Today is Write A Letter Day, the final day of National Stationery Week 2017.
In a time when emails, text messages and social media are the norm, we’re in danger of losing the art of personal communication. Electronic communication seems so impersonal, I’ve lost count of a number of emails I receive (especially at work) where a salutation (“Dear Nikki” or “Hi Nikki”, for example) isn’t even included and I just find that so rude. You would never write a letter without some kind of salutation, would you?
Handwriting is also becoming a lost “art”. Education is becoming more and more focussed on IT, completely forgetting that handwriting has been an important form of communication throughout our history. When you write something down by hand, you are more likely to remember it. Am I right?
Back in the days when email was new, there was a kind of thrill at receiving an electronic communication. These days inboxes are full of spam, bills and offers enticing you to spend your well-earned money. Text messages and social media often need to be translated due to all the emoticons and abbreviations. Whereas receiving a personal letter through the post, tearing it open and reading the contents? That’s a wonderful feeling, no matter what your age.
So why not get some paper and a pen, and get writing a letter? It doesn’t have to be long, but imagine how happy the recipient will be having received even just a little note. Somebody was thinking of them. A postcard, a note card, a thank you note, a letter… It doesn’t matter, just write!
Back in February, I took part in InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Month) and wrote 28 letters, postcards and cards (1 a day), but I didn’t stop there… I’ve continued writing to friends and penpals, and in March I wrote 12 letters. This month, I’ve written 14 letters so far and I’m hoping to write at least a couple more before the end of the day.
So, who to write to?
Why not write to family or friends who live away? Or you could find a new penpal! There are plenty of websites or Facebook groups in which to find new people to write to.
The Letter Writers Alliance will happily match you up with penpals. They do have a membership fee, but it’s just $5 for a lifetime membership!
Postcrossing is great for sending postcards around the world. You just join up (for free), request an address and send your postcard. In return, you get a postcard from somebody else.
What to write?
If you’re writing a letter to a new penpal, tell them about yourself (name, age, birthday), your family, any pets, what you do for work, where you come from, favourite music and films, and your hobbies and interests. Don’t forget to ask questions!
Write about your day and what you’ve been up to lately. Let the recipient know of any upcoming plans and ask them what they’re up to. If you’re both foodies, why not share recipes? There’s plenty you can write about if you put your mind to it.
If you want to keep it short, write a few lines on a postcard. Postcards are always appreciated.
Find out more about National Stationery Week.
Will you be writing a letter today?