I started The Pen Addict in late 2007, but it was early in 2008 before it really started to take off. Since the site has picked up a lot of new readers along the way, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the top pen reviews of the last year. I pulled the numbers from Google Analytics, and here are the results. (Note - some of the posts are from the old blog address, so I have linked the original post and comments since the comments didn't make the transfer over to the new site.)
1. Sharpie Pen
Easily the most popular review of the year, the Sharpie Pen spawned 42 comments on the original thread and dozens of emails asking where they can be found. Fortunately, these pens are now on store shelves almost everywhere, and remain one of my favorite pens.
One of the best all-around micro-tip pens, the Uni-Ball Signo DX is a workhorse. I probably have a dozen of these now in various colors and sizes. (Original Post)
5. Muji Gel Ink Pen 0.38mm Black
After hearing repeatedly about this pen, a reader was kind enough to send me this Muji Gel. It works really well, and the price makes them one of the best bangs for the buck - if you can get your hands on them. (Original Post)
6. Uni-Ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil
Given enough time, the Uni-Ball Kuru Toga review may take over the Sharpie Pen in the top spot. It is impressive that this review has only been up for two weeks and is in the #6 spot overall, and #1 since I moved to my new domain. This is the pencil that took the blogosphere by storm.
7. Zebra Sarasa Stick 0.4mm
The series of pens I have been reviewing from Pen Addict reader Bryan in Japan has been a hit, and the Zebra Sarasa Stick has been tops so far.
8. Uni-Ball Signo DX 0.28mm Brown/Black
Readers told me time and time again to try the Uni-Ball Signo DX Brown/Black, and once I finally did, I loved it. I ordered the 0.38mm the next day.
9. Lamy Safari
My first foray into non-disposable fountain pens was a hit with this Lamy Safari. The Lime Green body with chrome clip is a real looker, and I am ready to give more fountain pens a shot in 2009.
10. Zebra Disposable Brush Sign Pen - Super Fine
Brush pens are not my forte, but artists, sketchers, and doodlers alike all sing the praises of them. This Zebra Disposable was my first, and I can see why they are so popular.
Thank you to everybody who made 2008 such a great year for The Pen Addict. Here's to another great year in 2009!