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Saying Goodbye to Little Brown Pen

Nichole Robertson, Paris, Rue Montorgueil

For the past few months, we toyed with the idea of changing the name of our studio from Little Brown Pen to Obvious State. Evan and I have some very exciting projects planned for 2013 that will take us in new directions, and felt that the legacy of Little Brown Pen was limiting how we saw the future. But inertia kept us from changing, and we put off the decision.

Well the universe gave us a big kick in the pants this past weekend when our website, littlebrownpen.com, suddenly stopped working. A quick investigation revealed an unauthorized transfer of our domain. Without boring you with the details, we no longer own the domain, and we're not sure we'll get it back.

Now that the initial shock is over, however,  we've found the silver lining. We inadvertently got what we wanted! And now 48 hours later, we have our new site, our new name, and we're ready to get back to work on all the great projects we have planned for 2013 (fear not, Francophiles, there's more Paris-related fun on the way).

We would really appreciate it if you update your bookmarks and spread the word. The one real loss is our inbound links. We hope people can find us!

We both want to thank you for your support over the years, and hope you'll enjoy coming along for the ride this year.

- Nichole


Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Virginia

Such is life. I think you’re right though, it was all for the best. I just had a snafu that sent all 35000 of my photos into ONE giant event in my Iphoto library. It took me days to divide them all back up but in the process I got rid of about 10,000 duplicates and junk photos. Now that I look back on it, it too was for the best. I’m more organized and smarter…I hope.

Good luck and I can’t wait to see what you two cook up this year. I’ll spread the word.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Lindsey

New year, new chapter! Albeit uncomfortable, change is good. We all know this. And I have to say, I really like this change! Hope you’re settling in nicely to your new digs!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

Hi Karen.

Thanks so much! You are right. Sometimes abrupt change can push us in the right direction. I’ve certainly had moments in life that pushed me (abrupt move to Paris in 2009 was one of them).

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Karen A. Chase

Some decisions we make, and some are made for us. Either way, I have found it is my approach to that change, my ability to adapt and handle it with grace and enthusiasm, that has turned those decisions into a positive thing. Change is an opportunity for growth, and I’m so excited for you that the foundation for your new growth is one you’ve longed for. Of course you’ll miss the old name, but who you will be come… ahh, that perhaps will soon be Obvious State. Good luck!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Kris

I wish you all the best with your new adventure! Life is about the ride. Change is good, it keeps the ride exciting and fun! I look forward to seeing where your new path takes you!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

Oh no, V! I can’t imagine that. I am sure you are better off on this side of it. ;)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

Thanks, Lindsey! We are really excited. I would NOT want to relive the hell of the weekend, but things look great on this side of it.

BTW, I will see you in Paris a lot this year. ;)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

Thanks Kris!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Lindsey


Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Aisha from Expatlogue

Well you certainly know how to roll with the punches – the new site is sizzling! The world works in mysterious ways and you’ve come up smelling of roses in this instance. Best lof luck for 2013.

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