Just where to start….

The Challenge Forums Month of Letters 2013 Just where to start….

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  • #2388
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    Denise
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    I have 59 contacts in Postable. A few of them are family members but most are from here. I haven’t figured out yet just where to start for the challenge. I have a stack of 11 letters I need to respond to so I think I’ll start with those and go from there. Do you have a plan on where to start or are you a fly by the seat of your pants sort of person? If you do have a plan, what is it?

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    #2390
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    Sarah
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    I’m flying by the seat of my pants. A few of my friends I know will write me back, so I’ve already written them so that their replies will keep me motivated through the month. Then I’ll be writing everyone I promised to write on Facebook. Then I’ll be writing everyone who friended me here.

    See, that sound’s like a plan but it’s really not because I keep doing things like going, OH I have a owl note card. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if I sent that to the person whose profile said they like Doctor Who?

    And then I’m off….

    #2393
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    Sarah
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    Well, being an overly organized person the calendar appealed to me.  I printed it off and started filling it in to see if I thought I could think of enough people to write (I tend to just write people I know, there seems to be enough of out-of-town family and friends to fill my correspondence time).  By the time I filled in family members I was planing to send Valentin’s cards (spread out to cover as many days as possible),  my cousin in the Navy I mail something to every Saturday, and a few others I thought would enjoy getting mail, it was full.  So I pretty much know exactly who I hope to write every day.  Although if next month is anything like this one, things will come up I need to mail things expectantly, plus if anyone write me, I’ll have that.  So, I have a plan, whether it works, well, that remains to be seen :)

    #2396
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    Kim Hollenback
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    With my hubby deployed and my 6 month old daughter to care for (plus house work & taking care of the animals), it’s really going to be a challenge for me to do LetterMo but I’m sure going to try to keep up!  People may just not get the longest, most in depth letters from me until hubby returns in a few months.

    But there are some people on here that I share hobbies with and/or certain items in their profile or penpal post look interesting so they’re on my list for letters, and I’ll also be doing Postcrossing for those days when I can only send a quick note.

    #2399
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    Denise
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    Sarah #1, I like flying by the seat of my pants so kudos and good luck to you with that. I hope it works out well.

    Sarah #2, I’m overly organized myself for the most part. I love that calendar but my printer is being a horse’s patootie and not working properly so I couldn’t print it. Instead, I made a calendar of sorts in my correspondence log. Once I’ve replied to the 11 letters that are waiting, I’ll tackle the rest of it. I have a loose sort of plan but well, it most likely won’t work out just as I want it to. ;-) That’s okay, though, as long as I send out at least one thing every day the mail runs. I’ll succeed, by golly, I’ll succeed!

    Kim, your idea sounds like a good one. I know you must be busy and you’re right that it’s going to be a challenge but the Postcrossing thing will help, I’m sure.

    Good luck to y’all!

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    #2418
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    Courtney M
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    I’m.. halfway between organized and by-the-seat-of-my-pants. I’ve got roughly 25 contacts in Postable right now, so I’m mostly going down the list alphabetically. I also do Postcrossing and have two free slots so as soon as my postage I ordered arrives, I can send those off. I plan to write back to people as I get letters – and I’m not limiting myself to only one letter or postcard a day!

    I did print off the blank calendar, but I’m not using it to plan out my letter writing. Instead, I’m using it as a record of who I’ve written to and when. So far I’ve written a letter or card every day this past week, just as a warm up. I’m finding I wish I had stationery that was more forgiving of multiple-page letters! Fold-and-mail stationery is nifty but it’s just awkward when you write more than one page.

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    #2434
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    Anonymous

    First and foremost I will begin with all the wonderful people here on my friends list, as well as those that have contacted me through the site and those of you that have touched me just reading your wonderful posting, I have pen pals from way back and I will be writing them as well, I figure to mail at least 5 letters a day for the first two weeks in February and than just let things flow.

     

     

    #2435
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    Sarah
    Participant

    I know what you mean Courtney, when I started letter writing, I had a hard time filling the paper, now when I write some people, I fill multiple full sheets (8 and a half by 11).  I have some old fold-and-mail stationary, but I’m scared of it not all fitting on one.

    #2436
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    Deb Osorio
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    I’ve started by sending mail to folks here. Then as I’m receiving mail, I’m responding to those letters as well. Quite a few people here do share the same interests and such, and I really want to get something out to them as well. I’m probably going to average about 3 letters/notes a day. Maybe not the longest letters, but I find that the “first date” letters are the most awkward to write, and I just want to get that out of the way! LOL

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    #2440
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    Denise
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    Ha ha on the “First date” letters, Deb!  I love that term and you’re correct about them. They’re a bit awkward but also fun. :)

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    #2443
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    Angee
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    I printed off the calendar and started filling it in with international addresses first since they take the longest in travel time and I want to make sure they arrive well within the month of February.  Stateside will go out after international. ;)

    Other than that:
    Made a bunch of envelopes ahead of time
    Ordered/received Lettermo postcards
    Have a specific box for all incoming Lettermo mail
    Have a excel spreadsheet for tracking who I’ve received from/sent to, etc.

    Can remember what else at the moment, maybe after some more Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper! :)

    Oh Happy Day! Letter Mo 2013 is underway! Postcards, letters and stamps short, long, decorated or plain, all make me happy just the same. Can I send you a little Mailbox Happiness? Just add yourself to my postable: http://www.postable.com/angiebuchsbaum
    #2444
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    Anonymous

    I find First Letters a nightmare because I simply CAN NOT keep them short and to-the-point!  I wrote one last week to someone who had gotten my address from LEX and I still managed to rabbit on for 8 pages of A5 paper (both sides) *whoops*   Somehow I DON’T think the LetterMo letters will be ‘mini-books’  like this all the time as my hand will fall off before we reach midmonth LOL    

    Last night I sat and made a note of everyone’s addresses so got 40+ to write to.  That’s ME kept out of mischief for the next month haha

    #2449
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    Maureen Estolas
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    Hi, my name is Maureen and this is my first year of doing this.  I am a member of postcrossings and I enjoy it very much.  I love writing letters – drop me a line and I will reply.  I look forward to making new friends this month.  I plan to start with my penpals and a few friends I haven’t heard from in a while and friends I make here :).

    #2450
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    Maureen Estolas
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    #2458
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    Mia
    Participant

    I will start with replying to my penpals (I have a pile). Perhaps I’ll throw in a few Postcrossing postcards too into the mix. If I am out and about with my penpal supplies but no letter with me, perhaps I’ll find a victim here to write to!

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