I have two blogs – one active and one I am working to get started again. It needs a remake and I need to get busy with it. I also have a hand written person journal – it is where I whine and complain to myself about most things. No one needs to hear that stuff so it is hidden in a journal that is tucked in the bottom of the basket by my bed. Then I have my garden journal which is my problem.
I started my garden journal in I Book Author – so cool. I would write my own garden book as I will tracking my work. I have a chapter with images and information on my old family garden. A chapter of my Mothers garden and then my current garden. The current garden is where I got into trouble.
The technology, my computer, has advantages – like I can add images of the garden, individual flowers or plants and in theory I should be able to track information from year to year. I can have chapters about different topics like the history of the family garden. The disadvantages are the computer can’t go with me into the garden, there is a learning curve in using this program – adding charts or graphs and making images stay where I want them is not as easy as I thought. It takes time.
The graph paper Mead notebook also has advantages – I can take it wherever I go, I don’t have to worry about dirt or water when I use it. I can draw pictures (even if they look funny) of the plants I am learning about or growing. I am quicker about making charts to track what I am planting and when things need to be transplanted. It’s disadvantage is I cannot easily add images, the historical work in the paper journal does not work well due to the lack of images and chapters are harder to set up. I just can’t estimate how many blank pages to leave between chapters.
I am guessing it is not an either or situation but it is an and! I think I may need to see my paper journal as the rough draft that goes with me into the mud and muck of my garden. Then make time to transcribe that work into the computer program later in the day or maybe once a week.
I just didn’t want to have to do both – I am a bit impatient and that seems like extra work. On the other hand it might just teach me to slow down and learn by adding more detail and research to the re write on the computer.