The Lost Art of Writing Letters…

21 Jun

The strangest thing happened the other day. A customer came in looking for letter sheets. All the employees were shocked at this request. Surely, she wasn’t going to go to a stationery store…to buy letter sheets…to write a note…BY HAND! It’s so rare that someone from the Y-Generation chooses the snail-mail route.

When such a simple request shocked a paper store that’s been in business for more than 20 years, we realized that letter writing has become a lost art. With technology advancing every day, texting and email has become the regular. Actually if I receive an email with full sentences I find it to be a pleasant surprise. A text that includes punctuation is like the Holy Grail. 

With the constant technological updates, it’s easy to see how letters can seem archaic. However, we would argue that it instead shows thoughtfulness. You took the time to sit down…put together your thoughts (hopefully in a coherent way)…and spent your very own money on postage.

We in no way think that technology is evil. We’re not nostalgic for horses and buggies (we very much enjoy cars with AC.) 

We would just like to encourage you to start writing again. It may seem awkward at first. After all, it can be viewed as a higher maintenance version of a text message.

However, to get you started here are some helpful hints on how to write a letter.

Keep it short.

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Ask questions about their life.

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Tell them about your life.

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Now, I know what you’re probably thinking now. What do you write it on? Do you use a sheet off of your finest legal pad and the pen that doesn’t squirt ink? While I’m sure the person you’re writing to would appreciate you using your favorite pen and a non-wrinkled sheet off your legal pad, they might also like to see your personality come through on your stationery.

How about a letter sheet? Familiar with those? They’re pretty…

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So, try writing a note this week. I don’t care if it’s to your mom, your grandma, a friend or even a stranger (careful there creeper.) Let us know how it went…Actually this is an excellent segue into my final little schpeel.  Let us know if there are any etiquette questions, how-to’s or something else you would like us to write about. We want to hear from you! After all, this is all for our amazing customers.

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