How’s your penmanship coming along? The notecard project

Earlier this year, I found Kara Matuszewski’s (@karamat) blog because she started following me on twitter and read a post she had written about hand-written notes. I clicked into the comment box to send her a note, stopped cold and thought, “Wait a minute, I can do better!”

And I went searching for her mailing address, pieced that together and sent her a hand-written note, thanking her for following me on twitter. (I know, corny but so what)

But then I got to thinking that while I send out thank you notes more often than most people, I probably don’t do it enough. Besides, my penmanship is getting worse and worse because I don’t practice. So, I bought me some Moleskins (I know, a cliché) and started writing my to do list in them to practice.

As I was writing last night, (I had a flashback of John Boy from the Waltons sitting at his desk, writing the events and thoughts of the day in his journal but that’s not the point) I realized that not only was my penmanship going down the tubes, but so was my ability to compose a quick thought on a thank you card or a note. It seems simple, but when I get to a blank card, I struggle for the right words. I used to be able to dash off half a dozen before finishing my first cup of coffee in the morning. Way back, when people sent cards.

So, here is the project: Starting April 1st and through the end of 2011, I want to send one note card a day to someone who follows me on twitter or reads this blog. It will help me get my penmanship and note-writing skills back as well as have something physical that connects me to you.

At the end of the year, I will have sent out 274 cards and connected with as many people in a more real way than just a tweet or a comment.

I will scan each card and share at the end of the year (minus your mailing address, of course.) I am not doing this to build a mailing list or anything so you need not worry about giving me your info. Just a fun little project that will help me gain back some skills and have some fun and human connection along the way. Maybe I’ll even build a Google map to see how far and wide we are all connected.

Ready?

Want a card? Fill out the form here.

*I’m starting April 1st because I need to get some cards printed up. I went looking to buy some at the store yesterday and found out the selection of stationery has really gone downhill since the email became fashionable. The first hundred or so will probably not be as skillfully done, but you can call them ‘my early works’ if you’d like.

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3 Responses to How’s your penmanship coming along? The notecard project

  1. Kara says:

    Thank you so much for the card. I look forward to hearing how your project goes!

  2. Rufus says:

    Already got several folks signed up! Gonna be fun

  3. Christiane says:

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been quite upset for a while now, as I am also incapable of writing the old fashioned way. It looks terrible (and I used to have beautiful writing) and I’ve lost that brain to hand connection. This is a great idea, but not sure I can commit the time (doesn’t THAT sound ridiculous as well?). But I’m looking forward to watching your progress. 🙂