Tag: bullet journal

Being sad =/= being an asshole

So a few days ago, I received an e-mail from the two girls who run (or ran, see below) Punktkariert* Germany’s biggest Bullet Journal community.

In it, Lea and Theresa announced they won’t be continuing the project any longer (meaning the site will stay online but there won’t be any more new content) and they’ll be shutting down the Facebook group at the end of January as well. They told us they’re planning to concentrate on other aspects of their life (graduating from university and traveling the world).

Obviously, this was a bit of a shock to me – I’d participated in most of their year-end series of online workshops (and a few before that) which was a ton of fun and also recently bought their book which is completely lovely. So yes, definitely not a piece of happy news. However, I’d rather fall over dead than stoop to the level of some of the commenters who inevitably came out of the woodwork after the announcement.

People were like “Why do you spring this on us out of the blue and without warning?” and “It’s like you suddenly felt like doing this without thinking it through” and “This seems fishy, after all the workshops and things you were doing only a few weeks ago” and “Why not just let stuff run itself instead of actually closing down the community?”

I’m sure there’s no correct way to announce something like this. Someone’s always gonna complain. But the accusatory tone some of the people used? Ridiculous. A lot of the material on the page – not to mention the community itself – was free and it takes time to maintain all of that so bitching when people change their priorities (which they’re 150% entitled to doing) is just dumb. Kinda reminded me of why I barely communicate on the ‘net these days and have pretty much given up on the community aspect of fandom. Well, having a full-time job and a household to run probably also has something to do with it but anyway XDD

I myself would like to sincerely thank the two amazing ladies for their work on the site and community. I wish them all the best and hope life and everything else works out wonderfully for them.

* In case you’re wondering, “punktkariert” is simply the German word for the lovely and very useful dot grid that’s prevalent in most BuJos (including all of the ones I have ever used)

My 2020 Bullet Journal

I had planned to use a Perfectly Penned journal for my 2020 BuJo but the (not sure whether production error or on purpose) turned out to be a massive deal breaker and so I decided to get the journal I’d wanted to get in the first place. Here it is:

It’s by nuuna (a German stationary company who are actually located in Frankfurt am Main, which is right next to where I live). Hope you like the silly writing on the cover and back. I sure do.

It’s a bit of an odd size (slightly taller and quite a bit wider than A5) but that gives me more space to write. Speaking of space, the spacing between the dots is 3 mm instead of the standard 5 which I love. I can squeeze in much more writing and make more elaborate and varied spreads. I’m not too concerned about the lack of a pouch and ribbons as I barely use these anyway. Something it does come with, however, is a small calendar/bookmark (as seen on the third photo) – it even has the week numbers printed on it which I desperately need for my planning (a habit that most likely stuck from my old job). The paper quality, strangely, is both better and worse when compared to the Scribbles that Matter journal I used for the second half of 2019. Let me explain. On the one hand, stuff does bleed through quite a bit. On the other hand, the ink from my black pigment liners dries super quickly, which was not the case with the which had some sort of special coating that turned it into smudge hell.

Overall, lots of cool aspects but also a few drawbacks. But then, this just proves my theory that these is no such thing as the perfect journal. Either way, I’m looking forward to starting my year with this new companion.

I’m still setting this bad boy up and having a blast. Might show some of my spreads before the new year begins. Happy #Bujo-ing ^__^

Ted Talk: Ryder Carroll – How to declutter your mind — keep a journal

Admittedly, I don’t watch TED Talks as much as I probably should (there are only so many hours in a day) but I still felt like sharing this one.

Ryder Carroll is the guy who invented the Bullet Journal method which I’ve been using for about one and a half years (and about which I should probably post way more than I’ve been doing). In this talk, he explains why he needed a way to organize his life, how he devised the system and how it helped him manage his ADD.