Picture it. You’re in a tiny boutique store or a quirky coffee shop that also has a merch stand. You’re idly browsing various tchotches and paper weights when you see them. A whole shelf of small, leather-bound notebooks. Your heart begins to beat a little faster as you pick one off the shelf. Oh man, it has one of those stretchy elastic bands that keeps it shut tight and a silk ribbon to use as a bookmark for when you fill it with so many sketches and ideas that you couldn’t possibly find the page your looking for without marking it. You flip it over. $9.95 US ($11.95 CAN). You’d be losing money if you didn’t buy it. After all, this is the notebook that’ll house the premise for your award-winning screenplay or that song you’ve been thinking of. Buy, buy, buy!
If what I described sounds a little too-familiar, then Twitter user @TraceOddity has an important and succinct message for you.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you already have six blank notebooks at home.
— Trace Oddity (@TraceOddity) April 13, 2019
First off, I only have four blank notebooks sitting on my shelf right now. (A fifth one has about 9 pages scribbled in) Secondly, tweet this directly at me next time.
Naturally, hundreds of fellow aspirational notebook users from around the globe were suddenly filled with a range of emotions that they needed to get off their chests.
I HAVE BEEN READ
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) April 14, 2019
— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) April 14, 2019
I will not stand for these attacks against my person! pic.twitter.com/XVfgK5rcm7
— Scott Patrick (@ManlyKnitter) April 13, 2019
— Dr. Caroline Madden (@cmaddenmft) April 14, 2019
One user scoffedat the low barrier of notebooks.
Six is for amateurs. pic.twitter.com/aK6XDf4JvX
— Cary Barbor (@Bksandauthors) April 14, 2019
And another proved that there are certain notebooks that have to be owned, no matter what.
Never mind. I need to buy this one.
— Trace Oddity (@TraceOddity) April 14, 2019
Also, sometimes it’s just a smart financial decision.
One day, when we complete the transition to a paperless society, Staples will sell its last notebook, and on that day, we who have routinely bought blank notebooks with no regard for our current stash will be sitting on RICHES.
— Kim Siegel (@siegelka) April 14, 2019
And we can’t just overlook the ones with label stickers included.
But this one I’m bout to get has label stickers. I’m really paying for the stickers and got the book free pic.twitter.com/k9capq045d
— Him-Pasta (@PrimoDino17) April 13, 2019
Maybe this notebook is the one that will unlock your creativity…
Or, it’ll unlock a lot of dust on your shelf. Either way…
h/t: Petty Mayonnaise