Does anybody write in old fashioned journals anymore? People love Moleskines. I’ve never written in one, but the appeal of it seems so nice. Hipster-esque almost, but a regular 70 page spiral notebook works just as well for me.
Is the regular journal becoming obsolete? With new media being more accessible, you can have a private blog without the hassle of writing in a notebook. A plus of creating a private blog is the ability to modify themes, colors, and add images with the click of a button. Another benefit is that you don’t ever have to worry about someone finding it. (Besides, maybe hackers, but then they don’t know us, so who cares?) Isn’t that our worst fear though? Having someone find our journal and read everything that we’re really thinking about?
With these benefits, I can see why people prefer to keep a private blog rather than a handwritten journal. How many hours do people spend on the computer? I know I spend way hours on the internet everyday. It’s either reading, checking email, or typing a paper. So it makes it easier to write in a personal blog because people are always on the internet. Pull up a login screen and we’re there. We can switch in and out of tabs and go back to doing what we should be doing and writing in a quick second. When you write in a regular journal, there is an “obligation” of completing your thoughts then going onto the next thing. Switching to something else and coming back doesn’t feel as smooth.
I know I’m not the only person who journals, but it’s sad that not more people my age don’t write in journals. This generation would rather have photographic representations than use words. There is nothing wrong with that. After all, the old saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But by using words, you get to write exactly how you feel in a moment. You get to remember all of the little details that you probably didn’t want to take a picture of. In a picture, the truth is you’re forced to smile. Does that smile represent how you truly felt in the moment? Maybe, but maybe not. I’m sure there were a fair share of arguments during that family vacation.
There is something beautiful about putting my pen to the paper rather than my fingers meeting the keys on a keyboard. I’m too familiar with the clickity clack, but when the pen hits the paper, the words follow a smooth flow. It is something that is underrated now. There’s also something beautiful about getting a hand cramp when I’m writing too quickly. It means that all of my thoughts are overflowing at the surface. That’s missing in typing because my fingers don’t ever get tired.
For me a hard copy journal is more accessible. Instead of needing a computer, I can read it at my leisure. It feels more real and personal. Every word that I wrote is mine. It’s mine meaning that I chose these words and I consciously made each stroke. Typing on a computer can seem mechanical. The letters appear on the screen in a blink.
I keep a journal because I want to remember all of the moments exactly as they are. I know that in a few years, I’m going to forget all of the little details. All the chills and laughs that I had. We might think that we will remember everything, but we won’t. By journaling, I see that a 70 page spiral notebook can be used for more than class notes. The journal can be used for my own thoughts. The problem is I actually have to write in it.