About 10 years ago I wanted to journal more again and decided to purchase some notebooks in advance. Being oblivious to things like paper quality I bought a couple of cheap notebooks at a local drug store. I have no idea what I was thinking about them back then but today I stumbled upon an unused book where I could write down some notes for various certifications. After seconds I realised how much I love Leuchtturm 1917 or even Moleskine products compared to that.
Just to list a couple of my gripes:
- The pages have no margin whatsoever and the squares do not have the same margin to right/left ends of the paper on every page.
- The pages are not numbered nor is there an index or something similar.
- The paper quality is mediocre at best.
Basically, the only positive aspect I could find about that notebook was the price. IIRC they were around €8 back then but, to be honest, I wouldn’t buy any of them ever again. It’s just not a joy to write in them. In fact, right now I’m contemplating if I should just ditch it (or use it only for throw-away notes) and copy all that I’ve written in it today over to another notebook. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’d do that if I had one lying around that I didn’t already want to use for my normal journaling 😣
To summarise: cheap notebooks don’t get better with age and getting a good-quality notebook is always worth it.