I used to think I was allergic to trendy. In high school, I refused to wear jeans because "everybody was wearing them." I refused to watch Titanic because "everybody was talking about it." The thought of doing something because it was cool or "in" just made me puke.
Now I realize that I'm only allergic to certain trends. The nerdy ones? I'm a sucker for 'em, probably for the reason they became trends in the first place. Google? Gmail? Blog? iPhone? They had me at hello.
And now I am a sucker for another obscure trend. A buddy of mine fell first. I wondered what the big deal was, I really did. But then curiosity got the better of me.
I tried to fight it, tried to hold out. I kept passing by the racks at Borders, Powell's, other places, wondering what all these huge racks of journals were all about. Then I started seeing articles on Lifehack.org about these same journals: the legendary, world-famous Moleskine notebook.
Used a Borders coupon today to get one on the cheap (couldn't bring myself to pay $18 for a 240 page ruled notebook), but once I got that baby home, I never looked back. I love my new Moleskine. And I'm a trendy fool who doesn't care who knows it.