Several years ago, the Australian Post ran a letter writing campaign with the slogan, “If you really want to touch someone, send them a letter.” Continue Readering »
In response to our recent post, “Write a Letter?” we received a message from a man named Frank that said:
“I agree that written letters seem more personal and convey a different feeling than email. I write letters when I want my reader to “hold something in his/her hands,” thereby getting a tactile sense as well as a visual sense from the writing. Seeing the loops and curls draws the reader into the letter, requires a different involvement, and creates a different investment in connection than email. Email is plain vanilla and quick. To some, writing a letter means, “I’m willing to invest the time to write this, and ask that you invest time to read what I’ve written.” And it can say that I care enough about you and the subject to personalize it.”
You know, as silly as it might sound, I never really thought about how much joy the physical letter could bring to the recipient.
I think it’s time to start writing a few letters…. How about you?
When the last time you sent someone a handwritten letter?
I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t remember the last time I’ve written one- and I’ve got gorgeous pens, wonderful color inks and fancy writing papers from G Lalo and Clairefontaine. Why don’t I do it? crazy as it sounds, (and as much as I enjoy receiving mail) I think things are so much easier via e-mail (though much less personal) because you can see the entire conversation. (If you don’t delete it) I remember receiving letters and having no clue what the person was referring to that I supposedly said in a previous letter…. So I guess I’m a little afraid of feeling foolish when I can’t remember something. Maybe if I write a letter I could scan it first, or does that sound silly?
Can you maybe offer me some tips to help me because I think I really would enjoy writing some letters and receiving some personal correspondence in my mailbox.