February 03, 2023
Your guest is as good as mine 😁
THAT SUBJECT LINE WASN'T A TYPO, WE'RE JUST EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW BOOK!
At just over one month into 2023 we are officially out of resolution season, but still early enough into the year to start good new habits, and this one is easy: make it a point to commemorate time hosting your favorite people!
We designed the Good Company Guest Book to help you create the perfect bespoke memoir of time you've spent hosting your friends and family. The book comes with 40 writing and drawing prompts, so your guests won't have to get too overwhelmed trying to think of what to write. What's more intimidating than a blank page*, right?
* Okay, bears, dental visits, people with genuine confidence and a 1000 watt smile — maybe many things are more intimidating than a blank page, but you get the idea! Stop making me list things that intimidate me, or you'll be reading this email forever!
Why you need it:
• Helps your guests actually leave a note or doodle of substance about time they spent with you. The creative prompts inside are there to help them craft a thoughtful message or drawing unique to their relationship with you.
• Gives your visitors an activity to do while you're busy making food or drinks or setting the table. It's also ideal for filling a lull in conversation. Sorry, but I don't care how rad of an emcee you are, those awkward silences happen at even the best parties! Now when they do you can just shove your copy of Good Company in their face and get back to mixing martinis or pulling hors d'oeuvres out of the fridge or oven.
• It makes a meaningful memento of time you spent hosting your loved ones, perfect for feeling close to your people when you miss them, or feeling loved on days you feel gloomy.
• Stylish cover art means it looks great on a coffee table or book shelf. A book that doubles as a decor item? Yes, please! We put a lot of thought into designing something that has classic flair and looks great in any living space. We took cues from design movements that have stood the test of time, including mid-century modern and art deco, to craft a celebratory cover that complements a variety of aesthetics from maximalist to contemporary.
The story behind the book:
I actually made my own guest book years ago with a blank journal. Every time someone came to visit me I asked them to write a haiku about their visit or draw a self portrait. Nearly two decades later I have a treasured collection of drawings and messages that make me smile every time I flip through it.
When two friends visited us at the end of last year they commented that they wished they had a book like this in their home and loved the idea of giving visitors prompts to leave a message about their visit. That conversation got me thinking about how I could design a guest book for them and for the rest of the Boredwalk community.
A few of the drawings and haikus in my original guest book that inspired the creation of Good Company.
Speaking of guests, we hosted a guest on the Boredwalk Podcast this week! Kyrus Keenan Westcott (A.K.A. TheVibeWithKy) stopped by our studio to talk mental health, making relatable content for the internet, and interacting with fans and haters. It was a fun episode to record, and if you like Boredwalk content we are confident you'll love this episode and Ky's endlessly amusing video content. You can find him on Tiktok, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. Watch the episode on YouTube or listen on your favorite podcasting platform.
Want a few notable February 3rd birthdays and historical facts to kick off the weekend? Here are a few...
• Born on this day: actress Isla Fisher (1976), novelist Gertrude Stein (1874), actor Nathan Lane (1956), artist Norman Rockwell* (1894), and Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell** (1821)
* I know Rockwell is/was considered an aspirational cultural icon, but I have always found his art incredibly creepy. Boredwalk co-founder Matt feels otherwise, but I remain firm in my conviction that Rockwell's unrelenting swellness is creepy AF!
** Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States
• On this day in 1959 musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) all died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa
• Lastly, on this day in 1870 The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, granting Black men the right to vote
OK, that's it for this week! We'll be back here in your inbox on Monday with another email and (hopefully) a fresh customer Q&A! If you'd like to be featured in an upcoming email reply to this and let us know!
Peace, love, and good company,
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