On Tuesday, in a bullet journaling Facebook group, someone posted a link to this article on the NYMag.com website. I immediately recognized the thumbnail photo as my morning routine spread, so I excitedly clicked on the link.
Reading through the article, she links to many sources, including http://www.bulletjournal.com and includes photos from other bullet journal Instagrammers, but I never find a link or credit for my IG photo. So I left a note in the comments and a few hours later, she added a small link under the picture, so, yay, credit.
And then, this morning, to get the link, I went back and read the comments. I know, I know, NEVER READ THE COMMENTS. But I always do and I ALWAYS regret it (granted, there were only 9 comments so it didn’t take very long).
I feel like I have to keep defending the system AND my own bullet journal.
People. (All seven of you that read this blog.) Please listen.
What attracted me to bullet journaling was the simplicity. All you need is a notebook and a pen. That’s it. Everything else is extra.
Along with the simplicity was the flexibility. If you don’t use it one day, you start up the next time you need it. No wasted space.
If you’ve seen the (very shaky) video of the walk through of my first bullet journal, you’ll see the evolution of how I use it. And it’s not pretty, believe me. It’s messy and it’s not always cute. I made a lot of mistakes and turned a lot of pages and started over.
I started with the basics and, over time, figured out what worked for me. And what works for me includes lots of color.
Like I mention in my post about my work bullet journal, I keep it very simple and plain at work. I don’t have the time there for much else.
I LOVE the minimalism of just the pen and paper. Honestly, I start there every single time with my personal bullet journal too. But then I want to add a spot of color here and there and before too long, it’s like a My Little Pony vomited all over my pages. I can’t help it. It’s me. And I’m done apologizing for it.
I LOVE drawing in my personal bullet journal. It makes me so happy and it’s time well spent for me.
But all of the drawings and the coloring isn’t what makes it a bullet journal. It isn’t what a bullet journal HAS to be or SHOULD be. You don’t have to be a proficient artist or a crafty scrapbooker and you don’t have to take a lot of time with it.
I think it’s the collision of the minimalist and the ultra crafter using the same system that causes this potential for conflict. But really, there’s no need. Neither person needs to feel intimidated by the other. And neither person needs to criticize the other. It just shows how flexible of a system it really is.
Start with the basics and do with it what you will. It’s that simple. The End.