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Putting Pen to Paper

March 28, 2009

It’s official. I can type faster than I can write. It’s not surprising, I hardly ever write anything these days, as long as I have my laptop I’m jiggy. Thing is, I think it’s quite sad. I opened my journal today and realised I hadn’t written in it in over two weeks! There was a time I was in that book every single day, but I’ve noticed that increasingly, I can’t be bothered. Yet here I am churning out emails, blog posts, tweets and scribbling nonsense all over the web because I somehow see it as easier than sitting down to put my pen to paper.

I used to love writing, I still do, but typing and writing are really not the same thing. It isn’t just about thinking and imagination, there is a lot to be said for picking up a blank piece of paper and filling it with words. I’m a product of a primary school education in Spain at a time when they taught you to write joined up and it used to be a pleasure to me to see my writing on a page. I worked hard to develop the fanciest, curviest script you’d seen. Only to get to 15 in England and be told by my teachers that I could fail my GCSEs because the examiners would not be able to read my writing! Cheek!

So I had to learn how to write quickly in capitals (easier for me than separating my letters), and that was the beginning of the end. My poor mother felt I went from unreadable to breaking strict grammar rules by having everything uppercase. My defence was always you get one or the other, one passes one fails! It didn’t matter anyway, from college onwards everything was word-processed and electronic.

I had to take a moment when I realised a couple of years ago that even I was struggling to read my own joined up handwriting. When you get used to not having to read your own writing for anything useful, well you get unfamiliar with it. So my journal, when I picked it up two years ago was a way for me to write, brain dump and get therapy on the cheap! When I read some old entries, I have to kinda squint to try and figure out a word here and there, but I’m trying!

I’ve recently dumped my Palm Pilot for a good old fashioned paper organiser. It doesn’t crash, run out of battery, doesn’t need time to get going, and I can’t accidentally delete anything in it. Sometimes going back is the best way to go forward as my diary management was seriously suffering! I’m also going to re-dedicate myself to making time for my journal. I’ll definitely have to practice reading my own writing, otherwise that ‘one day maybe’ book of all my experiences is gonna be pure fiction!

That’s my handwriting in the pic, it’s part of a handwriting meme that has been around for a while now, but it’s an enlightening one, they say your writing says so much about you. So I’m tagging all of you who are active in the blogsphere. You’re such prolific bloggers, but what does your handwriting look like?

The Rules:

1. Choose a pangram of your liking, the most common being (“The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” )

2. Write it on a piece of paper and sign it with your blog name or online handle.

3. Take a picture and post it to the flickr group, your blog, myspace, facebook or all of them.

4. Link back or trackback to this post. (

5. Tag five people (I’ve clearly taken a liberty here!).

12 Comments leave one →
  1. JustDB permalink
    March 28, 2009 8:05 pm

    Hand writing is indeed becoming a lost art…… Scribbbled down some notes in lectures that i can’t be bothere to re-read. Sad…. Will see about this meme….

  2. LoloBloggs permalink
    March 29, 2009 10:23 am

    @JustDB I was thinking (but didn’t include) that anything written on paper seems to have less value these days…like your notes!

    Cheers for popping in! 😉

  3. StandTall-The Activist permalink
    March 29, 2009 10:35 am

    Methink this is still using your hand as a pen to type but faster and easier. I am addicted too. My Diary now suffers

  4. Chari permalink
    March 29, 2009 7:07 pm

    wow you have been around for a bit and I am just finding your blog…interesting…your hand writing is NICE compared with mine mehn!

    I type faster than I write simply because I hate writing UGH!

    but I pass on the meme tho…I am up to ma neck in memes mehn…seriously! thanx tho!

    love your blog will def be back!

  5. blogoratti permalink
    March 29, 2009 7:47 pm

    Used to love writing too, tons of written material that i’d have to start a new blog for. lol
    Your hand writing is pretty cool!

  6. SECRET DIARY permalink
    March 29, 2009 11:54 pm

    Write this, photo that…


    Omo Oba, I won’t do it.

    I hate writing.
    I can’t read.
    I can’t write.

    If i carry out all these ur instructions when will i have time to eat, sleep or shit?

  7. Shubby Doo permalink
    March 30, 2009 6:06 am

    lovely writing lolobloggs, reminds me of calligraphy…which it self has become a lost art… in the western world anyway…you are wright to imply that soon we wont be able to write at all. my wrist starts to hurt when i’ve written more than a page these days. i remember in school and at unit i could write for ages before that happened.

  8. LoloBloggs permalink
    March 30, 2009 9:27 am

    @StandTall I can definitely churn out a lot more typing, but writing something gives such a nice feeling…I recommend the paper organiser, it’s saving my reputation!

    @Chari thank you! You’ve seen the best of my writing, there was some..ahem…practicing going on! lol! Thanks for coming, I’ll check out your blog.

    @blogoratti start a handwritten blog! Use a tablet and lets have a look!

    @SecretDiary didn’t you get the secret mandate to get everyone online all the time so we forget our normal routines and bodily functions?! Tis the matrix! lol!

    @ShubbyDoo hence why I’m determined I will not lose touch with it! Even if just for me, I have to keep writing!

  9. Vera Ezimora permalink
    April 2, 2009 5:29 pm

    Nice handwriting. Your ‘k’ looks like ‘h’

    I don’t keep a hand-written diary anyway. I’m always paranoid that someone will stumble upon it and read all of my thoughts…. dang! But maybe I should start writing again sha.

    I still hand-write things though. For one, I LOVE handwriting letters. Tres cool. I’ll write plenty letters to my husband

  10. LoloBloggs permalink
    April 2, 2009 7:16 pm

    @Vera you’ve spotted one of the reasons my writting is unreadable; lets play identify the letter! lol!
    Thankfully no random snoopers can get into my diary, joys of a solitary life!

    This poor husband sha…he will have the best and worst of all worlds! lol!

  11. logtar permalink
    April 7, 2009 1:44 pm

    Thanks for playing 🙂


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