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A Non-Hoarder’s Take on Field Notes (and buying notebooks in general)

(Michelle Guo is a self-diagnosed pen addict ever since she charmed the Faber Castell stand at a stationery fair with her metallic ocean-scape at 9 years old. She ended up leaving with all their paraphernalia and now probably needs Hermione Granger's Undetectable Extension Charm for her pencil case. You can find Michelle on Twitter @misheyxxxooo.)

As a pen addict, I find it inevitable for me to exhibit some hoarding tendencies. Especially when it comes to something like stationery; it is cheap (mostly), useful (usually) and a lot of the times, nice to have (very). For me, it is easier to justify having a variety of pens than it is, say, to have a collection of paintings. As a university student, the cost of purchasing, maintaining and exhibiting paintings is just unjustifiably too much.

But who knows, maybe in a few years-time, I will become a self-proclaimed art addict.

But back to Field Notes.

It is from the Pen Addict podcast that I first became aware of the phenomenon of collecting Field Notes, and I admit, I see how easy it is to be sucked into it. But as the title suggests, I am not a hoarder of them.

Why? Well a bunch of reasons.

Firstly, my being in Melbourne, Australia does not make Field Notes the most accessible product. The closest Field Notes retailer that I have found is an online store located in Sydney, and yet it still takes a week or so for the notebooks to reach my front door. This means that it has to be something that I would literally need to be willing to pay double the price for.

Which then leads to the question of what can justify paying such a price for something as simple or mundane as a notebook. And this can extend to more than just my interest in Field Notes; how can I justify buying a $30 Moleskine when there are definitely more affordable alternatives out there? And then if I do buy it, will I even use it?

The way I have come to justify it is like this; when I buy a pricey notebook, I am not just paying for the product, I am also investing in what that product can hold. What I like about notebooks is that they can have a dual utility, once I have finished using it as a notebook and filling in all the pages, it can then function as a book that has documented a period of my life, depending on what I have filled it with. So for me, there is a degree of correlation between the quality and visual appearance of the notebook, and the contents within it.

The plainer, cheaper notebooks I would just use for mundane purposes, whereas the more expensive or thoughtfully designed ones I tend to save for a more significant purpose. So rather than filling my Field Notes that I have paid $30 USD for with miscellaneous notes, I will use them to document things that are more personal or specific to a various interest of mine. That way, I will use the notebook with the intention of keeping it and looking back to it in years to come. I am a big fan of compartmentalising and categorising things effectively and efficiently in my life, and doing this is very reflective of that. This also means, that even with the progression of technology and the wonderful note-taking apps that now exist on smartphones, I will still buy nice notebooks and, more importantly, use them.

This also helps me curb the initial fear of breaking in a new notebook and putting ink to paper, as I have given them a purpose. As a student, it was very common for me to have to start empty exercise books at the start of every new school year, with a new book for each subject. Now, instead of filling in books with math or spelling, I am filling them with favourite quotes and bucket lists; things that I want to archive and reminisce on in years to come.

Perhaps I am actually just a hoarder of knowledge, and the pens and notebooks that I buy are my way of exhibiting the knowledge I collect.

But then again, that seems like something that is worth hoarding.

Posted on April 7, 2016 and filed under Notebooks, Field Notes.

Word. Notebooks Giveaway Winners

I had many reasons I wanted to run a giveaway for the latest Word. Notebooks Mountain Edition. One, I like giving stuff away. Two, I wanted to see how the vote broke down between Blue and Black covers. The results, from 108 entries:

  • Blue - 82
  • Black - 18
  • Abstain - 8

I fully admit to leading the witness in my review, but I don't think you can argue with the results. Blue is the clear winner in the eyes of the reader!

The third reason I ran this giveaway is I was curious to know how many of you employed a bit of game thoery in your response. Knowing Blue was the likely overwhelming choice, did anyone choose Black because their odds of just winning something would be much greater? I'll probably never know the true answer, but seeing this is how my brain works drop me a note if you did.

Now, on to the winners:

Congrats Becoming Sleek and Matt! Get in touch via the Contact Page in the next week and I'll get the notebooks headed your way.

Posted on September 24, 2015 and filed under Word, Notebooks, Giveaways.

Word. Notebooks Giveaway

My friends at Word. Notebooks reached out recently and offered up A BUNCH of notebooks for readers of The Pen Addict. I am a fan of these wonderfully designed and extremely functional notebooks. If you are not familiar with Word. they are set up perfectly for tasks, lists, and to-dos. Sure, you can use them for anything, but the bullet point layout is an excellent feature.

I have (5) 3-packs to give away, all pictured above. From left to right they are: Black, Swedish Camo, Orange, Traditional Camo, Natural. That's not all they offer so check out their full lineup for other options you can purchase. JetPens has even gotten into the Word. Notebooks game and are stocking four of my favorite colors.

There will be five winners of this giveaway, each taking home one of the 3-packs pictured. Winners will be able to choose their favorite color on a first come, first serve basis once the winners are announced.

Here is how to enter:

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Saturday night at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You are limited to one entry. This contest is open to US and International readers.

  2. For this contest, I will pick five winners at random from the comments section of this post. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. The Random Integer Generator at will be used to pick the numbers of the winners.

  3. The contest winners will be posted on Sunday, March 30th. The winner will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page.

Thanks and good luck!

Posted on March 27, 2014 and filed under Giveaways, Word, Notebooks.