Why You Should Always Writing Postcards

Although writing postcards is now popular across the globe, they had a humble beginning. The earliest postcard dates back 177 years to 1840 when an English man named Theodore Hook sent one to himself.

However, it took 21 more years for John P. Charlton to copyright the first American postcard. Following this, we saw the growth of postcard collectors, also known as deltiologists.

More recently, mediums like email and text messaging arrived on the scene. But despite the new technology, postcards are still one of the most thoughtful things you can send to someone.

Here are a few reasons why you should writing postcards every chance you get!

It Shows You Care

An email takes only a few minutes to write, and what does it lead to? Well, the most common length of an email response is just 5 words.

Overall, typing up a couple hundred words and clicking the send button doesn’t require much effort. The recipient knows this as well as anyone else.

On the other hand, writing and sending a postcard involves a few more steps. You have to pick a design, maybe even a personal picture, write a message, and address it. As a result, it shows that you actually put time and energy into doing something nice for someone you care about.

It Helps You Stand Out From the Crowd

Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, everyone was sending postcards. Not only did postcards serve as an easy way to communicate with someone, but they were also fun to collect.

Nowadays, the average household receives only one personal letter every 7 weeks. So, when something arrives through the snail mail, it comes as a very pleasant surprise.

Meanwhile, approximately 97% of Americans text at least once per week. It’s likely not uncommon for several people to send you multiple personal texts every day.

If you want to stand out from every other person in someone’s life, send a postcard. The uniqueness of the gesture can capture anyone’s attention.

It Can Chronicle Your Travels

If you go on vacation, you can use postcards as a travel journal. Send postcards to yourself after experiencing something memorable. This way, you can always look at the card in the future and put yourself right back in the moment again.

If you’re sending it to someone else, you can add a personal note too. For instance, try writing about a memorable experience you had during your journey. You can also describe what’s going on in the photo.

The front of a postcard is the perfect place to showcase a breathtaking landscape. And instead of buying pre-made postcards, you can take pictures and design your own photo postcard.

It Lasts a Lifetime

Unless you store your files on the cloud, you have to migrate them to new devices periodically. Plus, an unexpected computer crash or smartphone glitch can erase your photos. Trust me, you don’t want to live through the horror of that! It could cause you to lose some of your most cherished memories.

If stored properly, anything made out of paper can last hundreds of years. Therefore, if you send a postcard to someone, you can be sure that it will stick around for a lifetime. The fact that it’s a tangible object adds another dimension that email attachments cannot replicate. 

It Relieves Stress

Modern life demands a lot from us, and as a result, things can get pretty hectic. With a hectic lifestyle comes stress.

However, putting together a postcard can help you put a damper on all the stress that’s affecting you. Whether you’re good at something or not, 45 minutes of creativity reduces stress.

By sitting down and designing a card, you can take your mind off everything else in your life. It allows you to zone out and focus on doing one thing rather than multitasking. You can even make several postcards every day if you have the time.

You Might Receive One Back

There’s plenty of joy that comes with receiving a postcard in the mail. For one, a postcard is often unexpected. It’s also completely different than any other gesture these days.

However, if you send someone a postcard, there’s a good chance that they might send one back to you eventually. As a result, both of you end up benefiting from something that started as a simple, kind-hearted gesture.

You may even decide that exchanging postcards is something you want to do on the regular basis. As the years go by, you can build up a collection of memories.

It Looks Great On the Wall

The reality is that postcards are the gift that keeps giving. Every word on the back of the card matters, as you can only fit so many. But, for most people, the real appeal of any postcard is what’s on the front.

There are several ways people can react to your postcard. If you send a card with a picture of yourself to your family members, they may frame it. If you send a card of a landscape to your friend, they may put it on the wall.

Either way, a postcard can decorate any room.

It’s the Perfect Way to Thank Someone

Is there anyone in your life that deserves a big thank you? Maybe they helped you recently, or maybe you’re appreciative of everything they’ve done for you.

Regardless of the reason for thanking them, it’s important to let them know how you feel. However, in most cases, the typical thank you email won’t cut it. You need something a lot more personal to get your message across.

If you live far away from someone, there’s no better way to thank them than by writing postcards. The right design and personal message can go a long way.

What to Consider Before You Send a Postcard

When choosing the right postcard, consider what the recipient likes. If you know them well, it shouldn’t be hard to find a design that suits their tastes.

Try to pick a color scheme that fit the occasion as well. Of course, you can always break this rule if you feel other colors are a better fit.

Start with a friendly greeting when writing your message on the back of the card. Also, keep your personal message on the left side, as the right section is strictly for the recipient’s address.

If you’re ready o writing postcards for any occasion, start designing your own!

Author

Hey, I’m Theresa! My motto? Try everything once! Traveling, taking pictures, working on DIY projects - I’m always up to something. In between I write down my tips and tricks on this blog - and capture all my crazy adventures on postcards of course!

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