Handwriting evolution in my journals

Handwriting is an incredible thing. So much of an individual’s personality is infused in it. If you are a regular reader of Kaizen Journaling, you know that I am a big advocate of handwritten journaling. Recently, I was talking to a friend who also journals and we were talking about handwriting and how it’s evolved over time. 

So out of curiosity, I dug out my first journal. I started journaling in 2000, but my first journal lasted a while. 

The first picture is from September 1, 2002.
The second picture is from September 11, 2017.

I found the evolution of my handwriting interesting. The fact that it has kept its neatness, but it is distinctly different. I seemed to have shaded all the flourish and go for far more straight-up efficiency now. And probably gotten stingier with old age, as my handwriting is far smaller :-D

How about you? How has your journaling changed over time? 


2 thoughts on “Handwriting evolution in my journals

  1. I found this fascinating. I prefer to think of journaling from “head to heart to hand,” and feel that handwriting (rather than typing) is far more intimate and sensual, tactile. It brings me a deeper sense of interaction with my journal. Also you’re right: Writing itself is a way to express both our personality and moods. My writing has definitely changed . . . from far neater to messier (at times due to arthritis), but also because, I think, I feel freer. Also I have found when I’m calm, I write neater. If I’m upset, I write faster, freer, and larger. These are things that are not readily accessible in using a computer. I read this post initially because you used the word handwriting, and I”ve been concerned that cursive is no longer being taught in schools, and kids can’t actually read it. This proves especially problematic if they want to read original documents, say, in Washington DC of American’s founding fathers, or perhaps fascinating correspondence between two people. Please know that this is not a criticism, but rather a question of curiosity . . . but I was wondering why you use the term handwriting, when the method you have used in your journals is printing? Do you prefer printing to cursive for some reason? I personally find that cursive writing flows so much more easily than printing. Again, just curious. Thank you so much. Your posts are always so interesting!

  2. Hi Lynn,

    Absolutely, handwriting is freeing. I use the term, because in my case, it is my handwriting. This is how I write as normal, and so I don’t distinguish it from printing. Possibly because I wasn’t taught cursive in school either, and though I do use it from time to time, it is not my natural way of writing.

    You are absolutely right. I also find it difficult to decipher cursive handwriting if it’s not very neat.

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