After talking with people at the meet up last weekend and listening to their comments, a radical thought slipped in to my mind on the journey home.
Did we start a renaissance in paper planning?
Think back about 5 or even 10 years and there wasn't the same level of social media usage, the same amount of activity on blogs or You Tube.
In the last 5 years I think you will agree that we have certainly seen a massive interest in paper planning, or an increased awareness of it. Not just in ring bound organisers but in paper planners in general terms.
Now if you look at how the commercial companies have reacted to this increase in levels of activity.
Filofax have just about managed to keep things ticking over they are still seen as the big seller in the organiser market. Their market share though has reduced in the last couple of years.
However, their dominance is being attacked at all price levels with companies coming in to the market such as Kikki K, Websters, Paperchase all producing colourful organisers at the lower price range.
The discovery of Gillio and Van der Spek at the luxury end of the market has also made people think about spending money with Filofax in the hundreds of Dollars, Pounds, Euros price brackets.
Did we start a revolution? Have we saved a few companies from going out of business, or at least saved them from stopping organiser production/sales. And with the increased activity in the world of social media have we encouraged new companies to come in to the market?
I wouldn't claim to have done this singled handed... no it has come out of a lot of mutual co-operation and a lot of networking and bringing people together to share their love and passion for paper planning.
I looked around the restaurant on Saturday evening and thought. Who would have thought that all these people would have come together to share so much laughter and so much shared values more than 5 years ago?
More than 5 years ago you would never have thought that your organiser was the key to the growth of your circle of friends! It just makes me smile and happy to think what a wonderful community we have created.