These days if you mention to someone you keep a journal, chances are that whomever you mention it to will ask for the URL, inferring that you are talking about a blog.
But a recent experience has taken me back to the old-school version of blog. An actual written journal (you know, hand written with a pen on actual paper).
I recently received a Moleskine notebook as a small token from some business associates.
At the time, it struck me as a small, but appropriate, gesture. The kind of pleasantry you might expect to a businessman to give one of his big clients (in addition to meals, entertainment and etc.).
Well, I started using the notebook a few days ago, and I’m becoming more and more impressed.
Sure, you say it’s just a notebook. How impressive can it be. And that’s what I thought, too.
But after using it for a couple of days, I really came to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into putting these together. It turns out that these are the same notebooks used by the like of Earnest Hemingway, Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh. Furthermore, there’s only one place in the world where these things are made, a small factory in northern Italy.
There are so many details that you just don’t find everything from the fine stitching to the built-in bookmark, the folder pocket in the back and the elastic band that slips over the cover to keep it closed. This thing isn't just old-school, it's old world.
Anyway, I highly recommend these things (not a paid endorsement, unfortunately). I plan on buying a box and giving them as gifts and using them in the office for ever day note-taking.
The only problem is that now I don't have an automatic spellchecker.