I am starting my own fad. I call it postcarding. The art of correspondence is waning to the point of extinction. And so I will attempt to revitalize it with my new fad. In this age of mobile phones and email, contact is nearly instantaneous and the most exciting mail we get is the coupon pack.
Remember when we were little? When you sent away for something from a cereal box, it wouldn’t arrive for 6-8 weeks. SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS! Now you get mad if you have to leave a voice mail or your friend doesn’t instant message you right back. (First guy – “Dude, the thing said you were online and I sent you a message, but you just ignored me. Where were you?!” Other guy – “I just went to the bathroom for a second, geez.” First guy – “Well thanks a lot. Now my whole life if ruined and I am in jail!”)
So, here’s the deal. I am going to start sending postcards to people. If I have your address, there is a chance you will get a postcard. But here is where this simple correspondence becomes a fad – the content area. Write a message if you want, but don’t be limited to it. Draw a picture, riddle it with stickers, tape a picture you just printed out…whatever fills the content area. Treat is like a little scrapbook page. (Another fad that has gone by the wayside.) The point is that it is fun to get mail and nonsense can be just as entertaining as anecdotes. (Sometimes more.) Try to entertain the receiver so as to elicit a response.
The beauty part is that postcarding won’t take to much time. You can do it with those spare 15 minutes you have on your lunch break. (Teachers not included, sorry.) All you need is a postcard, a stamp (23