Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Do You Suffer From Lackaruleophobia?

Stephanie

Okay, yes. I absolutely made that up. There is no such thing as Lackaruleophobia. But knowing that there are many people who prefer to write on ruled paper, there sure could be a such a phobia. I’m sure it goes back to the days of those yellow lined tablets (with flecks of wood pulp that our pencils would skip over) that we practiced our penmanship on in elementary school. Because I’ve heard horror stories round the campfire of people getting their knuckles smacked with a metal ruler by overzealous teachers for their inability to keep their writing horizontal on the page. 

I’m not exactly sure when I started to prefer writing on blank paper, though I do remember that the first notebook I bought for journal writing (in 2005) was blank and since I wasn’t yet mandala doodle obsessed, I know I didn’t buy it for dual use as a sketchbook. Was my handwriting sometimes wonky? Sure – but I didn’t care and I think that over time it started to even itself out. Subsequent journals were a combination of blank and lined and I think maybe as I did start to doodle more & more in my journal, that it became easier to simply work without the lines.

Rhodia’s DotGrid options are a nice way to crossover if you’d like to move away from traditional ruled paper. Oh – and as my anniversary contest ends tonight (Tuesday) at midnight EST, you still have time to win a a few prizes – including a large dotWebbie.

How do you feel about writing on blank paper?


24 thoughts on “Do You Suffer From Lackaruleophobia?

  1. Well because I write straight up and down in a mixture of print and cursive, my handwriting is wonky regardless of whether I have lines on the page or not -I love the dotWeb because it gives structure to the straight up and down no slant handwriting I’ve got but it allows me more freedom than a ruled page. Over the years I’ve learned to embrace blank paper and how my handwriting looks on it, so I use either.

  2. Well because I write straight up and down in a mixture of print and cursive, my handwriting is wonky regardless of whether I have lines on the page or not -I love the dotWeb because it gives structure to the straight up and down no slant handwriting I’ve got but it allows me more freedom than a ruled page. Over the years I’ve learned to embrace blank paper and how my handwriting looks on it, so I use either.

  3. I just used plain paper to do my lesson planning (I am using a sketch book), and I have to say that it is working well for me.
    (I am a grid person, but only Rhodia and Moleskine grids are acceptable (Rhodia paper is my favorite because of its smooth lines, but I still use the other guy for my lecture and study notes)

  4. I just used plain paper to do my lesson planning (I am using a sketch book), and I have to say that it is working well for me.
    (I am a grid person, but only Rhodia and Moleskine grids are acceptable (Rhodia paper is my favorite because of its smooth lines, but I still use the other guy for my lecture and study notes)

  5. I’ve always been the slightest OCD about ruled paper and staying within lines and things like that, so I suppose I have a pretty good case of lakaruleophobia. But the older I get, I have more and more of an urge to use blank pages and just be a lot freer with it. It’s a hard habit to break, though. (By the way, your illustrated page accompanying this post is AWESOME.)

  6. I’ve always been the slightest OCD about ruled paper and staying within lines and things like that, so I suppose I have a pretty good case of lakaruleophobia. But the older I get, I have more and more of an urge to use blank pages and just be a lot freer with it. It’s a hard habit to break, though. (By the way, your illustrated page accompanying this post is AWESOME.)

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