Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Month of Letters

I have recently been getting back (or trying to get back) into the world of letter-writing.  No one I know, anywhere, has any real interest in writing letters in this day and age of email and texting and Facebook, so I have to resort to writing complete strangers.  The bonus is, however, it doesn't take too many letters before you're not complete strangers anymore!  (You progress to mostly-complete strangers, I suppose, but STILL...)

Postcrossing is pretty good for the quick mail fix, but it seems a little sterile.  Yes, you get great postcards from all over the world, but in general it feels very impersonal.  Even though there are options to strike up a correspondence with your fellow Postcrossers, it's generally a one-off kind of thing.  Getting mail means more when you are receiving letters and postcards from someone to whom you feel like you could talk in person, as well as on paper.

So in my quest to find some new penpals, I have joined this site: A Month of Letters.  It's free to participate.  The idea is to write a letter or postcard and send it every day the mail runs in February.  You also write back to everyone who writes to you, which can count as the daily letter/postcard as well.  The idea is to get that mail flowing!  (And, at the same time, do our part, however small, to save the U.S. Postal Service!)

The Month of Letters website has a forum, where members can discuss letter-writing, introduce themselves, and find new penpals to write to.  The whole thing is pretty simple, and members can be as active or as "lurky" as they want to be.

I already have some potential penpals I have gotten from this site and from the forums on the Fountain Pen Network, but I could always use more.  Do you want to write me?  I would welcome any and all letters.  I will write back, too!

Here's how you can get in touch with me:

Randall Harris
142 Sweet Bay Trail
Petal, MS  39465

Happy letter-writing and mailing!


  1. I participated in LetterMo last year, and it was a wonderful experience. I'm participating again this year. Looking forward to a month filled with new friendships and ink/pen introductions!

  2. Awesome! I am looking forward to it too. I have been wanting to start early, but since I try to put something in the mail every day, I guess I already have. See you on the LetterMo forums!

  3. This is my first year to participate in LetterMo and I'm quite excited about it, Randall! From what I hear, it can be pretty interesting. Have fun with it and write me if you'd like to!