Saturday, 20 November 2010

First Anniversary

Dear Readers,

Palimpsest is today one year old. Since its conception on November 20, 2009, its pages have been visited 45,564 times on purpose or by chance. Palimpsest says thank you. Feedburner informs me that the Top Ten most popular pieces throughout all this time have been as follows:

  1. Rebirth by Sharpening on the pleasures of pencil sharpening
  2. Bic, Edding 55, Ball Pentel, Papermate: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on the old classics.
  3. From France to China on pencil finds.
  4. Stationery Store Series: P.W. Akkerman in Amsterdam and Anne Frank and her Fountain Pen
  5. On Bics (Again) on the adored and despised Bic.
  6. Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, an extract from Vladimir Nabokov’s Pnin
  7. Gandhi, his Pencil and Mont Blanc on Mont Blanc’s Limited Edition fountain pen.
  8. To Write Well by Nietzsche: the philosopher on writing and Stationery, Pen, Pencil: Etymology Lesson.
  9. Winston Churchill and his Pens; new/old evidence on the pens that Churchill used from the archives. The eighth place is shared also by The Proud Pen by Hans Christian Andersen and  from the Pick-a-Pen series of readers’ contributions, fellow blogger’s Woodclinched: Uni-Ball Vision Green and Evergreen.
  10. Catholic Conspiracy Deprives Man of Ink on the 17thC Popish plot; D.H. Lawrence Pen and Intercourse; Woman’s Ink, on my personal ink problems

It is traditional to organise a giveaway as a means of celebration for one’s blog first anniversary. So here it goes. A surprise parcel shall arrive at the doorstep of a reader who will be chosen at random and who will be kind enough to leave a quote about writing instruments or inks in place of a comment.

The parcel will contain a selection of writing instruments, including two vintage Sergent-Major nibs No.500.  Kindly leave a quote until Wednesday 24 November. I shall post internationally.


  1. Cogito Ergo Sum; Descartes

    I write, therefore I am.


  2. Happy birthday, Palimpsest.

  3. “If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.”
    Lord Byron

    Happy Birthday and congrats on your 45,564 visits. Very impressive. : )

  4. Big Congratulations! I really enjoy your blog - you have a personal style of writing that I really enjoy. You often bring a new perspective and twist to what you write and set things in a perspective. Really appreciate your pencil stub quest. I do hope you'll keep on writing! Thanks for writing!

  5. "Every word written is a victory against death." - Michel Butor

    I like this one but my fav is from a postcard by Alan Fletcher - "Writing is Thinking in Ink"

    Congrats - looking forward to many more years reading your posts.

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  7. From Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quijote de la Mancha: "la pluma es la lengua del alma." "The quill (pen) is the language (tongue) of the soul."
    (deleted and replaced to improve the translation!)

  8. Congrats! Keep up the good work!

    This is my quotation:

    "Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say." ~Sharon O'Brien

  9. Congratulations on your 1st anniversary! It's a joy to follow your blog. Many more to come!

  10. Happy blog birthday, Lito. A quote from Henry Miller: "Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only." It's as if he understood the relentless demands of blogging. Onward, Palimpsest!

  11. “I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind--and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.”

    Michel de Montaigne

  12. The pen has shaken nations.
    Martin Farquhar Tupper

  13. “My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.” Graham Greene


  14. The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.
    - Robert Brault