I started this challenge back in 2012 on a whim, and it turns out that I’m not the only person who enjoys sending mail. It’s like I know a bunch of writers or something. Fancy that.
A couple of things about the challenge, for those of you who are looking at it and feeling like it is too intense.
- I’ve seen you do NaNoWriMo. This is way fewer words.
- It’s only 24 items.
- People love getting physical mail.
- They don’t have to be handwritten.
- They don’t have to be letters. A postcard. Fabric swatch. You name it.
- To repeat, people love getting something personal. They love getting real mail.
But, awkwardly, this year, I have a favor to ask: Don’t write to me.
I know– I know it is totally counter-intuitive, but the thing is that as the founder of Month of Letters, I get more than my fair share of mail. I’m still working my way through the mail I got last February in fact, which cause me more than a little anxiety. So… What I’d like to ask is that you pick a friend who maybe doesn’t get mail and write to them, even if it is unlikely that they will write back to you.
There will still be a connection with that person. So take a moment, sit down, and send someone a tangible expression of the fact that you are thinking about them.
It’s fun. I promise.