Going Postal

Those that have followed my recent adventures on the internet will have seen both my retro-mac inspired run at NaNoWriMo, and the experiment with “Tiny Letter” – both ideas running against the tide somewhat in an eccentric attempt to get back to where we all started.

I’m thinking about going further. I have been turning the idea of writing letters and cards over in my head for a little while. There’s something about a real piece of paper arriving through the letterbox with distant postmarks stamped on it. There’s something about handwritten words – about them having been formed directly by the author – they are somehow more intimate, more truthful than their typewritten descendants.

If you are wondering where this all came from, there has been a tipping point of sorts this morning – the news from Tumblr that censorship is being imposed in a somewhat nuclear fashion – a reminder that the social platforms that connect us are owned and run by others – and that the freedoms they afford us can be pulled away as quickly as they are given.

If you’re interested in sharing letters or cards, go visit the contact page and let me know how to get in touch to swap addresses.

6 Replies to “Going Postal”

  1. I wrote a post on letter writing .. bringing it back . Since writing many back and forth with my son in Basic has been wonderful but soon he will have his phone back .so my friend and I even though we are several towns over but time is sparse we decided to write letters . Im really looking forward to this . Yes nothing like the feeling of a pen and paper!

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  2. I’ve been penpalling on and off most of my life and have picked up a few penpals recently due to a couple of groups I am in on Facebook. I have an IG account just for my journalling/letter writing, and there are quite a few people who seek penpals right in their penpal posts.

    There are tags on IG like #snailmailrevival and #snailmailrevolution #penpals just to name a few.

    I was surprised to read about Tumblr, and I wonder how long it will be before they close their doors for good.

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  3. This is such a great concept. My niece sends out postcards and mail to those at a certain level on her patreon (her main source of income as a single parent). I hadn’t heard about Tumblr as I don’t tend to follow most things that perhaps I should. My mom sent my dad a postcard from Scotland. It was amazing the length of time and the island that it traveled to for its post stamp before he received it. However, I’m still amazed at the fact that we can send something (physical) halfway round the world for less than a cup of coffee.

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