What Happened to This Site?!? An Open Letter to Doug Johnston
What the hell happened to this site?!? This was my first site I fell in love with. It started me out on paper, pens and index cards. As a result I'm fairly obsessed with index cards. There's nothing I can do about it.
Don't say that technology took over. It did in many ways but there is a resurgence in interest in paper and pen. There are different reasons for this. People are overwhelmed by technology. It stares them in the face 24/7. Some like the tactile feel of pen and paper. Thought is required to put down letters and words on paper. Your thoughts need to be organized before you permanently lay words down on paper. Some of us (me) are Luddites and would not really miss technology were it to revert to pre-1980 levels. Yes, I use technology and am very proficient with it. Its convenience is undeniable. Another reason is disaster. Were a disaster large or small to affect our technology we would be left without access to our data. For many this would be catastrophic. For others it would cause intense emotional anguish.
All of these reasons drive interest into non-technology tactile forms of data storage, communication and recording of thoughts and history. Pen and paper.
It's ironic that a simple web search for journals, pens, fountain pens, paper, and notebooks will derive an immense number of results on these subjects. I've recently revived a personal interest in fountain pens. I have owned a Waterman fountain pen since 1996. I recently purchased four new fountain pens ranging in price from $3.30 to $58. All of this has been helped along by other people also interested in pen & paper and are willing to write about their interest (obsession) on the web.
Of course it is pure irony that we read about pen and paper on the web. But the technology allows us to immerse (wallow) ourselves in these types of subjects. The DIY Planner site did that for me over five years ago.
This site is still relevant and can be a source of a new and resurgent interest in the subjects already presented here.
Criticism without solutions is just whining. I propose new leadership for this site. Someone willing to do the things needed for fresh and new content. To drive interest in the subjects presented here and new subjects relevant to this time.