As I’ve written previously, I am a big fan of snail mail communication. So, in thinking about upcoming posts I thought – what about writing 30 letters in 30 days to 30 different people, and then blog about it? I felt that I had gotten lazy in my letter writing, doing it only a few times a month, so I thought a campaign of sorts would push me to reach out to more people. It would also give me a moment to pause each and every day to think about someone else and let them know that I was thinking of them. Seemed like a win win to me!
One of the cool (and sometimes frustrating) things about the Internet is that if you have an idea, you likely will find someone else who has a similar idea. Instant cosmic connection! In doing a little research, I found out about the #write_on campaign from Pepper and Twine’s Instagram page, and learned that I was not the only one who was interested in such a letter writing challenge. As so eloquently written on the website, “Write_On is a campaign to promote joy, creativity, expression and connection through hand-written correspondence. Inspired by Egg Press founder Tess Darrow’s challenge to herself to write a letter daily, the campaign officially launched in 2014 with the entire staff of Egg Press and Hello!Lucky challenging ourselves, our friends, our families, and our fans to write 30 letters in 30 days over the month of April, National Letter-writing Month.” After reading that passage I was immediately hooked and committed to the cause. I couldn’t back down; I couldn’t fail. I was now part of a movement and I was so excited! April also being National Letter Writing Month was the icing on the cake.
So each day in April I took pen to paper and wrote a card. I tracked some of my progress through Instagram, as seen through the images above. I also kept a list of everyone I sent a card to so I didn’t repeat since according to my rules that would have been cheating. This campaign was truly an incredible way to spend the month. I would write either in the morning or evenings, often at the same time as my journal writing. I even bought new stamps and new cards for the occasion (I mean it was such a good excuse to give my card collection an infusion of resources!). Some days I even sent more than one card if I remembered it was someone’s birthday, or if I heard that someone was having a bad day.
Anyone else participate in #write_on??