Sunday, April 26, 2015

Champion letter-writing in unexpected circumstances

Letter Postcard to the Central African Republic3

I was at a party last night thrown by a friend, but I didn't know very many people there. They were mostly Alex's colleagues, English grad students. To my surprise, I got into a conversation with Emily, who sought me out to talk about letter-writing. She had found my blog through my post on Alex's recent PBS appearance, which was of course the topic of a number of other conversations at this party. Our conversation expanded to include Danielle, and soon we were all talking about letter-writing, mostly me going on and on about how great it is, and how there really are a lot of people who do still write letters, and you CAN find people to write you back. I went on at great length about Postcrossing, and how that's a wonderful way to ensure an equal ratio of received to sent items. (The photo I used for this post is of a Postcrossing postcard I recently sent to the Central African Republic - a first to that country for me. The postcard is in an envelope because the recipient expressed a preference for that.)

I won't detail all the facets of the conversation, and in some ways I'm preaching to the choir since most of my blog readers are already dedicated letter-writers - but I wanted to share with you how charmed I was that I was able to champion letter-writing in unexpected circumstances.

I will also note that I felt a touch guilty about said post on Alex's recent PBS appearance because it really didn't have anything to do with letter-writing, but it still led to bringing other blossoming letter-writers into the fold, albeit from a different direction than I usually experience. (I'm used to my blog readers finding Alex through this blog, not people who know or search for Alex then finding my blog!) So here's to the opportunities to sing the praises of this fantastic mail hobby.

This post is for Emily, Danielle, and anyone who has ever toyed with the idea of starting to write letters - give it a try!

Oh - I almost forgot! Speaking of a great way to share the love of letter-writing: this coming Sunday, May 3, the Letter Writers Alliance will be hosting another Virtual Mail Social at 4pm EST / 3pm Central. I've done two of their mail socials so far (both, I think? Have there only been two?) and they are a fantastic way to connect in real time with other mail enthusiasts, and share the joy of mail and letter-writing.

13 comments:

  1. Fantastic that people can connect and share, no matter what the starting point. You're a wonderful ambassador in so many ways!

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    1. Thanks much! I love to be a goodwill ambassador. :-)

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  2. Where did you get your address label? It is awesome!

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    1. Thanks, K - I printed it on Zazzle and designed it myself based on an altered photo graphic of some vintage stationery.

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  3. I love your blog! It is very, very helpful, and I love the pieces on the cat stamps. A friend in England showed off the postage he was going to use for InCoWriMo, and when I saw he had a cat stamp, I told him I had dibs on it. He was kind enough to use it when he wrote me. Anyway, thanks for the work you put into it. I appreciate it.

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    1. So glad you enjoy it - thanks very much for the kind feedback. And lucky you on the UK cat stamp!

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  4. Do you know of any books on how to write a letter for beginners - I'm talking 11 year old girls? Knowing how to write to cousins, aunts/uncles, grandparents about everyday experiences is such a great gift. Thank you for any advice. ~ Dawn

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    1. Unfortunately I do not. I don't tend to read how-to letter-writing books, or books for that target age, but perhaps some other blog readers will ring in. I'd also suggest, if you have a Twitter account, posting that question on Twitter. Let me know and I'll retweet it. You might get some feedback that way.

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  5. I hope you will keep writing more interesting posts.

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    1. Thanks, Gerald! I recently undertook a big move and life change, and I appreciate your comment, which is a nice prod that it's been a long time since I've posted, and I'm well overdue.

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  6. It is really believed to be so tough, but you actually made it so easy to done right.

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