Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Love Letter to Letters

 Since I graduated from college and my closest friends moved to such far-off places as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, London, and even Seoul, I have embraced letter-writing in a way that I have always wanted to but never had reason to.

I know, I know.  Writing letters is so anachronistic.  Why would you take the time and spend the money to produce and mail a letter, only to wait so long for it to be delivered that the news is obsolete once it finally arrives?

Well, I have put some thought to this very question and come up five reasons it’s worth picking up your pen and dusting off those Forever stamps.

  1. Letters are conducive to sustained conversation.  How many email threads have you begun with the intention of keeping up a regular correspondence, that nevertheless died quickly when you ran out of anything new to report?  It’s hard to wait to respond when you have an email sitting in your inbox: If you mark it unread, it’s a constantly staring back at you prompting you to respond.  If you leave it marked as read, it quickly blends into the rest of your inbox and fades into obscurity.  A mail correspondence, on the other hand, has built in wait times that ensure you have something new to report by the time it is your turn to reply again.
  2. Letters are exciting.  There are a few exceptions (I know I don’t much enjoy bills or credit card offers), but opening the mailbox at the end of a long day to find a hand-addressed envelope provides a warm, fuzzy feeling few emails can hope to replicate.  The anticipation only builds as you rip through the envelope and unfold the contents within.  Which brings me to my third point:
  3. Letters are physical.  I am completely entranced by the look and feel of nice stationary, but no matter what you write on, the paper and handwriting of a letter provide contextual backdrop in a way that the targeted Google advertisements next to your emails just don’t.  Additionally, it’s much more difficult to be distracted from a letter because the need to hold the paper creates a much more immersive reading experience.
  4. Letters are personal.  It takes time and energy to write a letter, which demonstrates your care for the recipient.  It means a lot to me when I see that someone has taken time out of their (assuredly busy) life to sit down and think about me for as long as it takes to write, address, stamp, and mail a letter (or even a quick postcard).  A well-chosen postcard with a sentence or two scrawled on the back then carries the same emotional weight as a lengthy email update.
  5. Letters show you really mean it.  This is a variation of the previous point, but diverges in that it particularly applies to the all-important, should-never-be-forgotten Thank You Letter.  When you send a thank you letter in the mail as opposed to dashing off a quick email, people take notice.  While a thankful email is likely to be deleted shortly after reading, a thank you letter is something that people hold on to (my two bosses both recently admitted that they still have the letters I sent to them after my first job interview).

So while I readily admit the value of email and social networks, I am not quite ready to give up on snail mail.  The inbox hasn’t completely replaced the mailbox, after all!

Who’s with me?

{ps: send me your address and I’ll send you back a genuine, hand-written letter}

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Grove Fest 2012

I spent nine hours this past Saturday in the Grove on Manchester for Grove Fest 2012.  According to the Grove’s website, Grove Fest is “an outrageously eclectic FREE street festival [featuring] a diverse set of live music, live and interactive art, fashion shows, street performers, and of course, local food, drinks and wares.”

Above all, it’s a lot of fun.

I was there with Joe and Dave, who were busy filming the next installment in their series of promotional shorts for the Grove committee.  I took the time to snap some pictures myself.

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The Building

The Building

A week or so ago, Dave closed on the building in South City.  The building that he is tearing apart down to the sub-floor and re-building to create spaces for a wood shop for David Moore Furniture, a recording studio for Kid Scientist, a video production workspace for KS Studios, and an apartment for him, Joe, and I to live in.

This is (unsurprisingly) the first renovation project that I have been actively (read: at all) involved in, so I’m excited to see the process.  I won’t have much to do with the heavy lifting and wall-smashing, but I’m very much looking forward to being able to help design a space from the ground up (well, from the sub-floor up).

It is true that the building is much farther from where I work and where my friends live, and the surrounding community isn’t quite as vibrant as Grand Center, but I’m hoping that being able to truly customize the space will help me feel better about eventually leaving the Metropolitan apartment I have so quickly come to love.

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Content to be in Marketing

I have a new job.

While I previously spent my days answering an endless stream of emails and phone calls as a web support specialist, I will now be spending my days writing and tweeting as a Content Marketing Coordinator (guess who now has not one, but two separate Twitter accounts!)

It’s an exciting move for me.  Four years ago, I never would have guessed that my highly academic path (trailing through postmodern literature, foreign languages, masculinities theory, aesthetic negativity, and museum studies and culminating in a degree in Comparative Literature with a side of German) would have led up to a marketing position at a software company.  However, while I still occasionally expose my embarrassing lack of business acumen by asking questions such as “What exactly is a lead?”, the opportunity to put my fingers back to the keyboard, be creative, and think will be a great to get back in touch with my liberal arts roots.

And who knows?  Maybe this will finally be the impetus I need to start watching Mad Men.

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