• National Letter Writing Month - A 30 Day Challenge

    Remember the thrill of receiving notes passed to you in the grade school halls? How excited you were to send that perfectly folded scrap of paper, the intended recipient’s name scrawled in bubble letters and intensely decorated with your best doodles. The contents often prompted questions with a box to check for yes, no, or maybe. And when you finally received that note back, oh the joy! If only we could have bottled that feeling for a rainy day in our adulthood...

    Well, we have a better idea. April is National Letter Writing Month – and we are kicking off a new project. For the entire month of April, the team here is going to write one letter a day – the challenge is now for you, dear reader and lover of notes, to participate in this snail mail revolution with us.

    Now, where to begin? Thinking of who to write to or what to write about every day for a whole month might seem a little daunting but wait, we devised a list of 30 ideas/topics to help inspire those thoughtful written letters, notes, or even post-its.

    So, time to dig deep, grab a great card, a great pen and a quiet moment. Good luck and happy writing!!

    1. Write a sweet note to a family member and tell them why you love them.
    2. Send a note to a favorite teacher/professor who had a big impact on you.
    3. Share kudos with a local business who always provides you with great service.
    4. Fan mail out with a note to Brand/Company you are obsessed with and tell them why you are a part of their tribe.
    5. It’s tough being a kid these days, so share a note with a special kid in your life.
    6. Let’s get deep and send a letter to your future self. What are you looking forward to reminding yourself about in 20 years?
    7. Oh that significant other in your life. Why not write a note saying what you love most about them?
    8. Your celebrity crush should feel some old snail fan mail love this month! (Dear Ryan Gosling...)
    9. The time is now to connect with a state or local representative to express your thoughts on an important issue.
    10. Giving makes you feel so good. Send a sweet note with a donation to charity you support.
    11. The Postman, the UPS guy, or Trash collector all deserve some written gratitude.
    12. Sneak a note to your neighbor complimenting them on their beautiful yard or how much you love being invited to their cook-outs.
    13. Get off your phone and write a note to that person you only email or text with.
    14. Reach out and tell someone that changed your life - whether they know it or not.
    15. Take a moment to write a letter of encouragement for someone you know is having a difficult time. A snail mail hug!
    16. Write to a favorite author or artist and describe what their art means to you.
    17. Share a favorite recipe and a fond memory with a friend.
    18. Connect with that one college roommate and remind them of that one time you both did that silly or stupid thing.
    19. Tell a coworker you see every day in a little note why you enjoy working with them. (Remember, we will accept a Post-it note!)
    20. Send a letter of thanks to someone who is currently serving or did serve in the armed forces.
    21. Pick someone who inspires you and give them a written high five.
    22. How cool is it send air mail to someone who lives in a different country? Try it!
    23. Craft a love note to you mother that is not a Mother’s Day card.
    24. Send greetings to a new or soon-to-be-born baby describing the wonderful world they are about to enter.
    25. A letter of congratulations someone you know did something awesome today!
    26. Nothing beats a hug but a written letter of sympathy is the next best thing.
    27. Reach out and share with someone currently seeking refuge in a shelter words of encouragement.
    28. Compose that perfect letter to the editor of your favorite publication. You may be surprised - and be published.
    29. Pass on some words of wisdom or write a letter of recommendation for a new graduate.
    30. Thank your grandparents or share a note with an elder at a local home and remind them of why they are the part of the greatest generation.

    Share your month-long letter writing journey on social media and use our hashtag #aprilshowersbringmailflowers for a chance to be re-posted on our social media.

    We must also tip our hats to our fellow greeting card comrades: Egg Press and Hello! Lucky – they are the OG creators of the popular and amazing Write_On Campaign, which we are not affiliated with but we are driven by the same belief – that the art of letter writing should continue as a means of communication, an avenue for spreading feelings, ideas, and goodness. So why not share more kindness & joy?

  • Comments on this post (3 comments)

    • Cat says...

      Although April has passed, I’m glad you included writing to a member of the armed forces in your list (#20). Many servicemen and women who are currently serving do not hear from people back home.

      To make it easier for writers, they can check out the Soldier’s Angels website and join the letter writing team.

      June 12, 2018

    • Bee Eastman says...

      I’m a firm believer in the ‘write-on’
      campaign and look forward to contacting
      Old friends, new people I’ve met this
      Year in our new Home of North Carolina. I’ve got m
      WRITE-ON Stationery ready to go.

      April 03, 2018

    • Lore Fogle says...

      I love this blog! What inspiring and creative ideas. Even if I don’t succeed each day through the whole month, it gives me incentive and creative suggestions for getting out my pen and note cards!

      April 02, 2018

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