Cross-post from my LinkedIn profile.

I’ve written before about my fountain pen obsession. Although I use fountain pens every day, I haven’t done anything to clean and maintain them.

This weekend I decided to do the research to figure out how to give my pens a proper cleaning. In doing so, I learned the one of the biggest challenges in keeping fountain pens in perfect condition is when the ink dries. If unused for a long enough period of time, the ink stops flowing, turns solid, and you have to go to great pains to restore the pen to working order.

There’s an easy solution to this, however: don’t let the ink go dry!

It’s a simple idea with far-ranging applications:

  • It’s hard to get back into shape when you’ve been lazy for so long.
  • It’s hard to get back into the habit of writing every day when you’ve allowed yourself to prioritize other things.
  • It’s hard to revive a meetup group that has gone dormant.

For all of these things, the easiest solution is to not let the ink go dry. To keep doing the things that are important to you.

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