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Journaling has been part of my life since the angst ridden teenage years. I have written in all kinds of journals – hardback and soft cover, colored, patterned and themed. I have written bad poetry, catalogued loves found and lost and come up with many, many ideas. I write everything down. I am an obsessive note taker.
A few years ago, my husband gave me a Moleskine notebook and that was the end of my search for the perfect journal. I have used hardback plain Moleskines ever since. I get through 5-6 per year at the moment and have a cupboard full of them. I am a Moleskine lover and proud of it.
So what is so great about Moleskines?
- The plain white page in the plain black book means everything inside is precious. The book itself is functional and ready to be expressed into. There is no confusion here. It is a blank canvas for personal expression.
- The back pocket becomes a repository of memory. I keep scraps of paper and pictures and little thoughts in my pockets.
- I adore Bruce Chatwin. His book ‘The Songlines‘ inspired my own trip to Australia, and his thoughts on walking and being nomadic still shape my life today. He was the one who brought the Moleskine back from the dead. Read the history here.
- The brand has become synonymous with creativity. It is known as the notebook of Van Gogh, Picasso, Hemingway and Chatwin. It inspires creatives to be like their heroes. Moleskine itself tells a good story, capturing a history that has been reinvigorated by the company.
- People are turning Moleskines into art for sale as physical objects. Hugh Macleod from Gaping Void has this one.
- There is a culture of sharing the Moleskine creations, a community built around pictures and videos as well as Moleskine hacks. Check out the video below. Mine aren't quite so artistic but they are very precious!
What journals do you use? Are you dedicated to any journal brand in particular?