Every once in a while, people write in and ask us to create virtual editions of our planners that are accessible online.
It’s something we’ve definitely considered over the past few years, but there are a couple of reasons we’ve never moved forward:
1. The layout of a paper planner wouldn’t translate well to a Blackberry or a PDA.
2. There are already plenty of low- or no-cost virtual planners out there.
3. Software design is obviously not our expertise in the first place.
The way we see it, there are still plenty of people out there who appreciate using paper planners the smooth feel of the paper underhand, the physical pleasures of writing, the convenience of being able to flip through actual pages and see what lies ahead… As long as they’re around, we’ll continue to do what we do. Which is not to say we’re not constantly trying to think up more efficient layouts to help people organize their days!
Personally, I use a combination of paper and virtual methods: my Outlook calendar, with its automatic appointment reminders, is perfect for an absent-minded writer who sits at her desk for hours and loses track of time. On the other hand, I have no interest in owning a PDA (I’m already too addicted to email), and my paper planner is perfectly portable. Do I sometimes wish I didn’t have to record my appointments twice, or was able to look them up online? Sure. But there are plenty of practical chores I’d rather not have to do, either, and doing them hardly kills me…