Longtime readers will know I’m a big fan of snail mail. There’s nothing quite like receiving a handwritten letter through the post, whether it’s from a family member, old friend or penpal.
Back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, receiving a personal email was where it was at. Personal letters seemingly started to die out. Being able to send a letter via email and have it arrive instantly at a destination the other side of the world was amazing! These days, however, email is full of spam and companies trying to sell something. Social media websites like Facebook have nullified the need to send a personal email.
So receiving a personal letter in the post and excitedly reading those pages of news and thoughts of someone, that’s where it’s at now. It’s so calming to sit down with a pen and paper and write a letter to someone and then drop it in the mailbox, eagerly awaiting a reply.
Saturday, 1st September 2018 is World Letter Writing Day and to celebrate Viking Direct asked if I would like to take part in their international penpal blogger campaign (Of course I would!). Bloggers usually connect through digital forms such as social media, but Viking Direct wanted to find out how well it would work to take that communication offline by communicating via traditional letters.
I was hooked up with Daniela. Daniela is a lifestyle blogger from Austria. I hadn’t come across her blog before, so as well as getting to learn about Daniela, I’m getting to learn about her blog too. Daniela’s blog is written in German, but my browser translates it for me. Daniela kindly writes her letters to me in English as my German only goes as far as counting to 4 (eins, zwei, drei, vier) and saying “danke schön” (“thank you very much”)!
I think Viking Direct’s idea of bloggers communicating by traditional letter is a great one. In fact, I have another penpal who I “met” via blogging. The wonderful Kelly from Kelly’s Thoughts & Ramblings and I connected via snail mail after one of my letter writing blog posts. We often send letters and postcards back and forth. It’s so interesting to get to know more about the person behind the blog.
With World Letter Writing Day looming what better a time to grab a pen and some paper and write a letter! Write to an old friend, a family member, a blogger or someone else looking for a penpal. You don’t have to commit to long letters or being a penpal either. Surprise someone with a bit of snail mail. Handwritten letters bring joy whether you’re the sender or the receiver.
Will you be sending a letter this World Letter Writing Day?