Moleskine 101? Yeah 101 because many people buy Moleskine Legendary Notebooks or some other lame ass journal and keep it blank for ever. I know this is true because when the big box bookstores started selling journals in the front of the store as an impulse purchase item I bought plenty of them.
Linen covers, Faux Suede covers, plain paper, lined paper and grid paper it didn’t matter I kept buying them because they were like $4.99. Hell you could get them for $1.99 right after Christmas season, in fact both Borders and Barnes & Noble both still sell the cheapy Faux Textile covered journals right in the fro of the store and they are still cheap.
The major issue I had with these books is they were too nice. Ok wait no they weren’t Moleskine nice but they we a far cry from the $.88 composition books from the Five and Dime. Since these books were so nice I thought they need to have my best finished creations, ideas, plans or outlines in them. So I never used them opting for a metric crap ton of post-it notepads or free notebook I picked up from various computer trade shows.
This left me in big trouble because with random notebooks my brain dumps were all over the place or I could never seem to find the right stuff when I needed it. The second issue is I ended up with countless notebooks never filled with anything because I was waiting for the big fish or to be struck by the creative shit storm lighting bolt. It never happened.
Moleskine to the rescue, well sort of, it was actually some random dude I met at B&N who gave me this little nugget of wisdom and I took it to heart. He explained to me right after you buy a Moleskine or any other journal for that matter write something in it right away like before the crumpled up plastic wrapping unravels in your trashcan.
Now when I purchase a new journal I craft a few words of wisdom in the cafe of the bookstore over a cup of burnt overpriced fashion coffee.
If you are a chronic empty journal owner it’s time to fess up and leave me a comment. You know owning up to the problem is the first step.
If you have any suggestions, questions or feedback please let ‘em rip.