My Bullet Journal Style - the Marriage of Daily Planners with Commonplace Books
|Example of a Weekly Spread in a Bullet Journal|
Part Notes, Part Planning, Part Whatever Else - My Bullet Journal Style
To my mind, a Bullet Journal is a hybrid of a Daily Planner with what was once called a Commonplace Book. The daily planner part of the Bullet Journal is that heart of this creation of Ryder Carroll's. However, it's taken on a lot more, because of the dynamic aspect of having "collections" and "spreads." Not to mention the creativity of those who have taken it up. As well as the penchant many people have for what feels like "dying" practices, of handwriting, and paper and pen - as opposed to digital planning.
What is a Bullet Journal
What's a Commonplace Book
Essentially they are scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: quotes, letters, poems, photographs, drawings, excerpts of other books...for modern day usage they can include links to other blogs, videos, audio streams of interviews, talks and readings, and relevant articles. Additionally, I sometimes post my own thoughts, commentary, professional work and creative writing.
Wikipedia's entry on the commonplace book explains it well:
This post from the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts library at Yale gives a good description of commonplace book and discusses the library's exhibition of their collection of commonplace books:
This article from the Toronto Star covers an early commonplace book from the 15th century, though they characterize it as a precursor to Cosmo (???): http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/641640