Does anyone else miss writing on paper? There’s something about it that makes me feel more connected to the past as well as a sense that I am creating something fixed for the future. I know paper can be destroyed as easily as me clicking on the delete blog button, but it has the illusion of having more anchor than digital publication.
It feels nice to scroll through old blog posts and see a body of work develop. Even so, it’s not the same as flipping the pages in a blank book that I filled to the margins.
The smell of wet ink drying on paper takes me to a place of peaceful satisfaction that I have rarely known from any other activity. The feeling of new paper on my fingertips makes me think there are endless possibilities for creative thought.
Even making a mistake with ink on paper is an enjoyable experience. That single line through the word that is no longer desired for the expression of my thoughts still remains on the page as a monument to the necessity of process. In digital writing, we only see the final draft.
I’m sure the price paid for digital publication is much smaller than the benefits, but that doesn’t stop me from being nostalgic.