After March On… it’s time to Write_On for April Showers of Mail!

Since 2001, April has been known as National Card and Letter Writing Month when it was officially designated by the U.S. Postal Service “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.” Well, it’s no surprise that it’s another favourite month of LetterMoians too!

Egg Press in Portland, Oregon, started the WriteOn Campaign in 2014 with the hopes of creating a letter writing habit by completing the joyful task and challenge to write 30 letters in 30 days during April. Their mission is to “promote joy, creativity, expression, and connection through hand-written correspondence.” They have a great list of resources including templates and printables. Need to stock up to get through the month? They have a limited supply of special #Write_On merchandise available and have a special offer on qualifying online purchases through March 31st with special code.

Do you enjoy meeting other card and letter writing fans? Check out their calendar for events or the Directory of Letter Writing Societies to see if there is a group in near you to see if they are having a meet up. Most of them also accept mail too so you could add them to your list! The directory was created earlier in 2019 by Megan Hillman, the founder and letter-writer-in-chief of the Colorado Correspondence Coalition. Please contact her if you have started your own letter writing club and want to be added to the list.

Still looking for someone in addition to your LetterMo friends to write to in order to meet your goal of 30 mail items? Consider #MissionMail – from the LetterMo STAMP (bingo) game P2: Participate in a Mail Mission – Members have already posted several ways to put positivity into the world via mail” by sending words of encouragement and support, and to bring a bright spot to someone’s day.  They include: US Military members or being a Soldiers’ Angel, Canadian Forces  members, Mail More Love to folks who have been nominated,  Prisoners, EldersFoster Youth, Hospitalized Kids, Peace Corps members,Long distance truck drivers, and showing support and solidarity after tragedy in Christchurch , New Zealand. You can also check the LetterMo Facebook Groupas members post other mail writing campaigns they come across.

Do you want to track your letter writing? Check out this collaboration stamp by Rhea of @MailMoreLove and Paper Pastries to show what number piece of mail you’re on #/30, as well as all the other adorable mail related rubber stamps. Speaking of stamps, these are my current personal favourite snail mail stamps from Wit & Whistle.

Does the idea of 30 Items still seem daunting? Consider Pretty by Post’s #SendCardsSpreadLove Challenge which runs April 15-19. Danielle, PbP’s Chief card curator & paper lovah, asks if you have 5 days (yes, just 5!) to dedicate to your loved ones to create deeper connections by sending cards and spreading love that will become keepsakes that will last a lifetime. When you sign up, you will receive an email with the #SendCardsSpreadLove Challenge outline as well as a special code for limited time offer for free shipping if you’re interested in ordering curated greeting cards and stationery. You will also receive tips, resources and you can enter to win daily prizes when you post your entry in the private Facebook Group or Instagram. Sign up today and get all the details about this fun challenge. The official hashtag is #sendcardsspreadlove.

Speaking of fun, be sure to check out Sara, Snail Mail Superstar and LetterMo supporter from Constellation & Co. for a month of deals, new releases during National Card & Letter Writing Month, as well as resources about reasons to write and overcoming hurdles to writing.

Remember to share and tag your mail-errific efforts this April on your posts on Instagram or in the daily mail call in the LetterMo Facebook group so we can cheer you on:
#write_on #lettermo #happymail #snailmail #nationalcardletterwritingmonth #sendcardsspreadlove

Let us know below if you know of any other organizations celebrating National Card & Letter Writing Month by hosting special events or offering special deals to letter writers.

Happy Writing LetterMo friends!

Irene @ilau

22 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.
    http://www.postsnap.com
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/postsnap-best-postcard-sending/id650814139?mt=8
    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!
    Stephen Homer
    Founder
    Postsnap

  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 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

  6. 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
    14:55
    26/07/2017
    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.

  7. 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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