Merry Christmas! And Looking to 2016


I suppose by now Santa has packed up his sled, grabbed a few of his trusty briars, and set off to spread his cheer to a world that desperately needs it.

I, on the other hand, am typing this while enjoying a pipe of Boswell’s Christmas Cookie with my hard working Royal Danish billiard. This blend was one of the early aromatics I picked up from Boswell’s mail order. Christmas was still a few months away, but as a lover of all things Christmas I couldn’t resist the description. I like the aroma, though surprisingly my wife didn’t care for it. As I came inside to help with some groceries, she turned up her nose and the dreaded words “You stink.” Oh well, at least I like it. My only guess as to the rejection is that the aroma is on the stronger side. Still, if you like the smell of Christmas cookies, and who doesn’t, then give it a whirl.

I’d like to take a moment and reflect on 2015 for a moment. I started this blog earlier in the year with the intentions of updating it roughly once a month. Well, that didn’t happen, as my first novel took a bit longer to complete than expected, and that comes first. To my surprise, a few people have read what I’ve posted, and they’ve enjoyed what I’ve written. As a writer, you never quite know how your work will be received, so it makes me glad when I hear anyone say they like my work.

The big surprise for me in 2015 was getting into the Instagram community. I had an account that was pretty inactive, but after following a few people, I decided it was time I got serious about it. To my surprise, by the end of the year, I’ve reached close to 400 followers. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that would happen, and it amuses me to no end. To put that in perspective, I’ve been on twitter since 2009, and I’m still at about 145 followers, even after tweeting about gaming regularly.

I say that not to boast about the amount of followers I have, but about what a difference the Instagram world is with how friendly the people are there. Every week I have great conversations about pipes and blends with people I’ve never met, yet are as nice and helpful as can be. My only regret is not getting on Instagram sooner.

What of 2016? Well, I plan on continuing my series of how I got into pipe smoking, the problems I ran into, and the tips I’ve discovered along the way. I might review a few of the blends that I enjoy, and highlight a few of the pipes I own. Who knows, I might even write a short story or two about pipe smoking, as I am a fiction writer, and that’s my first love. I’m also planning on checking out Uhle’s Tobacco Shop up in Milwaukee, and I’m thinking about checking out the Chicago Pipe Club. If I do, expect articles written about those trips.

So I hope you enjoy the holidays and spend it with the ones you love, or doing what you enjoy. I will see you in 2016! Merry Christmas, and happy puffing!

-Badger out. ~\U

The Badger Piper wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2 thoughts on “Merry Christmas! And Looking to 2016

  1. Instagram is indeed an amazing social media outlet in that a little more effort has to be taken to post a good photo with a small or lengthy writeup to go along. I live down the road from a very reputable smoke shop here in Lexington Kentucky with a smoke lounge where all the “regulars,” congregate daily to puff on cigars or their pipe and talk shop. I’ve spent many days in there atop leather diamond tuck chairs chit chatting and I have to say that I have had better and more intellectual conversations amongst my friends whom I’ve never met in person on Instagram.
    I’ve only read your first blog and will finish the rest when I get time as I’m interested in your pipe story! Outstanding blogging my friend I look forward to following along. Here’s to 2016 with pipes and sweet smokes!

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    • Thank you for both reading my blog and taking the time to comment! I honestly appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the rest of what you read here.

      Instagram has been an incredibly useful tool to connect with other pipe smokers, see the work of different pipe carvers, and discover new blends and tips for pipe smoking. The community is both friendly and deeply knowledgeable, and there’s so much to learn from others. I wonder if the difference between IG and your local community comes from there being a wider pool of people to find on IG, as only the most hardcore of us care enough to post about our hobby there.

      And I think you make a good point that IG is the perfect media outlet for pipe smokers. It allows us to post both our opinions and thoughts, and include a visual representation for our thoughts. Its one thing to talk about, say, Frog Morton in a forum post. It goes to a new level when you can say your thoughts, and include a picture of the blend itself.

      Hope you have a great 2016, and happy puffing to you as well!


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