It had been quite some time since I utilized a journal with grid pages. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I used grid. I created this publication with Blurb which allowed me to create a huge journal, 400+ pages, and a variety of backgrounds. Lined, blank, grid, etc.
The journal is 6×9, my favorite size, and it is by no means perfect but there are many aspects I enjoy. The journal goes with me everywhere because I am constantly making notes to keep up with my life and my production demands. Blurb, AG23, Milnor, etc. There are a lot of details in the air at any given time. A huge book doesn’t do me any good because I just can’t carry it.
Also, the journal for me is about one thing. Writing. I have plenty of portfolios, I don’t need another as my “journal.” Yes, this book has images, and shapes, and graphics and maps, etc. but I did this simply as a test to see how it would look so that I could better inform people like…you. I think it looks good, and more importantly, it’s functional.
I use this book daily, and one of the best things about using this book is it slows me down. Entirely. There is no way to write in this book and do anything else. And the writing I do isn’t about what I did that day, far from it. This is a freeform space for pure thought. I write as it no one else in the world will ever see it. Truth, regardless of warts. We’ve all heard the cliché about people being fearful of being left alone with only their thoughts, and there is plenty of science behind this concept. I think this is why there are so many people struggling with various aspects of their life. I have an odd friend here in New Mexico who, when I first met him, asked: “Who are you and what do you believe?” I was startled at first but realized how refreshing this was.
I get so many questions about projects, photography, ideas, and how I stay inspired, (a bit odd) etc. The journal is the basis for most of these things. It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It doesn’t matter what supplies you use. It doesn’t matter how it looks to anyone else. You just start writing. Don’t be afraid.