The Value Of The Hand-Written Letter

While surfing the net , I've noticed that the general feeling as regards the disappearance of the hand-written letter , is one of regret … a sense of sadness . According to Max Kalehoff , who works in tech marketing :

"The hand-written letter embodies 11 key attributes :

~ tactile                             ~ thoughtful                                                   

~ permanent                        ~ emotional

~ convincing                         ~ engaging

~ purposeful                        ~ reflective

~ individualized                    ~ humble

~ handmade

Then mix in context , purpose , author and content . If well-written , it can deliver extraordinary impact . The great thing about handwritten letters is they're impossible to mass-produce . Therefore , an uncontrollable abundance will never be the reason for their demise . I wonder what pre-Internet people would think of this resurrection ."

E-mails are great . They're easy and convenient . So are sms'es … However , there's nothing to beat the excitement of watching the postman arrive with his mailbag and pop a mysterious envelope into the postbox . What's the alternative ? Clicking on the envelope icon to discover that you have 30 spam mails , 10 chain letters and 2 authentic letters (you should be so lucky …) Let's face it , there's no modern digital communication that can achieve the unique sense of intimacy and intensity , that resonates with the handwritten letter ! Well , I haven't discovered it yet , have you ?


  1. Shelly on August 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Yup. I miss getting letters. But I do like getting e-mails but not all the other garbage we have to wade through. SPAM!

    • mish on August 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      I suppose the Spam is unavoidable … but what a pain !! I love writing letters – actually prefer it as a means of correspondence , though e-mail is handy in cases of emergency .

  2. Jes on August 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I miss letters too, but was never very good about writing back, except as a kid. I suppose what I miss is more than the timeframe. Emails are almost immediate; takes some of the fun out of it; the waiting, the drafting, the practicing-your-handwriting (or maybe I'm just paranoid about my penmanship?), that sort of thing.

    • mish on August 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      I think that lots of people shy away from writing letters due to illegible handwriting . E-mails are quick but bland / impersonal … with the hand-written letter you get to choose the paper , type of pen/ink , colours …

  3. Blaga on August 31, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I personally was very happy when your little blue envelop arrived here, I plan on keeping that exchange of paper and thoughts for as long as you wish to do it 🙂 thanks for offering the idea! Have a good day!

    • mish on August 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      I’ve discovered that I feel more inspired to write after I have written a letter … just made the discovery recently . It’s almost as if the letter is the ‘warm up’ … hope the feeling lasts ….. 🙂

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