Would You Write A Letter To A Fellow Blogger?

Yesterday I posted about emojis and the death of the written word. It generated quite a dialogue and one of the themes that emerged was how much people miss receiving, and sending, letters. You know, in the post. Stamps? Envelopes? Am I ringing any bells here people? It brought back to me the excitement and anticipation of receiving mail from penpals. There is something in the care and attention of writing and posting a letter that cannot be replicated into today’s ‘junk food’ society of e-mail, text and social media messaging.

So today’s post is a challenge to you all. Whether or not you choose my metaphorical gauntlet throwing is entirely up to you. It’s a challenge to write a letter and post it to a fellow blogger. Or bloggers if you are feeling particularly inspired. It can be anything. A few lines or your life story. It can include art, poetry, photographs, whatever rocks your boat. The central message here is reaching out across the online abyss and physically connecting with a fellow human being.

There are a few rules. The letter has to be handwritten. No typing you lazy, lazy people. The other person has to have agreed to co-operate. Although, otherwise how would you have obtained their address. Duh Stephen! And although I hate to even have to say this but I’m afraid I must – please refrain from any abusive and offensive material. That would make me cross. And nobody wants to see that.

If you are up for the challenge then simply comment below, telling us who you are hoping to write to and why. Feel free to share this blog and let’s spread this message throughout the blogging community. Or maybe you want to blog yourself about your letter writing process? Include photos of your lavishly decorated envelopes, journey to the mail box or exquisite handwriting. Let’s get writing

Are you willing to accept the letter writing challenge?

Who would you like to write to and why?

What are you going to include in your letter?

Feel free to reblog if you think this is a good idea.

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  1. I do still write the occasional letter to friends, and received one back last weekend. Yes, it was lovely to see the handwritten envelope in amongst the bills. Nice idea.

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  2. I thought you were going to match us all up. “Comment below, and then send me an e-mail and I’ll hook you up.”
    Some peoples don’t even list a contact on their blog.
    For the record, I have a contact form and would love to hear from anyone wanting to be pen pals.

    Come to think of it, my aunt started this a few years back and I got terribly busy…

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        1. I got really excited and happy when I read that, and then I realised that of course there are probably hundreds of Katie’s out there and you probably weren’t referring to me at all! Ha! That serves me right for getting above myself! Xx

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  3. Reblogged this on gregoryjoel.com and commented:
    I read this today and thought I’d share it with you all. I love letters! It’s so much easier to shoot a text or an email but there’s something about something tangible that I can hold in my a hand, that really excites me. It’s the same way with books. I rad the news etc. on the computer but they can’t take the place of a book in hand. Enjoy my friends!

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  4. I am indeed lazy about written correspondence –even birthday cards (but I send them even late) Your blog has triggered desires to have deeper conversation on certain topics with you both but I have restrained myself because I do not ATTACK people on social media and do not like seeing it.
    IE FB, instagram commentaries, opinions, etc. I would love to correspond with you personally sharing values, thoughts, and ideas via mail if you should so choose to render your address privately.
    I am not sure how to navigate that as I am unwilling to reveal my exact location to “the world” via internet. Let me know if you are agreeable and/or knowledgeable as to how to privately exchange information.

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  5. Reblogged this on Bye Bye Church and commented:
    In today’s world of email, texting, and the interwebs, isn’t it fun to get real mail that is handwritten and adorned just for you? Here’s a challenge you might want to try. Oh and if you live in the US, leave me a comment and I will send you a personal hand lettered (brush lettered) note from yours truly 🙂

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  6. Sounds like fun. I remember back in the 1980’s having pen pals. There was even a monthly magazine where you could choose who you wanted to be pen pals with based on interests/hobbies. These letter would be long. It was great!

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  7. I’d be willing to attempt the challenge. I’d love to write to you Stephen and Fionnuala. I think I would include the everyday goings on in my neck of the world, like a bird I see outside my window or an unexpected flower that’s bloomed in my vegetable garden, that is if I had one which I don’t. Anyway, I’d write about those bits that get lost in the “big news” but they’re just as important and would like a bit of noticing. At least I think they would.

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  8. I love hand-writing letters, they’re so much more personal and meaningful because they take so much additional effort to write. Also, there’s something relaxing about putting pen to paper to communicate. I have a handful of friends who communicate via snail mail that I’ve been meaning to write–thanks for the reminder!

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  9. The good old days. Yes, I remember the anticipation. This is a great idea. It would be nice to receive a mail from someone instead of just bills. The only time I got mail is when my Mom sends me a card. I’ll pick you Stephen, and this is my email address waterandfir3@hotmail.com. Does PO Boxes count?

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  10. Yes, letter writing is becoming a lost art! I exchange hand-written letters with my missionary friend in Tanzania. It’s a little miracle when I get one of her letters in my mailbox.

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  11. I have a personal practice of sending personal hand-written notes to people. It is amazing how people will respond. I think I have a 100 percent reciprocity rate from my letter writing efforts. It is good to read that others, too, cherish this mode of communication.

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  12. Although I like the idea, my handwriting was poor at school (I missed the early classes due to illness), and it has definitely grown worse over the 54 years since leaving school and constant use of a keyboard. In fact, the only way I can read my own handwriting is to print in CAPs, so I’d never subject anyone else to such torture!

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  13. I prefer the smell of ink in a book and feeling the pages turn to the luminescent screen of an e-reader, I prefer a homemade valentine with a message to a Hallmark card bought in a store, I prefer receiving a card snail mail to a text or IM.

    I recently sent a card to the UK to a person met online. I never received anything back. Even more recently I broke all the rules and gave a fellow blogger here my phone number so we could text first with the hopes of meeting for coffee. It was reciprocated!

    I think life is about human connection. Some want it, some do not. Neither is right or wrong. We can live in faith or live in fear.

    For me no matter how much pain I’ve endured, I choose connnection. We were put here to love one another.

    I like opening up real letters, will you send one to my P.O Box Stephen?

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