The Penpal Project!
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I’m in a bad mood today….woke up to an hellacious email problem that is still unresolved. I am still getting my email copies via Gmail, so it seems I’m not losing any mail, just not able to download it via Thunderbird, which is what I use to store and organize my copious amounts of email. So frustrating, ugh! I really don’t feel like dealing with this today, or ever for that matter. Can you hear that? That is me banging my head on the desk. Anyway, that’s enough about frickin’ email! This post is actually about snail mail and not email.
We all love to hate email, right? I spend so much of my day, sending and responding to emails. On an average day, there are hundreds of emails making their way into my Inbox and almost as many replies. But, even though I’m communicating with people, I feel so disconnected from them. There’s usually not enough time for niceties, greetings and questions about health & family. I know I’m not the only one with this email volume problem or the only one who feels email is so impersonal, I think it’s just a reality of our times.
That said, I’ve decided I want to bring back snail mail. I want to return to the long-lost days of letter writing, penpals and handwritten thank-you notes. There’s something so special about going to the mailbox and seeing a letter in there amongst the bills and sale fliers. I know you know what that feeling you get when you see a personal piece of mail, it’s like validation that someone loves you! So, I’m making a point of sending thank-you notes and not thank-you emails. I’ve also lined of a few penpals with whom to trade letters.
How about it? Want to a penpal and help me bring back snail mail and the lost art of the letter? If so, leave a comment on this post to express your interest in being a penpal. Also, introduce yourself a bit, list some of your interests and your email address in the comment. That way, folks can find other folks with similar interests and contact them to trade snail mail addresses.
I’m Jen. I’m a blogger and I like cute things. I have an obsession with woodland creatures, bags, jewelry and drinking orange pekoe tea with local raw honey. I am a vegetarian, love to cook & garden. I like to make stuff from yarn & paper, do embroidery, make jewelry and really all sorts of artsy craftsy stuff. I love all kinds of music ranging from Miles Davis, surf music & the Allman Bros to The Pixies, The Unicorns, Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine…plus too many more to name. I have all kinds of stationery that I never use and I’d love 2-3 more penpals. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, if you want a penpal, leave a comment on this post or contact someone else who has already left a comment that you’d love to swap mail with. And if you want to bring back penpals and letter writing like me, help me spread the word about our paper-based revolution and link to this post. You can use this logo or this banner if you’d like.
I look forward to some mail!
P.S. If you like this sort of thing, you will probably also like the Letter Writers Alliance.
P.P.S. If you decide to become a penpal, or just want to read more about others doing it, be sure to follow the twitter trend #thepenpalproject.
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