens and inks in the pipeline, but only a handful of standard pens, pencils, and accessories. Leave a comment below and let me know what old products I have missed or what new things I just haven't checked out yet.

While we are in update mode, I made a big push to update my Pen Friends list, so if you or anyone else needs to be included please don't hesitate to let me know.

And finally, I have a new post rolling out in the morning that I hope you enjoy and look forward to as a Saturday Ink Links replacement. I'm pretty excited about it!

Posted on October 3, 2014 and filed under General.

Help Wanted

Fall is my busy season at home, and in an effort to curtail any prolonged absencse like last year I am looking for some help with The Pen Addict. I have used, and will continue to use, guest posters, but I am looking for something more permanent this time. Here are the details for interested parties:

-- Located in the US.

-- Be able to complete one full product review per week.

-- Have excellent writing/grammatical skills and legible handwriting.

-- Have access to a quality camera.

-- Love pens and paper!

This is a year-round position. I am able to pay a small amount, which will be discussed via email with the candidates.

Still interested? Great! Here is what I need from you:

  1. Send me a message via the Contact Page. The Subject should read "Help Wanted".

  2. Tell me a little about yourself and why you would be a good fit. Include any links to your online presence if pertinent.

  3. In 200 words or less, tell me about your favorite pen.

I'm not setting a deadline on this but I am looking to make a decision sooner rather than later. If I am interested in talking further I will email you back within a week.

Thank you!

Posted on August 6, 2013 and filed under General.



I wasn't sure if the resurrection of my Instagram account was going to stick or not, but I am having more fun than I imagined. If you need your Pen Addict fix between blog posts and podcasts be sure to check me out @penaddict.

Posted on July 12, 2013 and filed under General.

How To Use

There have been a lot of moving parts on the blog over the past few months so I thought a quick post was in order to catch you up on all of the details.

RSS Feed - This is the biggest change. If you are still using the old Feedburner feed it is no longer redirecting and you are not seeing new content. Please update your feed to:

Also, I do not truncate the RSS feed or blog posts, and never will. Ease of use for the reader is way more important to me than another click.

Podcast - The move to 5by5 is complete. If you subscribe in a pod catcher your feed should have updated automatically but you may want to double-check. If you use iTunes please rate and review us!

Social - Find me on Twitter @dowdyism, @dowdy, and Instagram @penaddict. That is where I am most active. Watch the buttons on the sidebar as I add new services (there is no ADN button currently).

Contact - There is a Contact link at the top of the page. Fill out the form and I get sent an email. I answer all of my emails, but it may take me up to a week. If you need a quicker response the best way is to reach me on one of the social networks listed above.

Commenting - Comments are always open on each post. I read them all and try to respond when I can. If there is a question that you absolutely must have answered your best bet is to try one of the methods above.

Search - Wondering if I have reviewed a pen already? Click on the Search box over there to your right and type away.

Advertising - I accept advertising on but I try to keep it minimal and unobtrusive. I am prone to trying new things and if I do you can count on being notified publicly and transparently.

Thank you for your continued support! If there are any additional questions please let me know.

Posted on May 19, 2013 and filed under General.