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I have made a study of human communication -- interpersonal as well as mass media.  I am intrigued by tremendous changes in human interaction in recent years.  The computer, Internet, smart phones and social media have dramatically changed the way we interact with each other.  Human discourse hasn't changed, but the mediums by which we communicate have..."and that has made all the difference".

 

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Written a Letter Recently?

This year, I took up a challenge to write 52 letters in 52 weeks.  I initially read about the idea on a friend of a friend's blog-- I know, how "old school".

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But I enjoy getting mail that isn't a bill or advertising, so I thought it might be a fun way to communicate with friends and family.

I have really enjoyed the project.  Not to say that I have actually sent a letter each week!  But I have sent two or three some weeks so hopefully that makes up for the skipped weeks.

When I sit down to write a letter, I start by glancing at my address book (again, old school!) and seeing whose name pops out at me.  Then I start with the perfunctory:
"Hi, how are you doing"  and then from there I ask them about their family and work and before I know it I'm adding tidbits about my recent activities, my family, books I've read, movies I've seen, etc.

I really feel like I'm having  a cup of coffee and visiting with the person I am writing too.

Now when I see funny cards or pretty note paper, instead of just thinking, oh so and so would like that, I actually buy the card and send it to them with a personal note!

Taking the time to write to a friend is a totally different experience than dashing off a quick e-mail or clicking "like" on their Facebook post.  I think the act of  thinking about what I am are going to say, and writing it down changes the experience, proving once again that the medium is the message.

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0 #6 Bindhurani 2012-05-29 10:57
I haven't written a letter for a long time. I used to send letters to my mom and mom in law. Now, I call both mostly every week. Your blog post remind me to write a letter. My mother keeps my letters.
I send few handmade cards to friends last year. They send me "thank you" emails.
 
 
0 #5 Kay Lorraine 2012-05-23 04:52
I cannot remember the last time I received a letter in the mail from anyone, let alone a handwritten letter. I have, in fact, written three letters to friends over the past two weeks. I typed them, however. Not because my penmanship is bad - quite the opposite. But because I can type so much faster than I can write. I would love to see letter-writing revived as an artform but I'm not holding my breath. U R looking at the future of communication. LOL

Kay in Hawaii
 
 
0 #4 Grace 2012-05-21 21:33
I hear you Jeri, handwriting is a challenge! But I bet you could type your letters and still participate in the spirit of the challenge. I look at it more as a personal communication program rather than a penmanship exercise -- good thing as my hand writing is awful now
 
 
0 #3 Jeri 2012-05-21 16:35
I can type with one hundred percent certainty that I would never, ever handwrite 52 letters in a year! :) Just this weekend, I filled-out an application for Costco and had to clarify about five letters for the man who re-typed my info into the terminal. I do love to type though. I guess I'll blame it on my left-handedness and leave it at that.
 
 
0 #2 Bethany Lee 2012-05-19 06:11
What a wonderful idea--52 letters in 52 weeks. I want to do a similar challenge. Letters are so much more personal, and when I receive a letter, I feel so special. Hardly ever happens anymore, so it's like a gift. Thanks for this idea. :-)--Bethany from LinkedIn
 
 
0 #1 Susan Cooper 2012-05-17 10:05
I can remember how excited I would get when a letter would come just for me and how fun it was to read and then re-read the letter. When I read your post it brought a warm feeling. We have lost so much in this fast paced world of Social Media. One of those being the art of truly communicating to each other. :), Susan Cooper
 

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