Well, I made it almost 2 weeks posting every day. Yesterday was a very crazy day. I do plan on posting something every day, but I’m going to miss. And that’s OK.
But today, I want to revisit the idea of always messing with our system, wanting the new pen or pencil, every time we hit a store we head to the office supplies or stationery aisle – the idea that we are never content. Yesterday, our friends over at Field Notes teased something new and the Field Nuts group on Facebook went, well, nuts. Why is that?
It seems that the stationery market has stumbled upon the idea of the collectable or the rare or the limited edition item. Lamy has their limited edition colors. Blackwings has their Volumes edition. And Field Notes has their Colors subscriptions and their limited editions. We see it even with ink with the Montblanc JFK or some of the Bungbox varities. Why do I need a custom edition when I’ve got more than I will ever use sitting on a shelf?
I think I’ve talked about SABLE before and frankly, I probably have enough pencils and pens alone to last a lifetime. Maybe not notebooks, but they tend to get used more frequently. Why do we get so excited over something new? Is it FOMO? I wish I knew. When you start to feel like you could open your own branch of CW Pencils or JetPens … maybe you have a problem (OK, I probably can’t, but when people walk into my office, well, they are … impressed with all my pencils. Yeah, impressed.)
Look, I enjoy the latest and greatest as much as the next guy. But, if approach our collections as tools rather than, well, collections, there comes a point where we should ask ourselves “Do I really need another hammer? Screwdriver?” Just something to consider this Friday as we head into the weekend.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some work to get done … and a new bullet journal to set up!