Pretty much everyone owns at least one of these electronic gadgets; either a mobile phone, laptop or even a smart watch. Now with just a few clicks or taps we can access files all across the Internet, look at pictures and send emails and messages as quick or as slow as we would like.
Yet, as crazy as this might sound, before all this amazing tech was invented people used to send each other hand written letters which is also known as snail mail because of how slow the process takes.
Writing snail mail was something that I absolutely adored when I was a teenager, I loved the anticipation you feel whenever the postman or postwoman comes to the door with the post and maybe, just maybe there is a letter addressed to you.
Now everything has changed, the younger generations now probably have never experienced writing a letter to a pen pal or someone they know and that is so saddening to know as they will never feel the excitement I felt when opening a handwritten letter.
When I was in Primary school my classmates and I was assigned a pen pal abroad that we can write letters to and send drawings or other little gifts along with it.
When I grew a bit older I started to write to my cousins in the UK as we don’t see each other much so it was nice to find out what is going on in their lives and we sometimes send each other cute stickers and drawings which is a nice personal touch compared to a picture just found and attached onto an email from Google.
As we all grew older and technology started advancing, these letter soon came to an end as it was too old fashioned compared to emails and instant messaging. However, since graduating from university I have met a lot of people from abroad with one being a lovely friend from Norway who also had an interest in snail mail, and now we send each other letters as regularly as we can and I finally felt the feeling I did when I was a little girl receiving my special letters.
Sorry that this post became a little bit personal, I just love the idea of snail mail and being given the opportunity to start writing them again whilst using my cute stationary sets made me a very happy bunny.
So, with all that said and done I would like to share some tips about pen pals and starting your own snail mail writing adventure.
Step 1 – Finding a pen pal
To be able to have a written conversation with someone, you would first need a pen pal first. This can be quite tricky as not a lot of people write letters anymore but there are websites such as PenPal World and PenpalsNOW that is there to help make the search a lot easier. They are free to join and they are a good place to start if you are interested in connecting with people around the world.
Step 2 – The stationary
Okay, so another reason that I like writing snail mail so much is because some writing sets are just so cute that I end up buying them and sometimes never use due to my lack of pen pals. So definitely invest in some cute stationary sets are this is most likely going to motivate you into writing your letters and you never know, you might receive something similar in the post.
Step 3 – Write the letter!
It might be daunting when you stare at a blank page with a pen in hand, but there is no reason to be afraid, it is just like writing a text message to your friend except it’s on a piece of paper. So just start of by saying who you are, what you are doing, your hobbies and interests until soon enough conversations and questions will flow smoothly back and forth from each other.
Step 4 – The wait
The final step! The letter is all set to be sent and when that’s done, all that is left for you to do is wait. So keep busy, continue with your everyday lives so when you see that handwritten envelope arrive on your doorstep it will surely make your day!
And that’s all there is to it for the art of snail mail. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you fancy writing snail mail with me one day, feel free to contact me!
See you all in the next blog post.