Is Letter Writing a Dead Art Form?

When was the last time you got a letter in the mail? Not a bill or a piece of junk mail, but an actual letter? Something handwritten, maybe on pretty stationary, that someone sat down and wrote with you in mind? For most of us that has was a long, long time ago. I have to ask…what happened to the fine art of letter writing?

In the digital age we are more inclined to shoot off a quick text, email or even a short voice message. We like to get to the point and move on. There are people who like to spend more time letting people know what’s going on in their lives, but nowadays you are more likely to find a yearly newsletter in your inbox than a piece of mail with a stamp on it.

I love getting letters in the mail (cards fall into that category too). The thrill of opening the mailbox and finding an envelope with my name handwritten on it among all the bills is a treat. It is even better than finding my monthly Ulta catalog, although I get really jazzed about that too. Why did letter writing stop being a thing?

Is it too time consuming? Is it the money one has to spend on stamps and paper? I am not sure, but it makes me sad. I am a romantic at heart, spiced with a little cynicism for sure, and when I think of letters, I think to days gone by when people would spend years writing back and forth. That was their friendship or maybe even a little love affair, all through paper and pen. Some of the best books I have read have been about someone’s letters. One of my favorites is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”.

I have recently seen a little bit of rebellion among the younger crowd. They are giving up their cable and streaming services and going back to an actual television antenna. Maybe it’s to save money, but maybe they are tired of all the noise that is thrown at them every time they open their phones. Are we starting to see a flip back to simpler times? If that is the case, maybe it’s time to bring letter writing back as well. All it would take would be for everyone to write just one letter to a friend to start a “revolution”.

Today is World Letter Writing Day and I have a challenge for you. Take the time this week to send a letter or a card to a friend. It doesn’t have to be long and drawn out, just a little message to let them know you are thinking of them. Sign it, seal it, put a stamp on it and drop it in the mail. Let’s make letter writing a thing again.

***Question for the comments…Do you like to get letters? Do you like to write them? When was the last time you got an actual letter in the mail?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

4 thoughts on “Is Letter Writing a Dead Art Form?

  1. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 For those of you wondering why I’m laughing I called my sister when she was actually writing this post to tell her about a HORRIBLE letter I just received. I LOVE letters, both writing and of course, receiving. The only letters I do not like getting are from Sad Sack Sallies. You know. Debbie Downers. I have pen pals where we complain, but there’s always something funny or interesting, too. In this letter I received today, I counted 6 things wrong with this woman. My head exploded. Not one fun thing.
    I have beautiful, flowered stationary, and of course, Flair pens that match or complement the paper. I also get pretty stamps. The women I write to are into decorating their envelopes with fun stickers and washi tape. Fun to look at, but not for me. The most fun is getting a long letter where you laugh all the way through. Can’t wait to hear from Denise in Green Bay now!

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  2. Do handwritten thank you cards for graduation gifts count? If so, then I received a letter about three weeks ago (in the mail) hand addressed to me! It was adorable, from my niece, yes an 18 year old! I do miss letter writing. I have had a few pen pals in my past. The best was after high school, my best friend was to live in France for a year. We vowed to write back and forth all year which meant a three to four week turn around! We accomplished that task and it was fun! And it was a powerful way to stay connected…. I will
    ponder your challenge and try to write someone this week. Mahalo Tracie!

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