Join the Month of Letters Guild and Challenge on Habitica (HabitRPG)

HabitRPGOne of the reasons the Month of Letters is such an engaging activity (besides the copious use of fountain pens) is the gamification elements. Quests, Badges, and Achievements are fun to do and acquire, and it’s very satisfying to see how each letter, postcard, or card gets you closer to a goal.

Gamification is proving to be an excellent way to get people motivated in many different arenas, including tackling the stuff on your To Do list and keeping up with daily tasks. This is why I find Habitica (formerly HabitRPG) so amazing. It helps me get stuff done and keeps me engaged by offering me little virtual rewards for keeping good habits.

A couple of years ago Month of Letters participant LaShawn Wanak wrote about how she used HabitRPG to keep on track with sending letter. This was such a good idea that I asked Mary to lead us to MoL/RPG glory again with a Month of Letters guild and challenge.

If you’re already signed up for Habitica, click this link to go directly to the guild and join. You’ll see the challenge there, too.

Not signed up for Habitica yet but interested in how this works? I’ll walk you through it. There’s in-depth information on how the site works here, and it’s a good idea to read that before you join. Guilds are kind of like forums–you join one and chat with other people around the same subject.

Once you’re in a guild, you can participate in the Challenges the group owner sets up. A challenge adds specific items to your task list. It can be a habit (something you should do regularly), a Daily (a thing you have to do every day or on certain days of the week), a To Do (one-off task), or a Reward (something that costs in-game money). The Month of Letters challenge adds just one Daily: Mail Something. It also adds two Habits: Mailed Additional Items and Replied to Mail.

At the end of the month the guild owner can declare someone the winner of the challenge, usually based on how well they did.

Even if you don’t win, the challenge items still give you experience points and help you level up, get new items, and more. Trust me, when you get your first little pet egg and hatch it, you’ll be hooked.

If you’re intrigued by all this, sign up today. It is free, after all. And you’re already challenging yourself this month. Why not get (even more) virtual rewards for it?

21 thoughts on “[Wayback Repost] Why do letters seem more daunting than email?”

  1. Having been a letter writer for several years now, I don’t particularly find this challenge all that difficult, other than remembering to do it every day instead of when the whim takes me to write. And since I may not have a penpal’s letter to answer, then I need to think outside my normal circle of penpals and write to others. I saw this as an opportunity to reconnect with a few old penpals that had lapsed, family members that live outside of the city, friends I haven’t seen in a while, and strangers or persons of stature. I think it’s a great challenge and maybe it will even boost the joy of those who process all this mail and deliver it to us. 🙂

  2. I love your post. And I totally agree.

    Email, tweets n twitters, FB comments all have their place and moment in time where they are the appropriate way to respond.

    However, sending a letter, postcard, or notecard is the only way to connect with someone on a more personal, even intimate, level.

    The act of sending a missive does take time, but more importantly it takes thought. What paper will I use? What will I add (stickers, washi, etc.)? What will I say? Combined these choices will be a bright spot in someone’s day. Added bonus? It was created specifically for them.

  3. Great article on postcard apps but you should also take a look at Postsnap’s easy to use postcard app.
    The app offers a number of unique features compared to the other apps reviewed including:
    – Guest checkout with Apple Pay
    – Extensive personalization options including collage layouts, stylish borders which can be adjusted in size with a slider and the option to add editable text in a variety of font types and colors and position it anywhere on the cards
    – iPhone and iPad support
    – Apple Pencil support
    – Facebook and Instagram integration
    – US postal address verification and UK postcode lookup
    Cards are printed and posted in our facilities in the UK, USA and Australia on the same or next working day and so cards typically arrive quickly. Enjoy!
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  4. I have been writing letters for several years now. My go to paper is Rhodia Premium or Rhodia Ice pads. I also Life pads too. I like them because they are not quite as slick as the Rhodia.

  5. I love Tomoe River paper for letter writing. I buy 100 sheets at a time and print my own mermaid stationery. I found an envelope that I like and ordered a mermaid address stamp and finish it off with mermaid washi tape.

  6. I too love journals to pull apart for writing. For me the most important aspect of the paper is the pattern. I love to have some colour and some design on the paper. I’ve managed to find a number of nice colours and designs at one of my local “Home Sense” discount stores in the book section. Most of the small journals are a perfect size to fit in the envelopes I use. If not I just give one edge a bit of a trim (but sometimes I really like the ripped edge look too!) ;P

  7. Hi, Christmas cards & more recently a letter (a bill) from the UK to Australia have taken 3 weeks to arrive. The exterior of these envelopes were stamped with a mark such as this from the latest envelope:
    DLC 992-4
    The example quoted arrived at the Australian address on 28/07/2017, unfortunately it contained a bill dated 06/07/2017 which had to be paid within 14 days, by 20/07/2017.
    Why is the post so slow? What does the DLC 992-4 stamp signify? Would appreciate your feedback.

  8. My letter that I wrote was in September. The person who it was for still hasn’t gotten it and it’s now November….
    I don’t understand why it’s taking this long. I live in AZ and he lives in NY. I want answers.

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