The irony of writing a digital blog post about paper journals is not lost on me. There is something about hand writing your thoughts which can’t be matched by typing. It would be easy to keep a journal on the computer and type a little bit everyday, but it would never be the same. A computer file would be too amorphous, too easily lost in a computer crash or accidentally deleted. A journal filled with your handwriting across every page is solid, a permanent record which you keep in a safe place and save until you’re old. I rarely read my filled journals, but hopefully one day when I’m gray and reminiscent I’ll look back and be reminded of my younger self. For now, the pleasure for me is in the writing- having a place where my mind can go, where the thoughts in my head can scrawl across the pages. Writing is calming. It’s a chance to talk to myself, to work through how I feel about things, to record the mundane and ordinary that no one else would care about. Basically anything and everything- it’s good for my head.
My journal has always been the place for my life- a spot to record my day, draw a cute doodle, put mementos, write lists, jot down websites I want to check out, etc. I used my journals sort of as a bullet journal long before bullet journals were officially a thing.
I’m rarely without my journal since it goes with me in my purse or my work bag on most days. I’ve experimented with all sizes from large to small, from hard covers to soft covers, from sewn bindings to spiral bindings, from cheap to expensive. I don’t have one favorite type or brand although I favor leather covers and creamy paper. I’m a sucker for buying journals- I see a nice one and I usually have to have it even though I won’t get around to using it in the near future. I admit to having expensive tastes… the more luxurious the journal feels the more likely I am to love it.
I’m starting to write in a new journal that I just picked up from Barnes and Noble while I was at the beach a few weekends ago. It’s a thick leather journal with a tie, and the pattern is called Flowers and Fishnets. This specific cover is likely no longer available since I found it at 75% off in the sale bin. Barnes and Noble does still sell this style of journal for $34.95 but in different patterns such as cherry blossoms, roses, or butterflies. It’s 6 x 8 inches with 384 thick ivory pages, and it feels well made and rich. I’m excited to start filling up the pages!
Leave a comment below and let me know what type of journal you’re using and what you like about it! Also, what sort of things do you put in your journal or keep track of? I’m always looking for new ideas!