I’ve often longed for the old, old days, for the time when business, both personal and professional, was conducted primarily through correspondence. It’s not just because I’m shy and I have an irrational fear of talking to people I don’t know well. It’s not just because I have the tendency to be a homebody. No. I’ve longed for the use of the written word because writing allows me to think before I speak. It allows me to edit out my mistakes (if I would just take the time to proofread). It allows me to organize my thoughts in a more coherent way than when I am speaking extemporaneously.
Another little booklet I found at last weekend’s library sale had the most charming illustrations. And it was all about the topic of writing letters to others and making one’s writing interesting and conversational in tone. In examining the cute pink pamphlet, it occurred to me that blogging and letter writing are very similar. In fact, maybe blogging, which allows for a correspondence to develop through the comments, is the new letter writing.
Here’s the cover of the pamphlet. I couldn’t resist the adorable illustrations.
When I blog, I might tell you about what I did with my family or what I made for dinner.
When I blog, I might tell you about my dream of living in a little house on the prairie.
When I blog, I might tell you about my adventures with books, manuscripts, and ephemera.
When I blog, I drink a cup of tea and I imagine you, dear reader, sitting here enjoying a cup of tea with me while we talk about our mutual love of books.
See you in the stacks!