Punkpost: A Phone App That Brings The Charm of Letter Writing Back Through Modern-Day Technology
About 8 months ago, I got a letter in the mail. Written in hand calligraphy on the envelope was a return address from my best friend and in the top right-hand corner was a stamp with a little rose on it.
I thought she wrote the letter herself ( I was a little surprised because she's one of those thriving-busy bees who doesn't necessarily craft letters in her free time... As most of us don't.)
I called her and thanked her for the card. And then she told me her secret.
"I didn't actually write it," she said. "My co-worker told me about this new company called Punkpost, where they send handwritten letters for $6, stamps, paper, everything included. The first one you send is free, so I wanted to send it to you. Also, you can pick a delivery date so if you want it to arrive on someone's birthday or something, it will."
I might have acted like a 12-year-old girl, letting out a giant squeal out of excitement. Actually, my words my have been more along the lines of "No (ducking) way. That's so (ducking) cool. I'm gonna go send one right now."
I love hand-written letters. I love the romantic and old-fashioned notion of taking the time to sit down and write someone words of appreciation, or sympathy or congratulations, etc.
But do I ever do it? No. I have the attention span of a fruit fly and honestly, the free time that I do have is usually spent watching HBO GO. Don't shake your head at me folks, I know you have your secret hobbies.
Anyway, I started sending Punkpost letters a lot. I sent one to my good friend, Ana, after a loved one passed away. The front of the card said "You foxy freak of nature" in gold cursive. I thought it was appropriate.
I sent one to my friend from California, George, after he got into a motorcycle accident. His card said, "This sh*t is bananas," and had a bunch of bananas on it.
I sent my dad one on his birthday. It came with an Elvis stamp in the corner and was written in cool, block lettering. Oh, and the front of the card said "Rad Dad."
I won't bore you by sharing all of the cards I've sent, but my favorite one was to my sister. On the front of her card was a giant cucumber that said, "You're a cute cumber." Ha....hahahaha, get it?
Anyway, every card is unique, and they have different scriptists and artists who design the cards and do the writing. It even tells you who designed it after the letter's been sent, and you can rate it so that they can cater to your style in the future. I love when they come out with new designs to pick from for the month or for a holiday or something.
I sent so many cards that at the beginning of the new year, they sent me a thank you card for using their service. It was full of purple confetti. I freaked out in a good way when I opened it, and then got pissed because I had to vacuum the floor. But it was completely worth it and made my day. (It's still pinned to my bulletin board.)
Happy typing to you, friends.