Social Media can be all-consuming. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn. The steady stream of online content can be dizzying. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these mediums – they help me stay connected. But still … don’t you sometimes miss a sweet gabfest on the phone? Or lunch with friends? What about getting a letter in the mail?
My answer was yes to all of the above, so a few months ago I elected to try something new. I started sending actual cards – not e-cards – to my friends and family. I joined this company called SendOutCards on February 8, which has provided me a tool to easily create custom cards on my computer. The company in turn prints and mails them for me. No aimlessly wandering my local Hallmark. No trying to find a stamp in our home office. I needed something easy, and this seemed to be a perfect blend of technology and personal touch.
I actually loved this concept so much that I became a distributor, which allows me to sign others up to use the system. But this post isn’t a pitch (unless of course you want to sign up, then by all means contact me!). Rather, I wanted to share that I’ve sent out 74 cards in 84 days – and it feels so good.
Sure there have been the typical birthday greetings and invites … those are so obvious. But I’ve also reached out to people to just let them know I’m thinking about them. I’ve sent out heart-felt thank-you notes, expressed more gratitude, and have told more people I value their friendships.
I know many people probably do this naturally in their everyday interactions, but as someone who likes to write, this medium is a nice complement to my style.
I still like the quick Facebook comments and emails, but I feel extra special when I get something in the mail. Maybe I’m sentimental, but it’s nice to open an actual card and know someone cares. I hope a few of the people I’ve sent cards to over the past three months feel the same.
What about you? Do you find yourself totally relying on social media to keep in touch? Do you miss the good old days of mail, phone calls and in-person meetings? Share your thoughts.