Blog Post #2

Handwritten letters are becoming a thing of the past, and after this assignment, it makes me a little sad. I was originally worried when I heard that I was going to have to hand write a letter because I had no idea who I would write to nor what the letter was going to be about. I decided to write to my younger brothers because they are who I miss the most from home.

Nowadays, a reason it is harder to converse with people via mailed letters is because it takes a while for them to receive them. This could be due to long distances, wrong addresses, or a mailing mix up and that makes it less dependable than a text message or phone call. Technology comes with its own set of problems, such as dropped calls, no service, and wrong numbers. Even with these technology cons, its easier to communicate because it is much faster. By calling/texting someone you are able to reach them within seconds and when the matter is urgent or time sensitive, that is crucial.

With all of that being said, a letter is something special because it lasts forever. I still have memorable birthday cards or letters from loved ones because they meant something to me so I kept them.  I was able to think about what I really wanted to say so that it would mean something to my brothers. Not having spell check was a struggle at times, but knowing that I was writing my brothers a thoughtful letter made the ideas flow. I think this exercise is important for any millennial so that they can be reminded of how important it is to keep handwritten letters around.

Writing A Letter: Who Has the Time?

To begin, I’d like to apologize for this rather tardy blog post. However, my tardiness is going to further my point.

When Dr. Menke wanted us to write a letter, I was originally excited. I never get to send letters because everyone is typically used to text messages. Most of the people I talk to are just a click away so I tend not to send letters. However, given the excuse to send one, I was ready to jump at the opportunity.

However, I soon became consumed with too much work and stress from other sources that I actually forgot about the letter. When I realized I had to write a letter in a couple of hours before class, I freaked out. How in the heck could I have forgotten.

And that’s the point: In this generation, we’re so consumed with everything else that we forget to do the things that actually take time and are important. Even if we are originally excited about them, most of them soon take the backseat to other outrageous events that force themselves into precedence. It’s important to remember that the things in life that take more time and pay homage to those ways before us are still important. If they got our ancestors through life, they obviously aren’t too bad. Of course, we don’t have to go back to carrier pigeons or the Pony Express, but it is nice to know that we still have letter writing as an effective method of communication…even if it slips our mind until an hour before class.

Writing A Letter

There are several different media platforms in which I can send a friend a message. I could go through Facebook, Twitter, call them over the phone, or even by sending a simple text message. However, writing a letter is still a decently common form of contact between individuals. Now a days, people get excited over a letter in the mail. When I open the mailbox and see an envelope with my name on it, I am excited to see what the envelope has in store for me. I feel as if this creates a feeling that a text message just doesn’t create. I also believe that writing a letter is more personal. It shows that you took the time to gather the materials and put aside a few minutes to write out something meaningful. I wrote my letter to one of my closest friends who I haven’t seen since I went off to college. We will be seeing each other this weekend as we fly to Philadelphia together to see Rihanna and Coldplay perform, so I hope she will receive this letter before we head out. While I haven’t written a letter in some time, it didn’t feel the least abnormal to me. I assume this is because it’s similar to sending a very long, personal text message – which I frequently do send. This probe showed me that writing a letter may be outdated, but it has remained an excellent way to let someone know that you’re thinking about them.

08/28/16 – Letters

A good friend of mine, Shivani, is attending Georgia Tech as a freshman this year. One of her favorite things was to send people mail. From care packages to letters, everything. So when Dr. Menke told us that we’d be writing a letter to someone, I knew I had to write one to Shivani.

I’ve never actually properly written a letter before. I would only write a few sentences on a card. Something along the lines of a “Happy Birthday! Have a great day!”. But writing a letter is so much more different because it requires a lot more effort than a simple pre-messaged card. I found that writing letters was a lot more extensive than sending a text or video calling. I had to think about what I was gonna write and how much I could write before I couldn’t write anymore. I couldn’t attach funny memes or post links for good songs.

As a very sentimental person if I were to receive a letter, I’d keep it for a very long time, reading it over the years. Because of this, writing the letter struck me differently, in a good way. It was a completely different experience and I might actually take it up as a regular habit.

Blog Post #2 8/28: Writing a Letter

As it becomes less and less common to utilize the letter as a way to communicate, it also becomes more and more interesting to see what happens when you do write one in this day and age.  When it came time for me to do this very task, I decided to write to my best friend back home from Colorado.

Because we have known each other since 1st grade, you would think it would be easy to write her a letter of a decent length. Truthfully, it was, since we can usually talk for hours in person. However, at the same time, because technology is such an integral part of our society, it was definitely different trying my hand at such a different type of communication.

Since we mostly contact each other by texts and calls now, this felt much different. The thing that was difficult was writing with the thought in mind that each word I wrote became our entire conversation in and of itself. By expecting a long wait time until her response, I felt like I needed to include both questions about how she was doing and the specifics of her life in Colorado, but also how I was doing and what’s been going on with me here in Georgia all at the same time.

Though letters do not have to be long, I found it refreshing to create a long response rather than a short one. The short bursts of messages sent in a matter of seconds virtually just don’t have the same amount of meaning, or the feeling that someone took aside more than one minute of their time to write out their thoughts, elicit a response, and interact with family and friends in a way unlike any other. I’m glad I got to try out this form of communication, and I would like to continue occasionally sending letters through the mail in order to reignite a human connection that is centrally infused within the thoughts written with pen and paper.

Blog #2: Writing a Letter

Right after this assignment was given, I knew I wanted to write a letter to my mom and dad back home. They love hearing from me, but will probably be taken back by the fact that I contacted them via letter. The act of writing on paper what I wanted to tell them was a new experience for me, as I usually just call them on the phone or respond to my mom’s texts. I found it difficult to begin the letter, as the only hand-written letters I’ve recently written were thank you notes for my high school graduation. I’m really curious as to what my parents have to say about receiving this letter when I go home for Labor Day weekend. I think they will appreciate the gesture, as hand written letters are such an uncommon form of communication nowadays.

Writing this letter was such a positive experience because I put much more thought into what I was saying. The act of giving my parents something physical that they can hold onto for years was also rewarding. Conversations via texting or phone call aren’t necessarily permanent and can’t be held onto like a letter can. This assignment also helped me reflect on how much our modern-day forms of communication differ from those of the past. Letter writing used to be the only form of communication before the invention of telephones, texting, and the internet. Writing a letter does require more work and thought, but its impact exceeds those of phone calls or text messages.

Blog 2

When I first heard about this assignment I really had no idea who I was going to write to.  I only live about an hour away and talk to most of my family on a daily basis through texts, so I wasn’t really sure who I wanted to write.  I ended up writing to my boyfriend who I don’t get to see or talk to as often as everyone else.  It was a lot easier than I initially thought it was going to be.  I thought it was going to be a really awkward letter full of me just rambling on about random stuff that has happened during these past few weeks, but it turned out a lot better, and easier than I thought.

After writing the letter, I found myself somewhat frustrated; that’s the best way I can describe it, but I wasn’t upset.  I  was just so excited for my boyfriend to read the letter, but I knew I was going to have to wait about a week for him to even get it. I didn’t want to ruin the surprise of me writing the letter either, but I felt so weird writing all this stuff down to tell him and then having to wait more than two minutes for him to read it and respond, but I still enjoyed it.

Blog #2

Going into this assignment, I was thinking this is going to be very difficult. I was asking my roommate, “How do you even start a letter?” The only letters I’ve ever written to my knowledge that I can remember would be thank you notes 2 months ago for graduation gifts. I have no idea how many thank you notes I wrote, but it was a good many and all I could think of then was it only gets worse, there’s going to be a lot more when it comes time for me to get married. My hand was aching after all those thank you notes. But when I actually started writing this letter it wasn’t bad at all. I wrote to my God-father who lives in Alpharetta and I don’t really see him on a regular basis. I just started rambling about my college experience and what all I’m becoming involved with and I just thanked him for everything he’s done for me. And that I absolutely love it here in Athens! It was so much easier for me write down what all is going on with me in Athens than telling someone. You can write so much more and it helps you remember everything by writing it down. Writing that letter was a little bit strange because I’ve never written a letter before. It’s so much easier to just pick up a phone and ask somebody how their day was. But honestly I think it is so much more meaningful to a person if you write them a handwritten letter rather than, shooting them a text or email. I think it shows that you actually care and that you actually mean what you are saying. I enjoyed getting this opportunity to write a handwritten letter.

Blog 2: Letters

When reading this assignment, I struggled to decide which family member or friend I wanted to write to. I ultimately decided to write a letter to my older brother Nick, who goes to Auburn. My brother and I are very close, and text or snapchat each other almost every day. This made writing a letter to him very difficult because I am just not used to sitting down and writing my thoughts on paper. It was difficult to determine what exactly I wanted to write to him, and I struggled to find the right wording. I finally just had to start writing and realize that I could say whatever I wanted to say, and that nothing was going to be “wrong”. Ultimately, letter writing was a positive experience for me. I am excited for my brother to receive my letter because I feel a letter is far more personal and sentimental than a text. I am encouraged now to eventually write letters to all of my family members and friends because they are a thoughtful keepsake that can be saved and cherished forever.

Reflections on Writing a Letter in 2016

Whenever I thought about college in high school, the first thing that came to my mind was how hard it was going to be to leave my family. My mom, dad, little sister, and I have always been close, and I consider my family to be my best friends. The first few days here at UGA, I thought about them constantly, and when I saw this assignment, I knew I would be writing a letter to them. It was really interesting to see the differences between texting and talking to them on the phone, which I do pretty frequently, and physically writing out what I wanted to tell them.

While writing my letter, I realized how much easier it was to remember all of the new things I had to share. When talking on the phone, I would always forget to say something, or even not have a lot to say at all. Writing out my thoughts in a letter came surprisingly naturally, even though so few people write letters today.

While writing, I even found myself more excited to tell them about what’s happening in my life, because I knew how happy a surprise letter from me would make them. I realized how impersonal texting really is, and that calling them, and even writing to them occasionally, is much more special and would mean a lot to them.

There’s something about receiving a letter, and even just seeing a person’s familiar handwriting, that makes you happier. Cell phones are so accessible, that texting and calling are effortless. Sitting down and taking the time to write down your thoughts and share your life with someone lets them know that you’re thinking about them. It shows them that you care enough to spend time on sharing with them.

In a way, maybe it’s not such a bad thing that writing letters has become such a rare art. Today, when you write a letter, it’s heartfelt and detailed, just because it is so uncommon. If we still wrote letters today as much as others did when writing them was necessary, they would seem like a part of daily life. Maybe the rarity of writing letters just makes them all the more special.