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Why Write Letters?

People sometimes ask me, Noony, why should I write letters? After all, there are plenty of alternatives to communicating in everyday life – cell phones, texting, social media, slack, discus, websites… I could go on.

I hear that, I do; but I STILL like to write letters and encourage others to do so. Here are a few reasons:

1. It helps us de-stress. By taking all the mental clutter and influx of daily information and putting it on hold by sitting down with a pen and piece of paper, we are literally allowing our brains to calm down. We can write about one thought until we’re done, then another thought, without interruption and dings from our media. (In fact, put your phone on airplane mode while you’re writing letters so that you don’t get interrupted.)

Feather pin with ink pot, resting on a sheet of paper with a letter written on it.

2. It brings a smile to other peoples’ faces. After all, what do we usually get in the mail? Bills and junk mail, bills and junk mail, and did I mention all the bills and junk mail? I even get mail from a window company that’s already told me they can’t install windows in my type of home. But they STILL send me stuff in the mail! When I get something fun, be it a postcard or an envelope, I get excited.

3. You can make friends without all the pressure that we put on ourselves in day to day life. I’ve met young folx, older folx, folx like me and folx very different from me. I’ve made connections here in my own back yard to clear across the globe. It makes the world smaller and reminds us that we’re all in this together.

4. You can learn about other places and people. This is true whether we are writing in a grammar school class or if we’re retired and just having fun connecting with other human beings.

Two children sitting on a blanket outdoors, each reading a letter.

5. It’s good exercise. It lets us use our fine motor skills in our hands and arms as we form words on the page.

6. It can inspire us to make art, doodle, and create unusual letters for our pen friends.

7. It can serve as a distraction from stressful times. When we’re focused on a challenge like Lettermo, we’re doing something positive. We’re putting that positive energy out into the world. It becomes about connecting, and not about “being right,” or “getting things done,” or any of a hundred other ways we create mental clutter.

cluttered mind

8. It can focus our thoughts. When we have to slow down and compose ourselves on paper, we might surprise ourselves. I didn’t realize I thought that, we might think. Or we might realize we very much thought that, and we knew we thought that, and we’re very passionate about that thank you very much.

9. It can be a way to bring solace to others. Sending thank you notes is a lovely habit to get into – and we’re learning more and more about brain science and gratitude, and its uplifting affect on mental health. Writing letters can, quite literally, be good for your brain!

10. And last but not least, I write letters because I enjoy it. And “because I like it” is a perfectly fine reason for doing something.

Write on!

Contribute to a Collaborative Blog Post

Want to contribute, but don’t want to commit to an entire blog post? This year we will be doing Collaborative Blog Posts (why yes, that’s a thing I just came up with).

I’ve come up with some prompts around LetterMo. The idea is that participants can pick one or more prompt, and answer it. We’ll take everyone’s contributions and compile them into a blog post.

Have a different idea, or more to say? Check out the Blog Post Idea form.

Prompts

Prompt Submit By 12pm GMT:
What tip or trick to you have for those new to writing letters? Jan. 31
Tell us about your first pen pal. Feb. 3
Cursive, print, or typed? Why? Feb. 5
Tell us about the pen pal who is farthest away from you, geographically. Feb. 8
Where is your favorite place to write letters? To read them? Feb. 11
Tell us about a letter you received / sent that has special meaning to you. Feb. 13
How do you personalize your letters? Feb. 16
Describe your ideal pen pal. Feb. 18
Why do you write letters or postcards? Feb. 21
What is the most interesting thing you’ve received/ sent via the mail? Feb. 23
What stories have you seen / read / heard that include letter-writing as an essential part of the plot or style? Feb. 25

You can submit your contributions via the Collaborative Blog Post Form



Write a Blog Post for the LetterMo Page

Blog Post solicitation

Welcome to LetterMo 2023!

The LetterMo Admins are busy dusting off the site for the new year, and we want to include you!

One of the features on this site are the blog posts that provide inspiration, reviews, and people to write – a way to be engaged with everyone, not just and individual penpal.

We know the best ideas come from members of the community, that is, YOU.

Examples of possible posts

  • Review of a book or movie that incorporates letters as a main device or theme
  • Groups seeking letters for a cause – deployed military, hospital patients, etc.
  • Discussion of your favorite writing implements
  • Ideas to make your letters stand out
  • A specific related event, celebration or date (Feb 7, 2023 is “Send a Card to a Friend Day”)
  • A challenge you’d like to pose to others, or that you have participated in

We’d love to hear from you – we even created a handy-dandy form you can uses to submit your ideas!

Please login to submit your blog post idea!