For years I would write personal letters and even a memoir and send it out to family and long time friends. I used a typewriter and Copy machine for the memoirs as I thought that people would be more liable to read four pages rather than a whole book from me.
The four page limit is because that is the weight of one ounce and could be sent for the cost of a first class stamp.
I would not get any reply except a card at Xmas or one of those year end round up bragging letters that said the same old things every year. So and So went fishing, hunting, visiting, eating, family reunion etc There was never any comment on what they were thinking about world events or a philosophy of life.
Then I found out I could write a lot on the word processor and save it as an attachment and get to many people via my e- mail accounts. Some relatives could not access that as their computers were old and slow.
So for a few customers I went back to snail mail and the stamps. Universaly my essays were complimented except where they rubbed the political and or religious funny bones wrong.
Then I got a polite but sort of condescending attitude of- Well, everybody is entitiled to her own opinion, but we love you anyway.
Heck, I did not ask for their love, only attention and maybe recognition that I got them to think about things bigger than what they had at the bar- be- que or who was Student of the Month.
Now those same people have been notified that I am wrinting in a different format, and that if they want to know what is new with me, they can come here.
This format has also helped me discipline my efforts in that I have to write quickly and be topical. I prefer to write from experience, and know that it is harder to write a short effective article than a longer essay.
It was a family tradition to write letters as my nuclear family was a continent away from the majority of the tribe, and my mom treasured her letters from sisters and the brother in the military.
The most memorable letter was from my uncle on Guadalcanal during World War Two. It was simple a flimsy lightweight envelope written on the inside and folded to show the address on the outside. He could not say much, due to war time censoring, but it was a bit of history to to be saved and respected.
I could write about many countries, as I have had travel experience in far flung places since 1970.
I don’t even have to make a draft, as it all comes forth like a steady stream.
Here is a partial list of countries that I have seen up close and personally.
Australia, Austria,(winter) Canada, Germany, Guam, Europe and England, Micronesia, Turkey, Israel, Roumania, Tibet and Yugoslavia.
I always wrote post cards, and cherished those that were sent to me from my friends’ trips even if they were to points in the U.S.
It meant that they could still write and share their enjoyment of the travel experience.
Now I look forward to see what my fellow bloggers are up to, and enjoy the immediate feedback
Thanks all you travelers!