My first entry in the Leuchtturm 1917 Master Dots notebook is dated February 19th, 2012, and in a about a week it will be 4 months since I started using it. I’ve filled 146 pages, using pencil and ballpoint. I’ve traveled with it, taken it camping, and take it to work every day.
I still prefer it to the other notebooks I’ve used in the past, and I still love the dots format. I am starting to think the 8×10 size offered by BookFactory.com might be a little easier to carry, but of course that means less page area as well.
I’m also seeing nicks in the faux leather cover, but overall the book is holding up a bit better than I expected. I think I will be able to fill it without the covers falling off What’s more amazing is that I will probably fill it in the next 3 months. 7 months to fill an A4 size book with 5mm line spacing. I have pocket size Moleskines that span more than a year. Bigger books really do encourage more writing. Whether it’s content that should have been encouraged might prove debatable, but so far I think it’s an advantage.
To deal with the un-numbered table of contents, I just labeled each line with a range of three pages, and then started filling in each line with what was on those three pages. I really think one line per page is the way to go.
For any of you who might be sitting on the fence, looking at one of these and thinking of trying it, do it. Once you go bigger, it will be hard to go back.