I was catching up on putting volume numbers on my last few books, and I was thinking that my current BookFactory blank book has about 49 pages left in it. It’s been a great book, is in great shape, and has held up better than any other book I’ve owned. Time to decide what to use next. I’m pretty sure I would like to use another of these, so I ordered a new one to replace my current book when it is full.
I write in a book until I either fill it up or decide to use another one for a while. When a book is full, I give it a volume number and on the shelf it goes and I start the next one. I’ve been attracted to thicker books because they hold more stuff, I’ve always liked the idea of having more history with me.
The downside of this approach is that thicker books aren’t as comfy to write in, and I don’t really know when the book will be full until it nearly is. Sometimes that’s been at home, sometimes it’s been very close to when we’re away. I’d prefer it to be in the middle of a long boring period.
Here’s the problem though – I will fill the current book sometime around the end of summer if I keep going at my current rate. A time when we have a large trip planned. I’d prefer not to be leaving on the trip with a journal with 5 pages left in it. Now, there’s never a good time to finish one book and start a new one but it got me thinking – why not align it to the end of the year? Or Tax day? Or my birthday? Or whatever?
It would mean using a thinner book. It would mean leaving perhaps a lot of pages unused in years when I don’t write as much. A nice row of books numbered by year on the shelf would be pretty cool.
Is anyone doing it this way? How’s it working for you?