This is why I think it is such a shame that so few people choose to put pen to paper in order to keep in contact with people, and why I am determined to push my letter writing further.
Then there is the act of writing, which is more time consuming and more difficult than typing out a quick email. You can't delete mistakes or edit what you've written, so you need to know what you want to say and just go with it. For me, this also means concentrating with every word I write to ensure my spelling is as correct as possible and my handwriting remains legible.
Finally, you then need to buy stamps and locate a postbox - and if you're anything like me, actually remember to post the letter and not simply carry it around with you for weeks!
When someone receives your letter, they know that you have gone through all that effort just to say 'hi'. On top of that, most people only get bills through the door these days, so a personal letter that shows someone cares and is thinking about them is extra special.
This is why I recently invested in some more writing sets - Paperchase do super pretty ones so it is my go-to choice - and am determined to pop more letters in the post. I've already posted three this week in order to catch up with people, and would have posted more if I hadn't run out of stamps.
Even if people don't always write back to me, I just love that the envelope coming through their door may have made them smile a little bit. This is also why I am taking part in a positive post swap with some lovely Fierce Babes. Every month, we'll be sending something to someone we may or may not have met. I think this is a great way to cheer people up and make them feel appreciated, even if they haven't met the sender in person.
I definitely think people should take time to write more to each other, even if you talk on the phone to the recipient, live close by or saw each other yesterday. A letter doesn't have to be anything super special, but it will still be very welcome.