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?