I am not sure why but in recent years I have set myself some, well, rather challenging challenges as New Year resolutions. In 2011 I decided to read a different short story every day and blog a review. The results are here.
During 2012 I want to write more letters. Not just letters but cards and notes. Anything handwritten, basically, that I can send to other people. I miss the days when we used to write to each other. I do get quite a lot of post, and I am not complaining about all the free books I am sent, but little of it is personal or in the form of ink on paper.
This, I think, is a shame.
So, if I write stuff and send it to people then some of them will presumably write back. And then my letterbox will be happier. Hence my handwritten project. It is not original, I am sure lots of other people have done similar things online, but that doesn't matter.
Here's how it works. I will write to anyone who wants to hear from me. It may be a postcard, a short note, or even a long-winded letter, but it will most certainly be in my own fair hand. The recipient does not have to write back but is more than welcome to do so. Simple.
I mentioned this on Twitter as the old year came to a close and quickly collected over 60 addresses from people who wanted to be involved. Naturally, I would like to extend this offer to the fine people who actually bother to visit my blog. If you want something in the post from me then drop me a line and I will get something out to you just as soon as I can.
I do mention handwritten letters in my book, 21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff). They are one of the few entries that I genuinely think are worth saving. I'd love it if people wrote to each other more often. I am sure there'd be more smiles around as a result.
*Trots off to buy more stamps*