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Posted by on Dec 7, 2011 in Reviews/Giveaways | 12 comments

A Simple Giveaway

As much as I love bashing away my inane thoughts on this ‘ere little blog, I also love keeping an offline journal. Recording thoughts and feelings from this roller-coaster ride so that I can look back on times past and see how I’ve grown and progressed (or not, ahem). After DD was born I had teensy spot of trouble adapting to life as a Marmeee and my journal became my therapist. I poured my heart out to it, scribbling things I simply couldn’t say out loud for fear of being carted off to the loony bin. I’ve also got a bit of thing about stationery in general (but shhhhh… don’t tell anyone).

Recently I’ve been finding that I don’t have the time to spend writing long journal entries and so I just write a sentence or two that summarises that day or how I’m feeling. A snapshot of a point in time, if you like. But then I was sent a copy of Keel’s Simple Diary and I realised that there was another way to record those moments. A fun way, a playful way, a ‘where is my brain today’ kinda way.

Simple Diary™, and it’s newest version Simple Diary™ Volume 2, are the brainchild of artist and writer Philip Keel. They’re his response to having too information and not enough meaning, and needing to remember what made him smile. Hurrah for that!

Apparently there are three main reasons why most people, although they have tried, won’t keep a diary:

  • Not every day is very eventful.
  • It actually takes a lot of discipline to write.
  • In retrospect, many find what they have written embarrassing (though this has never stopped me).
So, in a nutshell, what Keel’s Simple Diary™ gives you is a structure to record your day, based around a series of playful prompts. For example (you can click on the image to make it larger):

I know, it’s a little strange, but I like where it takes my brain. It makes me consider the events of my day differently. Not just as the boring flotsam and jetsom floating around in my life, clodding up the pipes, but as interesting encounters and strange pairings. I like that. I like being made to think. The questions also make great prompts for other writing. Just dip in, find a question that sparks an idea and off you go.

Keel’s Simple Diary™ would be a fab stocking filler. It’s beautifully presented, available in six lovely colours and bound with gold edged pages with a matching page holder, but I do think that the £10 price tag is a bit too high. Keel’s Simple Diary™is available at Tate Modern, Foyles, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Mango, Rough Trade, Urban Outfitters, Blackwells, TASCHEN and, of course,

I was sent one copy of Keel’s Simple Diary™ Vol 2 in Deep Red to review and, in the spirit of Christmas giving I’m going to offer it to you my dear readers *beams with festive cheer*. Just leave a comment below telling me why you keep a journal and include your email address or Twitter ID so I can contact you if you win. You can tweet this giveaway or mention it on Facebook too and I’ll add an extra entry in for you, just make sure you leave another comment so I know.

The small print…
I was sent a copy of Keel’s Simple Diary™ to review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. The giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 or over, one entry per household, and will be open until 6am (ish) on Thursday 15 December 2011. There is no cash alternative. The winner will be chosen at random via The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen, again at random. You don’t have to subscribe to Bod for tea or like my or follow me on as part of your entry. (But I wouldn’t complain if you did!)

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  1. I keep a diary so I can look back at the end of the year.

  2. Simple things please simple minds or in my case my simple mind.

  3. What a gorgeous diary! I love keeping a diary. It’s therapy, it helps get stuff ‘out’ of my head and ‘away’ inside a book. Also with a 16 month old and being 16 weeks pregnant my baby brain is in full swing and without a diary I’d forget what my name is x

  4. great giveaaway thank you

  5. I keep a diary so I can remember the good times

  6. I love these diaries – have already filled one and would love a new one to work on!

  7. I’ve tweeted the comp as well.

  8. I’m hopeless at keeping a paper journal, which is why I blog online. Blogging has instilled a bit of discipline to my writing, though it hasn’t done my handwriting any favours.  I’d love to start writing again properly.

  9. following your blog

  10. Have shared on FB too

  11. Have Tweeted :-)

  12. Oh Wow, these looks fab! I’m such a journal addict and always have been.  I guess my reasons for journaling are for therapy. Talking to my myself on paper or my blog help me make sense of the world. Plus I love to record my memories and I think the kids will get so much from reading them in years to come x


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