Writing a blog is a reward unto itself: searching out things to write about and hearing from RLD readers are two of my favorite parts of the blogging process. You guys share all sorts of things with me, both online and on postcards: hilarious postal anecdotes, clueing me in to something mail art-ish I should know about, showing your incredible mail/art skills and talents. I am one lucky girl!
In January, I often find myself thinking about the recently passed year, as well as the year coming up. What kinds of art/correspondence projects will I tackle in 2013? (I’ve got a few ideas.) Was I happy to say goodbye to 2012? (in some ways yes, in some ways no.) How can I make this an even better year, postally AND personally? (I’ve got some ideas there too.) Taking stock helps me remember what I should prioritize, what I can learn from, and what I can leave behind.
That’s why I’d like to take a paragraph (or two!) to thank YOU, fabulous RLD readers! As mentioned above, a blog is fun to write but it’s only as much fun as the readers who are along for the ride. The input, perspective, and advice that each of you offers up keeps the RLD “car” moving, so to speak.
To that end, I want to give a special shout out to the RLD “Fab Five”! These are the top five “comment kids” on the blog for 2012 and I’ve got a little surprise for those five folks. Can I have the envelope please? (insert sound of ripping paper here…) And they are:
- –Angie P. (Miss Rose)
- –Maureen F. (happenstance)
- –Dorothy Y. (dot’s rainbow)
- –Andria (drawing near)
- –Pamela G. (cappuccino & art journal)
Each parcel consists of a smattering of fun items to help you with the coming year’s correspondence: a handful of enticing envelopes, an ephemera assortment of old and new bits, and a hand bound soft cover journal to keep track of your correspondents. Put it all together in an airmail themed zipper pouch, and there you go! (if your name is listed above, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your snail mail address.)
And I have another little “thank you” for the first 15 folks who leave a comment below telling me their favorite RLD blog post of 2012! (sorry! The folks listed above aren’t eligible for this one…) I love writing about the mail art shenanigans and postal high jinks that make you guys happy; tell me about the write ups you’ve enjoyed and 2013 will be filled with more of the same.
(edit, 10:55pm: guess what gang? All presents have been spoken for! But you’re of course welcome to keep the discussion rolling below, if you’d like…)
All in all, I can promise that 2013 is going to be a bumper crop year: correspondence and creativity are going to abound, both in person and via the mailbox. I’m looking forward to swapping more stories, sending a mountain of mail and keeping in touch with RLD friends near and far.
You guys are the best!
Postally yours –