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finding each other: social media

Hi everyone!


I'm going to take you away from fountain pens to talk about some more meta stuff, a crack in the fourth wall if you will.



Firstly, I want to thank you for reading. It is a wonderful thing that there are people who like reading what I write, it still seems a little unreal to me.


Secondly, I will be taking a break for two weeks. It is the last exam season of the year and I need to pass this one class. It's mostly CAD design work, which doesn't leave me enough room for using my fountain pens as much as I like. I'm also trying to prepare my projects for next year, so time is in even shorter supply than usual these days.


I will be trying to stay active on Instagram if you like scrolling through photographs of pens.


Lastly, I want to mention something that I have been thinking about for some time. I'm not much of a social media person, but I loved Reddit. The fountain pen community (r/fountainpens) there was always welcoming, no matter what pens you (don't) have. r/Pen_Swap was pretty much the only place that I bought/sold pens too. It seems like the subreddit will continue on for now, and I am extremely grateful for that. Even if it hadn't, it would've been very understandable with the situation of things there. I wasn't the most active user, though I tried to sort things by "new" and leave nice comments on new pens and answer some questions every now and then.



This blackout arching over many subreddits reminded me how fragile our communities are. I follow some of the same people on various social media platforms, but still, different platforms have varying levels of comfort.


So, I'm looking for new places to follow fountain pens and stationery. Leave a comment about someone you like watching, reading or listening to. I'll try to check it out, and maybe there are other people out there feeling a little lost after the situation with Reddit.


Hopefully you're having a great weekend and enjoying the hot weather with lots of swimming and ice cream!

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Guest
Jun 30, 2023

I don't know if you follow Hemingway Jones on YT, but he has a pleasant community. I know some YTers also have Discord communities. I haven't checked them out though.

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A Fleeting Ripple
Jul 06, 2023
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Thanks, I like his name :) I'll check him out

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Guest
Jun 21, 2023

I don't have the strenght to keep up with another platform, so it's just going to be reddit for me. Taking it as I could. I love the community over there but understand that it's either going to be the same or... I don't know. Less. Guess I'd still be ok with that.

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A Fleeting Ripple
Jun 22, 2023
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I did like Reddit the most too, we'll see how it goes from here...

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Guest
Jun 18, 2023

As someone who does not use social media that much, I must say that I do appreciate your blog so much! Your photography is great, your texts speak to me, and the pens are gorgeous! <3


Sunny greetings from Berlin from someone who very much enjoys your blog!

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A Fleeting Ripple
Jun 22, 2023
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Haha thank you! :)

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Guest
Jun 17, 2023

+1 about migrating to the Fediverse. There're Reddit alternatives being built such as Lemmy or Kbin, and it's a matter of time before fountain pens' enthusiasts make a place of their own. That being said, I really love stumbling upon @Escritos_mano@mastodon.online's work.

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A Fleeting Ripple
Jun 18, 2023
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Thanks, it seems like with Twitter and Reddit stuff going on, Mastodon is becoming a nice alternative. I'll make sure to check them out :)

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Guest
Jun 17, 2023

I'm on Mastodon and have had some nice interactions via the Penfount group there. https://penfount.ink/join


The ''pendemic" discord that was linked on the Reddit seems nice, and similar to the Reddit itself.

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A Fleeting Ripple
Jun 18, 2023
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Thanks, I'll check Mastadon out. Discord and Slack are too overwhelming for me, I kind of get lost in the messages, though I'll add myself to the pendemic discord :)

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