As many of you do, I enjoy reading other Typospherian's blogs. As I was reading CS1489's latest, I noticed in his profile blurb in the margin that one of his interests is snail-mail. Snail-mail huh? The term brought back memories of my childhood, when I used to maintain pen pals. The act of taking the time to write a letter by hand, maybe make a sketch to include and connect with another human being via postal correspondence is so much more personal than email, and the creating of such things is quite enjoyable. I realized about then that I missed participating in it.
Something had been brewing just beneath the surface of my conscious thought ever since I read this post on Writing Ball, this one on Streamlines De Luxe and...well, everything I've read on Manual Entry. So I suppose it was only a matter of time before it clicked, the idea fed to the surface and I subsequently shared it with all of you. Here goes; I'm going to throw this one at the Typosphere's wall and see if it sticks.
I would like to propose 'The International Correspondence Project'. In this project, participants would make, as my husband dubbed them, Typograms. They could be hand-written or typed (even made on a brailler, steno-graph or adding machine, for those who like 1337-speak), or be a sketch or photograph with no words at all or a small, hand-made item (a bookmark, for example). They could be a business or calling card, or a greeting card, too. The subject matter could also be whatever one wished; a personal letter, a type-written poem, a typecast. Once these Typograms arrived at their destinations, the recipient would then upload them onto their own blogs to share. I think this would be a great way to share and connect with individuals that we may never get to meet, say, on the other side of the world, or the other side of the country. And it could be a fun project for anyone who wanted to get involved.
So what say you, fellow Typospherians? If you would like to be a part of this initiative, you can email me here to get started, or contact another Typospherian that you would like to participate with. Let's have some fun and see where this project goes! I do hope you'll participate.
Use your words for correspondence!