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!