Most journal keepers have their little idiosynchrocies. Little things that must be just so. As an avid journal keeper, I have many of those.
I may have issues with cleaning my house, but when it comes to writing, I like it neat and tidy. If a journal is ruled, then I want to stick to the lines, because if I draw something, or paste something on ruled pages, it just looks wrong. Whereas if a page is blank, then I can do whatever I want, and still feel like it’s a tidy, organised page.
Of course people might say that it doesn’t matter. Journaling is about expressing yourself, and your creativity.
Yes it is. But let me repeat my message once again: Your journal is an extension of YOU.
My journal is an extension of me, so if my personality is to be organised and neat, then it makes perfect sense that I want my journals to look like that too. I don’t want messy journals. That is not who I am.
That doesn’t mean that I never use ruled journals. Sometimes I come across journals and notebooks which I really like, but don’t have plain pages, so I use them. But even when I do use these journals, I usually end up missing my blank pages. There is freedom in having an absolute blank page, as if you could do just about anything, and somehow transform your words. And for someone like me, who doesn’t care for painting outside the lines because it’s messy, eliminating the lines altogether is a more preferred option.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:
Think about your preference for your journal pages. Have you ever considered the reasons behind your preference? Perhaps, now is the time to journal about them.