FPGeeks has been up and running under our current goal to centralize new pen announcements for just over a year now. We’ve published almost 700 articles, at least a quarter of those being new pen releases, with no intention of slowing down anytime soon. While it’s great to have all that information in one place, it doesn’t do much good if you can’t find it.
The Find Your Next Pen widget in the right sidebar of the website (highlighted in blue in the image to the left) is our solution to this problem.
The widget will allow you to find any post that we consider to be a new product announcement, including Hands-on and Awesome Reviews.
You will be able to make multiple selections in each category to find pens based on Brand, Filling System, Nib Material, and Price Class. And, yes, we will be updating the names for each price class to include the price range they cover.
The only downside I see to this solution is that it refreshes the page after you hit “Submit”. We’re working on developing a page using jquery that will eliminate the need to refresh the page after you’ve made your selection and will bring in the matching posts using some cool animations. But that’s gonna take a while.
What we’d like for you to do is give us your thoughts. Does this widget suck so bad in its current form that we should just remove it from the site? Is it so good that you’re finally able to sleep through the night knowing you can easily find the pen of your dreams?
Keep in mind that the addition of more categories will be limited. Things like ‘color’ or ‘nib size’ just won’t work well. But, something like a check-box for ‘demonstrator’ may be useful.
Now go play with it and report back here with any bugs, criticisms, or praises.