Quick Handwritten Notes

Posted: 20th July 2010 by Mike Swickey in ArchivedSite

What great advice it was when an old boss of mine told me years ago how important it was to write lots of handwritten notes; thank-you and congratulatory notes, birthday cards, or just a note to say hello. I invested in some small personal notecards from a stationer and have taken his advice for years. It only takes a minute and handwritten notes are appreciated, as so few are written anymore. I get great satisfaction from taking a few minutes and writing to friends and colleagues as those before us did – with pen and paper.

I have posted a picture of what one of my current notecards look like. (You can always click on any of my pictures to zoom-in.) You might laugh when I tell you where they came from. Cranes? William Arthur? No, far from it…these came from discount catalog supplier Walter Drake. A set of 50 folded notecards, sized 5 3/8 x 4 1/8″ are $7.99. 100% cotton? Archival quality? Well, no, but many people have complimented me on my, “nice stationery.” Honestly, I recommend these for those who want to give it a try before committing to nice (and expensive) notecards, like those from Crane & Co. I use these Drake cards on many occasions and find them satisfying for most all my needs.

It was great advice when it was given to me and I find it still can make a big impression. With the prices I just quoted above from the Drake catalog, expense really isn’t an issue. You can even get started with blank cards from the office supply store. I can guarantee you this, If you decide to take the plunge and drop a few notes, you’ll get a good feeling just from participating in an activity almost as old as the ages.