I made a resolution this year that is a bit different than what you hear from most people. My resolution didn't revolve around quitting smoking, or losing weight. I chose to try to make a difference in a different way. My resolution is to connect more with people around me and around me encompasses the planet.
That sounds a bit daunting, right? I am making progress, slowly but progress nonetheless. I started off looking at sites that offer pen pal connections. Letter writing just made sense to me. It has sadly become a lost art but I have found that there is a very large and thriving letter writing community out there.
Letter writing is so personal. There is something to be said for receiving a letter from someone that took time out of their day to sit down and express their thoughts with a pen and paper. Whenever I receive a letter, I feel good and it really brightens my day. That sealed envelope contains a mystery, a story of sorts waiting to be opened and explored. I love the thought of people setting time out of their busy schedules to tell me how they are, what they have been up to and asking sincere questions back at me. It is a written conversation unlike what people get in email nowadays.
So far I have connected with people in Germany, Australia, Russia, The Netherlands and several states here in the US. I am still looking for more people to write to and I don't know if there could be a limit. I enjoy this too much. One of my favorite groups I have found so far is the Letter Writers Alliance. A whole group of people like me who enjoy the art of the written letter for correspondence. I love it.
I also created this blog to try to connect to more people who also share the love of analog based communication and expression. Snail mail is a great outlet but using a digital medium to discuss analog endeavors makes me smile as it seems a bit devious. I will be adding a contact form to this blog here shortly but in the meantime, you can reach me at my email address. If you would like to become a pen pal, let me know or if you just want to email, that is fine too.
I am 4 months into my resolution and I have made excellent progress to my goal and I have no intentions of stopping. I have been very happy here connecting with strangers I share the planet with and I would love to meet you all.