Thursday, September 8, 2011

Where have all the notebooks gone?

You remember notebooks, right?  Not the kind that you plug in and type on while hoping the battery lasts before find a working outlet – I mean the paper kind.  I’ve had notebooks for years but now they’re lying around blank.  Do we even need them anymore?

I see tons of notebooks, journals and all around cute things with endless possibilities of writing in that sea of blank paper.  I use to buy them by the dozen because they inspired such great things to jot down.  But within the recent years I’ve used them less and less because I was using the computer more.

Granted, sending a hand-written letter or postcard is nice.  It’s easy to jot something down and lie it on someone’s desk or post it to a stack of papers for a reminder.  But now I find it less and less convenient to write down anything.  Even my shopping list is online even though we make a preliminary list throughout the week to make sure we get what we need, our basic list is saved online for easy shopping. 

Notebooks also were used as journals that were kept and looked over years later.  Now we have blogs.  We have notepad on our phone.  We have emails that we can send to ourselves when making blog posts (my favorite way to draft these days.)  I wonder if movies ten years from now will show a heroine pouring over an old blog to get the events and emotions from a historical character’s past. 

I know the notebook is still popular and there are plenty of lovely ones at Paperchase or at the grocery store during Back-To-School sales.  But if we’re not working at an office or in a classroom, are they becoming less and less essential for daily life?  I keep one with me at all times but only every so often to I jot down ideas in them while I’m out.  I have plenty of apps to keep me busy with creativity and productivity these days. 

It’s a lovely thing, a notebook, but as much as I’d like to keep them as a top priority, they’re usually shelved after buying them.  I hate dirtying up such perfect, pretty things.


  1. I am constantly buying pretty little notebooks that never get written in them. Since I've gotten a smartphone, I tend to write most of my lists and reminders there.

  2. Yup, that's just what I've been doing. I love those pretty notebooks but, yeah, the phone is easiest.

  3. I also do a lot of note making on my phone, but I do use notepads with edit reminders as I'm working through my manuscript. The pads are very basic A4 lined affairs rather than the very lovely ones you can buy. As already said, I'm always loath to write in them and ruin them! It is an odd way of thinking, but my note making is such a messy business.

  4. My not making is messy too. I have the one A4 hard cover notebook that I can set on my lap. They're the best for getting actual thoughts down instead of short lists on the phone.