As part of the ongoing migration to Evernote, today I began scanning in the last of my old paper journals. I’ve already moved a lot of things into an electronic format, either to the blog in the case of public journals from vacations or to electronic documents in the case of more private diary entries. There were, however, a final few paper journals sitting on my bookshelf; the last of the old guard. While there still exists a certain romance with old pen and paper journals, the reality is that the availability and portability of modern media outweighs that romance for me.
I like keeping old journals because I like to look back at times and see what I was thinking and experiencing in years gone by. The security offered by backup systems and the availability of cloud services has made it a no-brainer. While an iPad would no more survive a fire than a paper journal, off-site encrypted backups certainly would. So with that goal in mind I removed the pages from my remaining paper journals and this evening I started to scan them in and file them electronically.