Year 2015 was a pretty eventful year for Field Notes fans: it brought us many special editions, like the XOXO 2015 and Dead Print editions, and a Field Notes AMA. I tried to stay on top of the news but my original intent for Three Staples was, and still is, for me to go through my entire collection of COLORS editions and write a post on each edition. In 2015, I wrote a total of 7 COLORS posts (see the end of this post for the list), which means I’m nowhere near completing that goal. But considering that there are 4 new editions per year, and that I'm a very slow writer, I think I did an okay job. Gotta leave something to do in the new year, right? ;)
When I look back on all my 2015 FN posts though, a particular one stands out in my memory, and that is the Field Notes Item Numbers post. Not necessarily because it got some attention but because it sat in my drafts folder for over a year, and I doubted the idea the entire time fearing I’d be judged for it. But I’m glad it’s out there now; it was a lot of fun, and it felt good to finally hit that Publish button.
In addition to all the Field Notes posts, I wrote about my other favorite stationery topics, namely journaling and notebooks. I was excited to learn that people actually read them, especially my journaling setup posts, so I’m glad I branched out. I also got deeper into wood-cased pencils in 2015, so I wrote a few pencil-centric posts. Back in March, I also started a series of link posts called Extra Staples in an effort to keep up with the news and connect with fellow stationery-enthusiasts. It’s so irregular that you might think I gave up on it, but I haven’t and I plan on continuing it.
One of the biggest things that happened in 2015 is that the audience grew here at Three Staples. I would attribute that to several blogs and podcasters that have mentioned this site throughout the year (including Field Notes themselves!) so thank you, thank you, thank you. I am happy that what I share online is of some interest to people, and I thank all those who visit or follow Three Staples on Instagram and Twitter, even though I don’t post regularly. I know everything is vying for your attention these days, so I appreciate those who take the time to write comments, tweet, and “like” my stuff. And who knew I would make some great friends online by writing about pocket notebooks? For a painful introvert like me, that’s quite an accomplishment, and one of the best things to have happened through Three Staples. So thank you. And I would not have started this site if it weren’t for many great stationery-related sites that came before me, so I thank them very much for the support and inspiration.
Before I get too sappy, I'll close with a rundown of some 2015 posts, in case you missed any of them. Who knows what the new year will be like but I’m looking forward to it! I have no concrete roadmap for Three Staples, but at the very least I’ll continue what I’ve been doing and make sure to enjoy the ride.
Some favorite posts from 2015
- Field Notes Color Comparison: White (Feb 2)
- DDC Factory Floor – Ink Pad Swatch Book (Mar 6)
- Field Notes Color Comparison: Yellow (Apr 30)
- Field Notes: Item Numbers (Aug 31)
Field Notes COLORS Editions
- Traveling Salesman (Jan 13)
- Ambition (Jan 26)
- America the Beautiful (Feb 23)
- Two Rivers (Mar 30)
- Packet of Sunshine (Apr 14)
- Workshop Companion (Jul 15)
- Shenandoah (Oct 29)
- Tokyo: Pilot PEN STATION Museum & Café (Jan 1)
- DDC Playing Card Set “Thick Lines” Edition (Feb 12)
- INCH × INCH Buttons (July 24)
- Hobonichi Accessories (Oct 19)
- Stationery Shopping Log: Seattle 2015 (Dec 16)
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you on the other side!