>On June 1, Postmark’d Studio reached a milestone! It turned one year old! 365 of the best days. The year has flown by, and I have loved every minute of running this little business. Oh, it has been plenty full of challenges, but connecting with so many wonderful snail mail enthusiasts has been delightful! I feel so fortunate to be doing what I love, and the joy of connecting with you—from makers to subscribers to followers—has made this journey even more special.
Cheers to the next 365 days ahead, but most importantly, to savoring today and looking forward to tomorrow as we discover cool and modern ways to connect with snail mail!
Speaking of 365 days, I want to introduce you to a wonderful friend I met this past year through Instagram: Rebecca Wilson. Rebecca has a blog called Touch and Go Paper, where her aim is to connect readers with some of the best paper and stationery shops with a bit of wanderlust inspiration tossed in. Her secret ambition is to one day open a stationery shop!
Enjoy my conversation with Rebecca about her 365 days of a letter-writing journey.
Anne: On February 1, 2018, you set upon a challenge of sending 365 letters in 365 days. What made you decide to take on this letter writing challenge?
Rebecca: I first became intrigued by a 365 letter-writing challenge when I saw how @devotediarist on Instagram had completed one. I had participated in Write_On’s 30 letters in 30 days for National Letter Writing Month twice, so I decided I was ready for a bigger challenge.
Anne: To date, you have sent 120 letters! How do you keep yourself inspired and motivated?
Rebecca: As of now, I’m a little behind on my letters, actually, but I’m doing my best to enjoy the process. Every time I feel like giving up, I just sit down and crank out a happy pile of mail, and I keep going. Inspiration is easy with an Instagram feed full of fellow snail mailers who are crafty with their envelopes.
Anne: I am not sure I know 120 friends/family! Who do you write to?
Rebecca: I write to basically everyone and anyone, though mostly friends and family. One of my recent letters was a thank-you note to someone who works in PR for a sunglasses company. She brought sunglasses to the office, and everyone got a free pair! It’s easy to find people to write to when you think of the little things.
Anne: Do you have pen pals? Are you looking for new pals?
Rebecca: I would say I have one dedicated pen pal, and I’m working on a couple others. I have a lot of friends whom I try to reach out to and keep in touch with on a regular basis. And I’m always looking for new pen pals!
Anne: Do you have a close group of friends and family you write to every week?
Rebecca: I would say I have a group of about 10 people I write to regularly but not every week—maybe at least twice a month.
Anne: Who is the most unusual person you have written to?
Rebecca: I can’t say I’ve written to anyone unusual. However, one of my favorite things to do is find college acquaintances—people I barely knew whom I maybe had one class with—and ask for their addresses. It’s fun getting to know people that you barely had a conversation with but who you have maybe admired from afar through mail.
Anne: Do folks write you back?
Rebecca: I’ve been keeping track of responses during my 365 letter-writing journey, and so far I have about a 28% response rate.
Anne: Where is your favorite spot to write?
Rebecca: I’d say 99.9% of the time I’m writing from my desk in my apartment. It’s convenient because I have everything I need within reach—markers, stickers, washi tape, stamps.
Anne: What’s in your tote bag/writing kit?
Rebecca: I have a box full of sharpies as well as washi tape, a pile of stickers, and a humble rubber stamp collection.
Anne: What item would you be lost without?
Rebecca: The common denominators between most of my letters are a pencil and large eraser for creating pretty envelopes. Those are my necessities.
Anne: What person, dead or alive, would you send an invite to dinner?
Rebecca: Thomas Jefferson has always been my go-to historical figure that I’d like to invite to dinner. Mostly because he was a fellow redhead.
Anne: And would that dinner invitation count as a letter?
Rebecca: I count anything that has a thoughtful message longer than “Happy Birthday” as a letter, so yes!
Anne: What has been the most rewarding experience of your 365 letters in 365 days challenge?
Rebecca: Even though I’m often off-pace when it comes to numbers, I keep going, and that journey has been rewarding. Also, it’s always fun to write to new people and see if we click as pen pals.
Anne: Thanks for sharing, Rebecca! You have inspired me to think about taking this challenge on; look out, 2019! I wish you joy and happiness as you continue on your letter-writing journey!