Colin Purrington, who may just win the “Best Name To Go With Fountain Pens” contest, also has a post on keeping a lab notebook. Much of what he says applies to keeping a journal as well. He also has a very interesting section on the resistance of various pens to common lab solvents. If you’re a G2 addict you may not want to look. I think I may have to go check out the Zebra Serasa.
A lot of the advice is aimed at making the notebook more useful in the future, and that’s an important thing for journals as well. Much of the advice will be useful for anyone.
I think the best way to improve journaling is to use your journal. Read old journals. As you read them, you’ll find yourself wishing you’d recorded some things you hadn’t, and you’ll improve your entries in the future.
I wonder if we can convince Colin to show his notes from the ink experiments – I’d like to repeat them for Fisher Space Pen ink (which I use quite a bit) and some others.