In case you are blind, dumb, or you just got here: I love notebooks.
But about a year ago, I discovered that I also love blogging.
And sometimes I don’t know how to reconcile the two and this post my just be a rant of unanswered questions of mine, but stick with me.
Deep down in my gut, I believe there is some truly intrinsically good about the act of putting ink or lead to paper. I think it’s good for the soul. I think it’s a beautiful art, and I love the nostalgia of handwritten items. Handwriting is personal. While something typed or posted online can be seen by many at once, a handwritten item is one of it’s kind. It’s from you to someone else. Or from you to yourself, to read again later. Typing is less of a physical act, and somehow, I feel like my handwritten notebooks are an extension of me, like they contain part of me–a personal creation directly connected to my own flesh and blood fingertips. Part of my mind and spirit poured onto the pages. They show more personality and allow more creativity, since I can sketch and doodle, add color and switch handwritings (I have several.)
And then there is blogging. And blogging is great for the one grand reason: that people are actually reading what I write. Granted, not that many people, but it’s still nice to send my words out into the universe to amuse, confuse, inspire, convince, enlighten, inform or whatever they do when another human being comes in contact with them, and sometimes responds to them, creating interaction and conversation, instead of closing my words away in the depths of a bag and then the shelf in a closet, to be read by only me and to affect only me. Another benefit, (depending on who you ask) is that I can say more in less time since typing is faster with hand cramping less likely. I found out my sister types her journal for this reason.
I know I could do both, but my journal has been abandoned in the stead of my blog and as much as I love blogging, it makes me so so sad. I still keep different specific handwritten records, but not my main life story I keep. What to do?? I’m going to have my blog printed out into a little book (anyone know a good site for that?) and I think having it in my hands as a physical object will help, but still.
I officially don’t have an answer. What are your thoughts on this subject? How have you dealt with this technological dilema? What are your thoughts on abandoning the handwritten word?
(p.s. I can’t wait to read this book.)