I’m so excited that Egg Press and Hello!Lucky are doing their Write_On campaign again! Now in its second year, Write_On is about writing 30 letters in 30 days, during the month of April – National Letter Writing Month. In addition to inspiring and encouraging people everywhere to write letters for a full month, Egg Press and Hello!Lucky have come together to offer everyone who signs up four gorgeous letterpress cards. As if that weren’t enough, Sakura of America has donated 5,000 pens for the Write_On kits. Signing up is easy – just click here. Need a little writing inspiration? Click here.
Last year, I took part in Write_On and loved seeing all of the snail mail being sent as I shared my own progress and followed others on Instagram. On days when I needed a little extra motivation, I was sure to find some from fellow letter writers. I sent letters and cards to celebrate occasions, to tell people I was thinking of them, and sometimes, for no reason at all. (Snail mail is always sure to brighten a recipient’s day – so why not?) When I found out Write_On was happening again, I promptly signed up for my kit, spread the word, and contacted the fabulous folks at Hello!Lucky to ask a few questions. Here are their answers:
Q: Did you find yourself sending mail before starting the Write_On challenge? What inspired you to create Write_On and commit to 30 days of letter writing?
A: We found ourselves struggling to find reasons to write and caught ourselves falling short when it actually came time to sit down and write a meaningful letter. Tess from Egg Press approached us with the Write_On challenge in honor of National Letter Writing Month as a way to reconnect with good old-fashioned letter writing. It was a challenge we couldn’t refuse!
Q: What did you learn over the month of Write_On – either from your own correspondence or from the various people online who undertook the challenge?
A: The most valuable lesson learned during this (surprisingly) challenging month was that letters aren’t just for life’s grand achievements or a specific thanks, but rather for the smaller less obvious reasons—these are often the best.
Q: More than 2,000 people took part in the challenge last year, which is amazing! What would you hope to see happen this year during Write_On?
A: Double that and more! We’d love to see more engagement as well—people sharing their triumphs and their struggles.
Q: It’s fantastic that Sakura has joined with you on Write_On. What excites you about having this addition?
A: Writing in neon! There’s nothing more inspiring. But really, just that one of our old favorites has decided to team up with us :).
Q: Why is letter writing important? How do you see handwritten correspondence as different from e-mail?
A: E-mailing is great because of its convenience, but there’s something so special about the process of letter writing—Because it is a process, it is more thoughtful.
Q: What are some memorable items you have received in the mail?
A: Anytime we receive a letter from a fan we are so thrilled. It’s the ultimate form of flattery!
I hope you’ll be joining me and taking part in Write_On. I’ve been writing a letter a day since January 1, 2014 and campaigns like Write_On encourage me to keep sending snail mail and to continue connecting with people near and far via the written word.
Photos courtesy of Egg Press and Hello!Lucky