“Fred asks a question. Why would otherwise technophilic group like bloggers embrace such a decidedly luddite item as a Moleskine?
It’s really quite simple. I don’t know a geek who doesn’t have some sort of low tech affectation.
My friends, Josh, Jeff and Mark are all private pilots. Mark is in three bands as a guitarist and drummer. My friend Art used to paint, and probably still would given time. More of my geek friends cook than I can count. I have friends who are passionate about travel. I have friends who are never without at least one good book.
I cook. Given the time, I love woodworking. Given even more time, I play bass guitar. I just started with Moleskines, and I have two. One is in a big notebook portfolio with pockets I use at work to carry to meetings, the other sits on the side table next to my bed. I’m still trying to figure out how to use them efficiently, but I’m already more prodigious in my analog writing than I am in writing online.
There’s something visceral about paper. I still buy Wired magazine even though I can read every article online. The feel of the decadently rich paper stock in a moleskine combined with a really good pen trigger a creative muscle that an LCD and an MS Natural keyboard simply can’t.
I think all geeks learned very early that living totally digital was not only difficult, but not a lot of fun. We learned that to excel at the digital, we had to embrace the analog somewhere. Maybe it’s grounding, maybe it’s just exercising a different part of the brain, but it’s very important, and I can’t think of one geeky friend without something analog in their life.”