Monday, June 11, 2012

The lost art of letter writing

I’m reading Jane Austen’s Letters and there is something about them that makes me want to grab my fountain pen and some nice thick letter paper and write somebody a chatty letter.

These days, there’s email and Facebook and Twitter to keep people up to date with any news about us, but it’s so much less personal than a letter. Then again, it also takes less time for us to update lots of people. :)

I’m rather torn because I like the convenience of writing one blog post or one Facebook post to tell hundreds of people (or at least the five who read my blog) about anything interesting (or not interesting) that has happened to me.

Then again, what is it about a thick sheaf of creamy paper that’s so enticing? Or the feel of a smooth fountain pen that glides across the page like an ice skater? I wonder if I like the process and tools involved in writing letters more than people actually want to receive them? LOL

Any of you still write letters?


  1. I just blogged about this! (Borrowed the topic from the Love Inspired blog.)
    I've read books consisting entirely a person journals and letters, like Jim Elliot's journals. It's scary to think about our Facebook posts and blogs being put into print. ;-D

    1. Oh my gosh, totally! That's something I hadn't really thought of before!

  2. I used to write letters all of the time. I haven't done as well with that as I used to. I have a beloved cousin and we've been writing back and forth for over 40 years.