lifestyle The Lost Art of Writing Letters 26th August 2018

Laura Has a Blog

In this day and age, we are surrounded by digital interaction. It’s either through social media, texts, emails or images like Snapchat or Instagram. Everyone is behind a screen and an arm’s length away. There is little to no personal contact anymore, and besides a face to face conversation, one of the most personal and underrated methods of communication was writing letters.

It’s all virtual and intangible

A lost art and an alien concept to many is the handwritten letter. It’s a unique experience we’ve been desensitized to. It engages most of the senses and there isn’t really anything else that does that anymore. Writing a letter takes time, effort and thought. You handwrite it and think about what you’re going to say before you put pen to paper. The stamps are tiny works of art and you take the time to go to the post box to send it away. You can smell the ink and tell who a letter is from by the handwriting. And you can hear their words in your head as you read it.

World Letter Writing Day

“Handwriting is your DNA, It’s your fingerprint that only you can share with others. Pick up a pen or pencil and write a letter.” – Source

The only person I can think of who does this anymore is my Nan. She’s from a different era and she doesn’t own a computer or a mobile phone. Text and emails are a foreign language to her, and if she ever wants to get in touch she will write me a letter. I love that, and I respond to her with a letter because that’s what she knows. She’s also the kind of woman who cherishes are a card at Christmas over any gift. And a ‘Thank You’ note means more to her than any other gesture.

I was really excited to be a part of The Viking Blogger Box campaign. They teamed up a few international bloggers from all over the world to put pen to paper and write to each other, just in time for World Letter Writing Day on September 1st! I just thought to myself…

“How nice it would be to get a letter someone had taken the time to write, rather than a bill through the door?”

My pen-pal was Esmeralda. She’s a blogger from the Netherlands and you can check her out at girlboss.pink. I read a little about her and sat down to write my letter. Suddenly I realised I couldn’t remember the last time I had picked up a pen! That was a sad realisation…

There is no auto-correct and ink cannot be erased, so there has to be real thought before you commit it to paper. So I actually spent some time really thinking about what I wanted to say and ask her. I then sealed my letter with the awesome wax stamp that was gifted to me by the campaign (proper oldschool style) and sent my letter away. I’m actually really excited for a reply and will definitely keep the pen-pal relationship going!

Laura Has a Blog

It was really nostalgic for me and I took more away from it than I thought I would. It’s inspired me to write, physically write, more. Be that journals, letters or just a handwritten shopping list. I encourage everyone to get involved with World Letter Writing day. There are tonnes of ways to find your own pen-pal and start a written word relationship with someone. If you do, be sure to share your experience on social using the hashtag #VikingInternationalPenPals and #WorldLetterWritingDay!

Until next time ♡

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12 Comments

  • Aycan posted on August 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I am so for writing letters. After I wrote my post about snail mail, I’ve been trying my hardest to encourage letter writing as much as possible. Even if it’s writing a little quote to someone that reminded me of them!

    I honestly would love a pen-pal. I had one when I was still in primary school, but we only wrote one letter to each other. I still remember she had the perfect handwriting and I was so envious!

    Aycan // http://www.littlewhitesocks.com

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    • 𝓛𝓪𝓾𝓻𝓪 ♡ posted on August 27, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      I’m always jealous of those who have really beautiful or perfect handwriting! I’ve been practising hand lettering for ages because I love it so much!

      Laura

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  • Cristal posted on August 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Love this! I still write quite a bit but only for myself. It would be nice to write to someone. It would be amazing to get something in the mail. In my world I brought back sending out Christmas cards and that has been fun. I grew up watching my grandmother and parents receive them every year and until it became less and less. Thanks for sharing your journey with this. Very inspiring!

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  • Crissy posted on August 26, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    I love this so so much! I try to write handwritten letters often, although not enough. It’s sad that my daughter doesn’t even know cursive, so we’ve been working on it a bit this summer. They want her to provide a “signature” on her school forms, but it’s really just print. Very sad.

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  • Nicole posted on August 27, 2018 at 3:33 am

    This post seriously made me so nostalgic for the pen pal I had as a child. This is a trend that would probably make NO sense to the next generation, but I remember being SO excited to find a letter in the mail from her- knowing it was all for me to read!

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  • Laura-Lee Bowers posted on August 27, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Yes! Thank you for this! I just wrote a letter to an old Prof and it felt great. I totally agree with you :).

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  • Rebekah Gillian posted on August 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I’m glad people are picking up pens/pencils and writing letters to one another again. I agree with you; lots of people have gone over to the digital age and forgotten about how personalised sending a letter can be. I’ve sent thank you cards recently, but I can’t remember the last time I picked up a piece of paper and a pen and wrote to someone. My friend and I are planning to write to each other when she goes away to university, though, and honestly, I can’t wait! I’m sure we’ll still catch up online, but it’ll be nice to have accountable communication, too.

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  • Maartje van Sandwijk posted on August 27, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I had a penpal when I was younger and I absolutely loved it. But, the mail wasn’t very reliable, and I think at least ten of our letters to each other got lost. In the end, this is why we lost touch as well. I only had her address – no social media or phones at that time!

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  • James Sewell posted on August 27, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Love the push for something more analog, especially something as magical as letter-writing.

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  • Stephanie Jay posted on August 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Loved reading this post – I’ve recently started trying to send people birthday cards instead of just writing on their facebook wall or sending a text, it’s so much more meaningful when you can see the effort somebody has put in to sending you something.

    Stephanie ❤ https://iamstephaniejay.co.uk/

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  • Zoë posted on September 2, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Ah gosh I have always loved writing letters and receiving them. Over the years I have gotten less and less, and now I don’t receive any which makes me so sad!! Writing letters is just so beautiful to me. I remember at Christmas time we had a school letter box, we would all send cards, and there were students who would deliver all the letters to the classrooms. Gosh I just miss that so freaking much!! Beautiful post!! xx

    http://zoe-ware.com

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  • Oprah posted on September 6, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I couldn’t tell the last time I wrote a letter by hand or mailed through the post office. My mom still sends postcards through the post instead of electronically and I like the idea. It would be great to receive a hand written letter in this day and age.

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