If you’ve spent any time reading about bullet journaling within the past few months you’ll have noticed a trend: Dot grid journals have taken over. I’ve mentioned buying a few myself.
You might be wondering why the heck they’re so popular, especially with BuJo enthusiasts. Today I’ve collected a series of reasons from all across the web, in their own words.
Take it away folks!
- It is only dotted, meaning if you are doing some fancy drawing or writing then the lines won’t show through
- You can write along the page just as if it was lined paper
- There is definitely more freedom with how you draw and write on the page, the squares in a grid feel more restricted
- I think one thing people can doubt is that the lettering can be aligned easily, with all those pretty borders you’ll be drawing too
- There’s no date at the top of each dot grid page so you literally have a blank canvas
Dot paper provides encouraging guide points that help to keep your thoughts organized and aligned, without the obtrusiveness of repeated horizontal and vertical lines. Preferred by sketchers and artists, dot paper also allows writers to keep their lines parallel, since every note taker knows that there is nothing worse than seeing your lines of text on plain paper start to slowly slant upwards as your words progress from left to right.
I love it because it provides a subtle guide for when you’re yearning for the structure of clean, straight lines and neatly-drawn boxes, but it’s also unobtrusive enough to not interrupt doodles and sketches.
The dot grid. Best invention since the bullet journal itself. Subtle enough that you can barely notice them, yet really helpful for writing in a straight line or drawing tables, banners and things like that.
- It helps me keep my writing and my lines straight.
- Easier to make shapes even without a ruler.
- You can draw without the lines/squares obscuring the drawing.
- You can create even to-do list tick boxes.
- They are good for diagrams – makes scaling a bit easier.
- You can even write vertically.
Personally, I like how clean it looks when people do fancy BuJo spreads on dot grid paper. My current BuJo is actually not on dot grid paper, it’s just lined, but my next one might be.
What do you think? Are you a dot grid enthusiast, or a lined stickler? (Or maybe quad ruled is your style?) Let us know in the comments! Or, share with us on Twitter (mention me @thealexidavis or use the hashtag #adblogtalk).