Welcome! After more than a year of activity in the FP community, I have decided to start this blog to share my thoughts on fountain pens and the FP marketplace. Instinct tells me there's very little overlap between people who are interested in pens and in economics, and that the blog therefore is going to have a pretty narrow audience. I sincerely hope that those of you interested in both topics will get a lot of value from reading.
I read a lot of FP blogs but I'm yet to find anything that covers the economics of the market or discusses some of the interesting (and confusing) phenomena that arise in a niche market like ours. In addition to reviews, I will be looking at how the market operates and explaining the model that I use to understand what's going on. Hopefully, this will be interesting and lead to improvements in transparency and innovation.
This isn't entirely done selflessly; I suspect there is a real need out there (particularly amongst the retailers and manufacturers) for practical guidance in developing goals and a strategy for the future, and this is my pitch for that business. If you're a manager and want to have a chat about where your business is positioned and its direction in the future, get in touch!
If you would like to know more about me, go to the About page or get in touch via the Contact form. You can also PM me on reddit (I'm /u/drjd16) or FPN (jd16). I'm looking forward to building this website and hope you'll find it interesting. If you have any feedback on particular posts or the direction of the blog, I would really love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading!