When I was younger, I loved having penpals. Writing long letters to people I didn’t know in ‘real life’, sending them little gifts, getting all excited when the mailman arrived… It was perfect because my love for reading and writing (and socializing and giving people things) really came together.
Now I’m 32, and life isn’t exactly like the old days anymore. No, I’m not complaining! In fact, I think life just gets better and better! But then I happened to come across Anke’s completely selfmade magazine on snailmail (the modern term for penpalling). I bought the magazine out of curiosity, because I love Anke’s work, and because I used to make magazines myself (a little journalist and editor even when I was 17, oh yes!).
I read it from cover to cover (the above photo is by Anke, by the way) on the train from Utrecht to Rotterdam, after Meet The Tweet, and I got all excited and inspired! Reading about snailmail just made we want to do it too! Knowing myself though (and being busy enough with other things), I tried not to think about it too much. But then I kept seeing all these nice tweets on snailmail, saw beautiful examples, read more on the subjectmatter, and I just couldn’t contain myself anymore.
Instead of posting an ad in the Dutch girlie-magazine Tina, like I did when I was 12, I asked Anke how to go about it and she just retweeted my request. And what do you know, a very creative person replied, saying she’d also like to try snailmailing! So I know what I’ll be doing this weekend: losing myself in the world that is known as snailmail!
How about you? Do you like snailmail or did you do this as a kid? Tell me about it, I’d love to hear your inspiring stories!