Today is World Post Day*. And, in this speedy-feed-scrolling digital world of ours, opening the door to find a sneaky bit of thoughtful snail mail waiting for you is one of life’s simple pleasures. So this blog is an ode to a more traditional and delightful means of communication.
I’ll obviously also be sending a few bits and pieces of real-life post to celebrate off-screen and I challenge you to do the same. GO ON. Jot down a letter or poem or draw something and pop it in the post to someone you really like. I can assure you it will brighten their day when they find it on their doormat, plus: 1) you will feel warm inside 2) the process of creating something is therapeutic and 3) it costs next-to-nothing. Bam.
If you need more time and cajoling, here are some tips for being a Top Postal Pal:
Be that person who has everyone’s address. This makes sending surprise post that much more surprising. Ask for addresses when your favourite people move or steal one of their utility bills when you visit**.
Always have stamps handy. Ask for the picture ones over the counter at the post office - they’re generally quirkier than the Queen’s face.
Keep a stash of beautiful paper and cards*** for writing a quick note when you’re in the mood. Pick up ridiculous postcards while you’re on your hols, and buy that card that has no particular relevance to anything when you see a great design.
Letters don’t have to be particularly wordy. I received a great rave wolf drawing in the post the other day (thanks Duns). Don’t let the thought of having to write reams put you off. Start with a Haiku poem if you fancy. (I love this Dear Data project – correspondence based on data visualisation of what two women either side of the Atlantic had been up to that week).
Make your envelope a work of art. Find a tonne of inspiration (as well as inevitable awfulness) on various social media feeds using hashtags like #snailmail and #envelopeart.
All give and no take? Read a brilliant bunch of letters to other people on Letters of Note.
Happy posting, pals!
*World Post Day commemorates the date of the establishment of the Universal Post Union in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland. This marked the start of a global communications revolution allowing people to write to others all over the world, according to Wikipedia. THANKS GUYS.
**Don’t. It’d be weird.
***For example, the Bonjour postcard pictured at the top of this blog is available in my Etsy shop right now. Just saying.