Friday Link Share!

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Three Good Things at Little Flower Petals

Journaling Through Your Injuries at Creative Write Now

Where do you get creative? at Lifehacker

List It Tuesday: Been There Done That at Daisy Yellow Blog

Creative Thinking Exercises for the Workplace at Chron

Packing for India at Urban Sketchers

Marker Review…..2nd Edition at Draw Doodle Decorate


This Old Notebook at Patrick Rhone

You Can Have my Notebook When You Pry it From My Cold, Dead Fingers at The Digital Reader

The Post Office at Collage Journeys

12 Most Inspired Online Resources for Creative Juice at 12Most

Pen Shows: The 2013 Philadelphia Pen Show Review at Anderson

Robin Quivers gives Howard Stern a $1700 pen at

Writing works wonders: Personal growth, creativity among benefits of journaling for children at The Joplin Globe

F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret of Great Writing at The Passive Voice

51 Examples Of Matching Ink To Pen To Paper at Inkophile

Lisa Cargile’s Pencil Photography. at Pencil Revolution

Waterman Early Crusader at Fountain Pen Restoration

The Power of Handwritten Notes and Reminders at Journal in a Box

Myths About Our Right and Left Brains at Psychology Today

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How are you reading your blogs? Is it through a bookmarked link in your browser, via a feed reader, direct  e-mail or an app on your mobile device? And is there anything we could do to make Rhodia Drive more friendly towards your preferred method of delivery?

I used to use Google Reader as my primary blog reader until I found the FlipBoard app for my iPad – but I’m still always wondering if there is a neater or more efficient way to peruse content from the 150+ blogs I’m subscribed to. My inbox is a little too full for blog subscriptions and so I only receive a handful via e-mail.

Blogroll Housekeeping and Looking for New Links

Here on Rhodia Drive, we maintain a blogroll consisting of sites dedicated to paper, pens, pencils, ink, art, art journaling, and writing. It’s about that time of year when I check to make sure all of the current links are still functional and also when I start looking for cool new links.

If you have or know of an awesome blog you think we should consider adding to our blogroll, leave the link down in the comment section and I will be happy to take a look. I can’t guarantee we will be able to use each and every submission, but please know that we are always looking for relevant sites with quality content. Reciprocal linkage is always appreciated.

Oh, and please let me know if you regularly peruse our existing blogroll links.

Final Friday Link Share of 2012

Handwritten Review: Rhodia Dot Pad at Ed Jelley

Good Grammar Kills No One at Icy’s Blunt Pencil

J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite Anniversary Ink at The Well-Appointed Desk

2012 Planner Tally at Plannerisms

Book Review: Raw Art Journaling at A Penchant for Paper

Deep Letters Correspondence Project at LadyKayy

The Return of Writing at

How to Write Emails that Get an Immediate Response at ProBlogger

Hilarious Video Proof: Your Ability to Make Realistic Sound Effects Is Gender-Based at Open Culture

New tangle pattern Kabbidge at Life Imitates Doodles

Make Writing Your Only Plan at The Passive Voice

Non-Writing Spouses at The Passive Voice

Pilot Capless Hand Written Review at Inktronics

Quintessential Conversion: The Ultimate Warehouse Loft at WebUrbanist

Use a “Done List” to Keep Yourself Feeling Efficient and Motivated at Lifehacker

Ink Links at The Pen Addict

17 Tips From Instagram’s Power Elite For Amazing Travel Photos at Mashable

Writing Tips: Every Word Matters at Writing Forward

Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative in Life Inspirational at AllInfographics

I will Catch Up at My Supply Room

Unplugging The Geek… Exploring New Geekdoms at Blessed are the Geeks

20 Business Tools for Entrepreneurs at Under30CEO

Ѧяt ʝ◎üґη@ℓḯᾔḡ ⑴ø𝟙 at Daisy Yellow

Image courtesy of properadhd on Instagram

Black Friday Link Share

10 Excellent Reading Nooks at The Passive Voice

Ending A Journal at Kaizen Journaling

Journal-Writing can be Self-Care During the Upcoming Busy Holidays at Yahoo News

An Ink Blotter and Why You Need One at Inkophile

Ink Links at The Pen Addict

Rosewood Writes Green via The Fozzy Book on Instagram

Getting warmed up with recent Blick’s loot at Lung Sketching Scrolls

Journal Writing a Just-for-Fun To-Do List at Personal Journal Blog

Lamy Accent Hand Written Review at INKTRONICS

Pics from Saturday at the 2012 Ohio Pen Show at Fountain Pen Geeks

What are professional reviews for? at Seth Godin’s Blog

The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States at mental_floss

Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients at Collectors Weekly

Writing Down the Ink #7: Sailor Sky High at Peaceable Writer

Updated Ink Nouveau and Write Time Podcasts at Ink Nouveau

Improve Your Memory with The Chunking Technique at lifehacker

Review of the Quo Vadis Habana Notebook Large at Life Imitates Doodles

Featured Pen – Ken Cavers Bamboo at PENS PAPER INKS…WHATEVER!

The Unofficial Guide to Creative Prompts | Challenges | Inspiration at Daisy Yellow Blog

Staedtler Textsurfer Classic Highlighter at A Penchant for Paper

Watch the “Biblio-Mat” Book-Vending Machine Dispense Literary Delight at Open Culture

Good Reason to Keep a Rhodia Graph Pad in Your Sewing Bag via loveyoumuches on Instagram

3 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Day Job at

A New World at Spiritual Evolution of the Bean

Image courtesy of Adelle Ang. Follow crabbyphatty on Instagram.

Friday Link Share

A Plethora of Writing Prompts for Creative Writing and Journaling at Daring to Live Fully

Pencil Review: Dixon Tri-conderoga at A Penchant for Paper

New Rhodiarama Webbies at PENS PAPER INKS…WHATEVER!

Wed. Review- Monteverde Artista Crystal at Ink Nouveau

Rainbow Realities: 18 Everyday Objects Organized by Color at WebUrbanist

10 Tricks to Get the Creative Juices Flowing at

Le rouge et le bleu: a special Herbin giveaway at Quo Vadis Blog

One More Month Done… at Water Blossoms

Most Popular Budget Pen: Pilot Pens at Lifehacker

Image courtesy of jadedlotus on Instagram


Friday Link Share

What do you think of the wall of Rhodia? I think it looks like Tetris.

Post-It Iterations Take Classic Notes to New Levels
at WebUrbanist

Featured Pen – TWSBI Vac 700 at Whatever

Marbled-Edge Ledgers at Notebook Stories

The Extravagant Tale of a Mere Pencil: Palomino & Blackwing at the Blog of the European Paper Company

Stockholm’s underground subway art at BBC

Delfonics Utility Bag Review at The Well-Appointed Desk

J. Herbin Vert Pre Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge Review at The Pen Addict

What Do You Do When You’re Angry? ~ Deborah Lange at Elephant Journal

New Favorite Eraser: Pentel Hi-Polymer at Little Flower Petals

Fascinating Liquid Art by Markus Reugels at

Antique E. Wolff London Pencil Lead Case on Etsy (InkLinks)

The Lost Art of Hand Lettering at Serifs & Sans

Links From Montblanc to Calligraphy to Watercolourists at An Inkophile’s Blog

Image courtesy of Eric Ink – follow ericink on Instagram.

What are Your Favorite Blogs?

We’ve received a lot of feedback from our readers about how much you enjoy our Friday Link Shares and I appreciate knowing that you like reading these as much as I do discovering it. I typically search for content for these posts amongst my 150+ blog subscriptions but will also scour Twitter and Facebook for interesting articles to further enhance the list.

As I am always looking for new content, I would love for you to tell me your favorite blogs so I can check them out. My personal favorites include a plethora of stationery/pen/ink reviewers, tip sites such as Mashable and Lifehacker, and funny sites such as The Oatmeal.

If you have a personal site you’d like me to review for possible addition to our Rhodia Drive Blogroll, please feel free to list that as well.

Favorite Pens + Favorite Paper

I started to regularly use Rhodia and Clairefontaine products after discovering years ago that the waterbased inks in my (at that time) new favorite writing tool, (a fountain pen) did not play well with the paper in my then favorite notebook. I then started upon a mission to seek out the perfect pen/ink/notebook combination and documented many of my findings along the way Continue Readering »

Friday Link Share

7 Ways to Turn Your Journal from Whiny to Empowering at Kaizen Journaling

Julie’s Gadget Diary 04-18-12 at The Gadgeteer

12 Ways to Attack Any Challenge at Inc.

Up and Down at Flickr Blog

Courage and Creating at Creativity for Life

7 Tips For Increasing Your Writing Productivity at Business 2 Community

20 Ways to Kill Your Writer’s Block Forever at Lifehack

Getting messy at nordljus

Travel Week: Flying With Fountain Pens (and other options) at The Well-Appointed Desk

My Collection at Plannerisms

How Cartoons Can Jolt You Into Being Creative
at Thoughts on Theater

What exactly happens when you send a letter to the L.W.A. P.O. Box at Missive Maven

Altered Book: Things I Collect at Daisy Yellow

graphite archive at La Vie Graphite

Note: Journal Addict has become Kaizen Journaling

Image up top courtesy of Bonnie Jean Woogler. It shows off her new favorite pen from Chance Pens.

Which Social Networking or Social Media Sites do you use?

I probably spend more time on Facebook than any other social site, but I’m also on Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Linked in, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. The sites where I probably share the most content are Facebook and Twitter- especially since I found the Flipboard app for iPhones & iPads – an app that makes discovering and sharing new and interesting content extremely simple. Since we are going to be doing a bit of a blog redesign, we are hoping you will help us learn how to make our blog as interactive as possible.

Which are your favorite social sites for sharing content? For discovering content? Do you use an aggregate type of app like Flipboard to discover new content? Any comments would be extremely helpful.

Friday Link Share – a giant list!

More Along the Boulevard at Urban Sketchers

‘Imagine’ That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace at NPR Books

How Fountain Pen Highlighter Inks Hold Up During Copying at Ink Nouveau

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen at Cool Tools

Zen-Like Artist Creates Intricate Pencil Tip Carvings at Web Urbanist

Akashiya Sai Brush pens, Clairefontaine Carnet de Voyage at Drawing with a Squirrel

Another sneak peek at Clairefontaine’s Carnet de Voyage travel album at Life Imitates Doodles

Must you finish a journal? at daisy yellow blog

A Little Ink History For The True Geek at An Inkophile’s Blog

Sticky Note Clock Face – But Why? at Office Supply Geek

How to Defeat Writer’s Block at Writing Forward

Handwritten at Notebook Stories

Fountain Pen Nib Comparison Video at The Pen Addict

Rhodia R Pads – Wow! at Field Notes

Western Suede-covered Diary from 1949 at Notebook Stories

6 Ways to Keep on Writing at Creativity Portal

In the Beginning at The Pear Tree Pen Company

Turn Paper Into Pencils With The P&P Office Waste Paper Processor at Office Supply Junkie

A Week’s Worth of Journaling Prompts: Creative Clustering at Writing Through Life

Fountain Pens And Collecting Autographs In 1932 at Fountain Pen Restoration

Connecting with Nature is Good for Creativity from Art Asana

Letters in the Mail: from famous authors, to you at The Missive Maven

Old Church Converted into a Modern Bookstore at My Modern Met

6 Ways to Make your Own Luck at Inc.

Where doctors go for their fountain pen fix at

Listen to some podcasts from our friend Brad the Pen Addict at 70Decibels

Image courtesy of Seth from the blog Good Pens. He is also one of our Rhodia Journal Swappers.

Pen Test Book

Gentian Osman is one of our favorite calligraphy artists from the blog Drawing with a Squirrel where she can often be found creating the most amazing ink and watercolor art. In this image, Gentian is using the last page of a Rhodia Unlimited pocket book to test a few Hi Tec C Coleto pens. Continue Readering »

Friday Link Share

Five things I learned in Creative Writing Class at Writing Forward

Tohkin Pencil Holder at Pencil Talk

Fisher Space Pen Review at Field Notes and another at Quo Vadis Blog

Modern budget fountain pens at The Well Appointed Desk

Ink Formula Modifications And Consumers, An Unhappy Mix at Inkophile Continue Readering »

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