This is a rare experience for me– I’ve loved notebooks all my life and used hundreds of them, but it’s unusual for me to actually fill one up completely. Sometimes I just can’t hang in for those last few pages, because it doesn’t seem like enough room to start something, or because I’m just itchy to move on to whatever nice new notebook is waiting for me. I’ve also had many notebooks that I abandoned fairly early in their lives, just because I was feeling fickle, I suppose. But this time I really finished a notebook.
I think this is actually a great testament to the quality of the notebook itself, a softcover pocket Moleskine with squared pages. I fell in love with the softcover Moleskines the first time I saw them. Actually, I think buying this notebook kind of triggered a renewed intensity of my notebook lust, which led to my starting this blog. I love the softness of the soft cover, how easy it is to flip through, and how it just broke in so nicely. The edges got dingy, the corners started to bend slightly, and you can just tell the whole thing has been written in. This wasn’t ever a notebook I tried to keep pretty– I told myself I was allowed to doodle in it and use it for boring to-do lists, as well as any other little jottings that came to mind. I used blue ink and black ink and red and pink and turquoise. I stuck post-it flags in it. The whole thing is just a pleasant mess. I’m going to miss it.
I’m also going to miss using squared paper– I’m moving on to a plain paper pocket Moleskine and the pages look oddly bright and glaringly empty. My lists look a bit less organized without the lines to space them out. The squared paper was also just more fun for doodling– I wasted lots of ink coloring in blocks, filling them with dots and lines and faces, etc. I have a few more blank page notebooks to use up first, but I think I’ll be going back to squared pages at some point. Most of my notebook stash is also hardcover, and I’m thinking I may go back to a softcover at some point. I know many people have had issues with the durability of softcover Moles, and I did have to tape a page at the front to keep that signature from being too loose and falling off the binding, but overall, the notebook held up pretty well to my level of use.
I’m amazed that it took me 6 months to go through this notebook– in some ways the time flew by, but in others, this notebook feels like an old friend I’ve known forever…