I've said this before, but one of my favorite things about blogging is the friendships I've formed with other bloggers. Bloggers are just the nicest people.
I liken blogging to having pen pals when I was growing up. We write newsy posts, leave comments for each other, and often follow up with emails that are like the letters I used to exchange with my cousins and friends. Just without the postage stamps.
A few months back, I found a blog that links up the old-fashioned kind of pen pals. I sent in my name and I've been matched up with a couple of ladies, both in the United States, and we've been exchanging letters every month or so.
The site -- The Letter Writers Alliance -- matches pen pals according to interests, so we have a lot to write about. I enjoy writing the letters as much as I like hearing from my friends through the mail.
One of the challenges I have is finding stationery! It's easy to find note cards, but stationery by the sheet isn't easy to come by. I've actually gone on Etsy for a box of "vintage" stationery. It feels funny to think that something I used to buy regularly in my lifetime is now considered vintage.
Writing letters also gives me a good reason to buy all kinds of stamps, which has always been a passion of mine.
One of my intentions this year is to write more letters and notes. I've found a couple of websites that encourage letter writing and include letter writing challenges that make it fun. Here are a few of the links:
What about you, do you still write letters? Can you think of the last time you received a letter in the mail?
If you're so inclined, email me your snail mail address, and I'll drop you a line!