Monday, May 21, 2012

Letter Links

Looking to write a letter or read about others' correspondence activities? Check out some of these blogs for interesting, curious, letter lovers like yourself.
Olive at Billions and Billions
Susan Branch (Illustrator) Letter Writing as an Art
Tara at The Elevated Envelope
Julie with her Penpal of the Week
Courtney at The Pen Pal Project
365 Letters blog post about Letters in the News
And finally, a short blog entry by Helen Martin, an poetic writer describing her history of receiving letters:
 As well as print magazines – my heart goes boom – I adore the beauty that is letters, parcels and packages. Since leaving university years ago, when one of my best lady friends and I were separated by hills, rivers, mountains and the M25, we have corresponded an awful lot through the medium of post. With absolutely no word of a warning, a parcel full of ripped out bits of magazines, postcards, a letter, some highly desired make up, a haircut proposal and glitter would turn up c/o my postie and upon opening, spill out in a magic flurry of thoughtfulness and loveliness.
There you have it. My letter writing links recommendations. I know there are more out there. What are yours?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

National Stationery Show 2012

This week in New York begins the National Stationery Show (May 20-23) and I'll be missing it! This is the first time in a few years that I have not been there. So I've found some other blogs to follow who are sharing their experience:

Twitter & the National Stationery Show

For those of you on Twitter, you can find and follow the tweets by searching for #stationeryshow or #nss or following @stationeryshow. For specific events like the National Stationery Show, spending time on Twitter will open up a world of people out there who share your interest. If you're new to Twitter, here is all you need to do. Even without an account, you can:
1. Go to
2. Put #NSS or #Stationeryshow in the SEARCH box
3. Read posts by those who show up in the timeline
4. Click on websites of the people or companies that interest you

If you like what you see then I recommend that you set up a Twitter account so that you can follow all of the people you're finding on Twitter who interest you. Once you set up an account, you can start following people.
 1. Find someone like @stationeryshow and click on their name to be taken to their Twitter page
2. Click on their followers
3. Start reading descriptions and tweets and click on FOLLOW for any people/companies you like
4. Soon you'll have a list of people you're following and the great thing is as you find really interesting people, you can follow who they follow or who follows them. Warning: this is a rabbit hole, much like Pinterest, and can take you hours to resurface
5. Some of them will start following you back so I recommend for you to add a description to yourself mentioning the topics you like or the traits about yourself you want people to know (chocolate lover, mom to 4, hockey enthusiast - you get the picture).
This is a great way to find people who share your interest. To search for any topic, just add the hash tag # before a word or a combination of words all linked together. #stationery or #stationeryshow #penpals, #letters, #mail. Just pick a topic and off you go!