I’m still not convinced this is going to go anywhere. Not that it needs to in truth. I’ve just loved handwritten letters all my life and wanted to pass on some of that enthusiasm, or rekindle it if it used to be there. It’s not about sharing people’s actual letters online really. In my heart that doesn’t feel right unless you have their permission. I’m addicted to social media as much as the next person but I do feel sad about the loss of intimate moments these days. It’s quite novel to watch a sunset or have a giggle with friends and think this is just between us. I like it just because of that. A personal handwritten letter feels exactly the same. A small, in fact, a one person audience.
So maybe this is going to be one big fat fail for that very reason but maybe there is a tiny ember of intimacy glowing that we can gently blow on again. Who knows? It does mean moving away from the computer occasionally (says she typing at the computer) and finding some paper (any old bit will do) and a pen or pencil and writing to just one person. It is a bit of a weird sensation. Only I can spell-check my own writing in a handwritten letter which is a bit alarming being the original Mrs Malaprop, or was it Reverend Spooner, that I am? Maybe I’m both!? But equally it is fun just to let your thoughts flow. It can go anywhere, and generally does.
Please do give it a go. Even if it’s just once. And tell us how it was (well, only if you want to). I expect if you’ve read this far you already write letters so if that’s the case, do spread the letter writing love. One thing that would be fab to share online is where you write letters from. Where’s your Jane Austen or Winston Churchill or Charlotte Bronte place? That would be fascinating to see what weird and wonderful places letters are written from (my only reservation is perhaps not from the loo) but any others (normal, wild or wacky) would be brilliant. Send a photo and we’ll add it to the Gallery.