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In today’s blog post, I’d like to discuss further about snail mail (refers to personal mail) again after the Envelope letter set series earlier. Really… why send snail mail if you can email in today’s fast paced environment?
Note: Other than emails, there are other forms of instant communications such as text messages (sms), Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, Skype, Facebook messages etc. But for the purpose of this article, I’ll just mention emails.
Fast paced means we have to do things fast enough in almost every area of our life or else we’ll fall behind. We need to…
- Work fast so that we can climb up the corporate ladder faster
- Reply swiftly to each correspondence we receive especially emails or other instant messages (you receive fast and someone also expects you to reply promptly)
- Pick up the call as soon as it rings (it’d be slow if it’s more than 3 rings)
- Catch up rapidly with all the latest news and happenings so that we can have the hottest topics to talk about when we are with others or else we look outdated
- Run fast to win the marathon
- Read fast so that we can read even more
- Learn how to blog quickly so that it can be seen by more people
- Learn how to use social media to market your business as quickly as possible so that you can get your message across FAST
- Update new products quick enough so that your ecommerce store always stay new and fresh to entice more new visitors and buyers
- Eat fast so that you can have more time to do more quickly…
- Talk fast, type fast, walk fast, FAST, FAST, FASTER!
There are more things you have to do in high-speed but I just stop here because I can already feel the stress and tension!
Anyway, you get the idea.
At one point, I simply couldn’t quite take the fast paced things that are going on and on. I’d drive a bit faster but safely (still following the road rules) to reach the destination. I’d become impatient if I see long queue in the post office. Plus, I expected my smartphone respond swiftly if I wanted to change screen and I’d feel irritable if it’s a wee bit slow.
Don’t get me wrong. Doing things fast has its own advantage too such as the invention of electronic mail or commonly known as e-mail. You can send your messages very quickly and the recipient can get them fast if not right away.
“Please email me this.”
“I’ll email you that file.”
This conversation becomes so common nowadays. However, one of my relatives insists that no email app on her mobile phone so that she doesn’t have to deal with emails ALL THE TIME. She’ll only check when she opens her laptop.
I think this is pretty cool and smart. You don’t have to be bogged down by the endless emails since they are 24/7 whereas snail mail is totally different.
As I mentioned in this post here, snail mail does take time to prepare and get it delivered to the recipient. Depending on the locations, it could take days, weeks or even months to reach.
It’s just way too slow if you were to send something important. Of course, nowadays, you can also have other options like using express courier service but pricey.
So, why send snail mail if you can email?
Below is a list of pros and cons.
Personal yet not invasive
Learn how to write thoughtfully
Practice your hand-writing.
Check if the snail mail layout and
Be able to feel and touch the
Be able to treasure the mails for
Learn to be patient and slow down
The best part, you can learn
Nice little surprises when you
Send messages instantly
You can undoubtedly print out
Set up an email account is
It’s time consuming from the
You can still write thoughtfully
Many of us are bombarded by
Handwriting can be a bit
Are you convinced by now… why send a real letter?
Snail mail can also be in the form of envelopes and letters, cards, postcards or even small packages as long as it’s handwritten (or do it yourself from scratch like these mini projects) and sent via postal service.
If not, why not read this article from uncustomary.org – 100 reasons to send snail mail?
This blog entry is actually inspired by it. I’m so surprised to read that there are so many reasons and days you could make use of sending snail mails. The article includes some common holidays such as Valentine’s Day, New Year Celebration, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Thank you note etc plus many other unusual holidays which you can take advantage of, for example, Friendship Day, or if you are in a long-distance relationship.
So, these are some of the suggestions you can use and send your first snail mail right away.
Last but not least, it’s still up to you. You can have lots of reasons to write a letter or you don’t need a reason at all. Since sending real letters do take a bit more time and cost money, you can send it once in a while or during special holidays or celebrations.
The most important thing is to get started. Grab a pen and paper, use some pretty masking tapes to decorate if you happen to have some, write a few short encouraging sentences or a long-winded one and mail to your favorite people.
I can already see their broad grin when they hold your thoughtful snail mails in their hands.
What other pros and cons of snail mail and email? Which one would you prefer?
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