When two of my friends moved away, one to the other end of the country and one to the other side of the world, it led to an awakening. Worried about them being lonely in a new place with new faces, I wanted to stay in touch in a way that was more personal than emails and messages, so I began writing to them. By hand. Via snail mail.
And it was the best - emails have got nothing on fancy paper, coloured pens, and stickers.
As well as staying in touch, creating letters became a creative outlet in a way I hadn't imagined. Part of it was my love of stationery - finding new and wonderful note cards and writing paper, using fun and colourful pens that I'd collected but never found a proper use for, and fueling a sticker addiction I didn't know I had. But there were also the good feelings that came from actually being creative, and knowing that you could put a smile on someone's face when they found this creation on their door mat.
At the height of my frenzied letter writing, I bought this domain. I had no real idea what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted to do something with it. Now, almost a year later, I've decided to blog about letters and my love of writing them in the hopes of finding others who love letters, and helping others discover that love.
Along the way, I plan to share links to various places that I have and will discover on my letter writing journey. (And no, I'm not being paid to share any links.) So, I mentioned stickers earlier. Where do I get all my amazing stickers? www.pipsticks.com They run a brilliant sticker subscription that will delight your inner child in ways you can only imagine.
And so I'll conclude my first blog post by asking what would it mean to you if you received a hand written letter from a friend or loved one?