My first ever LetterMo challenge is complete. 26 pieces in, and 43 pieces out for the month of February. Yay! This includes correspondents outside of LetterMo. So what did I learn? Many things, but overall I have learned that I prefer a more natural pace to writing letters.
Outside of the letter writing I actually put myself to a greater personal challenge during this month. Working from home and life being an isolated introverted task, my personal goal was to use the challenge as a platform to be extraverted and social through the challenge's site. I dare say, I achieved my goal.
I made myself a bloody nuisance
to my grand satisfaction!
It enforces that I am an introvert because being an extravert for a month
was exhausting. Even online. I buzzed around the site as much as possible to challenge myself out of my comfort. I enjoyed meeting new people during this month, it made this personal goal worthwhile.
Some other things I accomplished this month:
Yet another great thing about this month is that I was able to dip into my abundant supply of heart stamps! I really needed to use these. So I spread the love of letter writing through stamps as well. ♥
I do recommend printing out the annual badge once it's released at inception of each LetterMo. I am surprised at how much I enjoyed pasting these little "ID" stamps onto my posts!
One other interesting thing that came out of writing for a month was my penmanship. My comfort zone is PRINTED CAPS. Doing so much Calligraphy made me think I might be able to improve my script. I have now begun writing in script a bit. My apologies to all those who have to endure my practice on them.
The only concern I have is with my calligraphy on most of the envelopes. I wonder if some never made it to their destinations due to my stubbornness in how I chose to address them. You do have to pay for your stubbornness at times.
Also during this month (What can I say, I've been a busy bee) I was able to match up my neighbors two daughters with PenPals in Germany and New Zealand! I made them Kiddie PenPal Pouches to increase their chances of success. Blog post here.
....and I also.... did a Guest Blog post for LetterMo on thier site! I made it on Belly Bands. It was really a hit because some other bloggers made similar entries on their own blogs on the same thing. It really is the easiest thing to do for your letters. See post here.
Of course I was also inspired to do some MailArt! This one is my
Sir Steampunk Monkey of Manchester! (That process here.)
I found a bit of a phenomenon... there are a lot of writers in Oklahoma and Texas! Anyone know why, let me know. =)
LetterMo is different for everyone, as we are all different. But I do recommend that everyone consider this annual challenge at least once. Depending on your schedule, you may want to remove your address as I did about three weeks into the challenge to keep it to one month. Mail will continue to filter through into March as members give that one last push the final mail day in February. Replies will also filter in. I had to do my best to keep it to a one month commitment because of things in my schedule.
Of course if you do not have penpals and want it to continue, by all means leave your address up and available to members! You may want to check out the forums, as it seems each year has a "Seeking Penpals" forum. 2016's is here.
I got myself into a paid service for penpals at the end of last year and now have an abundance. And am wondering how I will balance them with the increased housework come the warm weather. My apologies to any LetterMo members who sought me out at the end when I removed my address. Honestly I am not that interesting a person, but I am glad to have the correspondents I currently do and want to give a go in hopes for lasting friendships.
I DID meet some members during the challenge that responded early on. So I did add a few more but am at capacity at the moment. It is said that some correspondents drop off after a while in the world of hand written communication. If this should happen I will be seeking out the lovely members at LetterMo. Very knowledgeable folks over there too! Thanks to everyone who wrote and replied! Great to meet you all! Remember to...
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IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
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