Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Letter writing results


Back in February I decided I’d accept PJ’s challenge to write a letter a week until Memorial Day.  I am a letter writer at heart, having come from a long line of letter writers.   I concede that written letters sent with a stamp may have moved into the realms of dinosaurs but it was a challenge that touched my being.

I’m happy to say I made it, though it wasn’t always easy and the last couple of weeks I was scouring the address book looking for someone that I thought would appreciate a letter, someone that hadn’t already received a note from me.  And I’m less happy to report that after all those weeks and all those letters I got a total of two letters back.  Previously I had believed that letters begot letters…that surely people receiving a surprise letter would respond in kind.  Not necessarily so.  Both people that wrote back said they were happily surprised to get a letter these days, and both their letters were newsy and fun to read, and something I wouldn’t have received without my initial effort.  But still.  I calculate that I mailed at least 12 letters.  My response rate wasn’t much better than the expected response to a direct mail marketing campaign.  And I wasn’t even advertising anything nor asking for money!

Still I have to say it was an interesting experience; one that made me reach out to people I normally would only write to at Christmas.  And while some of the letters were fun to write, some felt more like a chore.  So going into the future I think I’ll still be writing letters, but not so much on a schedule.

Still I’m glad I did it, and I’ll imagine that everyone that got a letter smiled a bit even if they couldn’t find the time to let me know.  And if you didn’t get a letter – don’t feel slighted – it’s just that I know you read my blog and you already have the latest news!


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

7 thoughts on “Letter writing results

  1. Can’t remember the last time I received or wrote a letter, besides letters to parents of my students. And half of those get intercepted by the student!


  2. This is what I found too – and I think the biggest problem is the concept of time. Anything that takes more then a few minutes to do is too time consuming. Thank our fast paced world for that one.


  3. Letters, we haven’t written one in awhile. Though Dog Dad never was much of a writer, though he is old fashioned in many ways. He uses a percolator to make coffee, he loves to go to the dog park, he likes to stop and watch things. That is my Dog Dad, old school.


  4. Old school is kind of nice.


  5. It’s time for me to get the letter pads out now!

    Thanks for your reminder, Dawn : )


  6. I wish you had more return letters for all your efforts. I have a dear friend who writes letters all the time. Unfortunately, she also rarely gets letters in return. It’s pretty sad. 😦 I admire her efforts though and I know I always appreciate any notes that I receive from her.


  7. I think the times have changed. Letter writing was then–blogging , e-mail, calling is now. I come from a family of big letter writers-even my mom’s dad wrote letters and so did her two brothers and sister. But now they call because long distance is pretty much free and they e-mail all the time. I love Christmas letters from people I don’t keep up with during the year. Why send a card if your just going to sign your name and I haven’t talked to you all year–Bragging is fine with me!
    Good effort and I am sure you added smiles to the face of many letters openers and many said to someone, “Can you believe someone took the time to send ME a letter today!!”
    Have a marvelous Monday!


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