I don’t mean writing notes to yourself, or writing as in “writing a blog post” like I’m doing right now. The thing about writing is that we do so little of it these days. A lot of people that I’ve spoken to recently can’t remember how to write in cursive. They’re so used to typing and building diagrams in Excel that the idea of using a pencil or a pen for anything other than a technology-banned exam seems simply inefficient.

That’s why I still like to write (with a pencil or a pen).

There’s just something so much more personal about getting a handwritten note. It means that somebody put the time and effort into it, as opposed to simply sending an email or a text. It’s like “here, I love you and I made time for you!” So if I’ve ever given you a handwritten note, I love you and I made time for you!

However, as with anything, there are exceptions…

Exceptions to the Rule:

1. Urgent matters.

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We have evolved past snail mail for tasks that have a deadline.

2. Anything that costs more than $3 to mail.

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#brokecollegestudentproblems

3. Thank you notes for job interviews.

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Your note will be late compared to everybody else’s email. Also, the norm is to send an email.

4. Anything to somebody who doesn’t like you.

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That’s just awkward.

Who are you writing to?


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