Oh man, I'm geeked out. I'm plain exhausted from the Calgary Expo. There were some highs (meeting Katee Sackhoff and Jasika Nicole) and some lows (the exit was temporarily shut down by the Fire Marshall and I'm ashamed to say that I might have contemplated eating my husband's arm at one point, I was so freaking hungry), but I made it back in close to one piece. I was planning on being practically comatose most of today, but something roused me out of the depths of my stupour and I took to the blog world to make one important announcement:
I HATE COMPUTER-TYPED LETTERS.
I HATE THEM. I HATE THEM. I HATE THEM.
My past stance on computer-typed letters was "okay, I don't mind recieving the occasional letter of this type." Sometimes life gets busy, and it's fine if someone sneaks in a letter during a slow time at work. But no more.
I recieved a computer-typed letter this week from someone who responded to my penpal ad. My initial feeling was YAY, thanks for adding to my great mail week. However, imagine my surprise when I was visiting the blog of a fellow penpaller, and discovered that hey, she also recieved a letter from this same person. Not just any letter, mind you, THE EXACT SAME LETTER.
When I recieve a letter, I'm grateful for the time and effort that someone put into writing me something. It's a great feeling. Penpalling is not about booting up the computer, printing out a form introduction, slapping a stamp on it and sending it on its way. That takes the fun out of snail mail. I get enough form letters from every corporation and company I've ever provided my address to, I don't need more. If you don't have the time to write a real letter, or don't want to put in the effort, DON'T WRITE. Printing out a letter shouldn't be an option. It's an insult to those of us who spend hours and put a lot of heart into our letters. Sometimes I feel as though my hand will fall off after a really long letter, and it hardly seems fair that someone should be the recipient of that letter when that same person couldn't put in the same bit of effort for me.
I understand that intro letters can be tedious. "Hi, my name is Laura, blah, blah, blah, blah." But I also know that my intro letters are never the same. I always write different letters, because I know that different people will want to read about different things. I don't simply write one letter, and send several people a photocopy of that letter. That is the antithesis of penpalling.
I'm grateful that I've only recieved two computer-written letters during my re-discovery of snail mail. All my other responses have been from penpallers who love stationery and hand-written correspondence as much as I do. To you all, please know that I'm thankful for your mail. I've fallen in love with your stationery and your penmanship (some to the point where I'm contemplating replacing my hand with a robotic one that writes as nice as you do....), and I'm very happy that you like me enough to continue writing.
Now that my tirade is done, I return to my geek-induced coma.....