When is the last time you have hand-written a letter?

United States
January 25, 2007 4:21am CST
C'mon now, does anyone do this? I don't because my handwriting isn't that good. When writing anything a keyboard is better. What you are writing and composing using a keyboard flows, better, at least for me.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
25 Jan 07
my boyfriend lives in another country. we do chat, text and email each other everyday. but still, i find sending him handwritten mails more personal and i make him extra happy whenever he receives my handwritten mails. it takes too long before it gets to him. but the thought and the effort i had put on writing that letter, he really appreciates. my boyfriend does not have a very good penmanship, but he finds time to write to me. which makes me feel more special. the last time i wrote a letter to him was last week. i usually send him handwritten mails atleast once a week.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
I agree with you that handwritten letters are a lot more personal than a typed letter especially to a boy or girlfriend. It must be hard to have so much distance between you two.
@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
I totaly agree that hand written letters are more personal. It's been a while since I last wrote or received a hand written letter. The only thing that I get these days seem to be bills. I enjoy reading hand written letters more so than typed ones. The computer is my main writing tool now-a-days because of the easy access to spelling and grammar check. My hand writing style has suffered because of this to the point I can't recognize a few of the words when reviewing due to messy writing. I have to practice it all over again. It's like going back to grade school ESL. How embarrassing. lol
• United States
29 Jan 07
I remember those days in Elementary School, when penmanship was part of the curriculum and inkwells were on every desk. It seems like a lost art today. I admire you for hand writing letters to your boyfriend.
@imrajesh (1968)
• India
25 Jan 07
i have written letter last when i had a headache and i had to leave the college that day. it was around 1 month back and i wrote letter to the principal and then i got leave. we have to write letters often coz i m in a college and there every process which goes to the chairpersons of the college then it has to be by letters.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
I can see where this is especially important.
@mishang (499)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
i still do hand-written letter upto now. it just give some personal touch that's why i still do it. i write things from my daiy schedules, to writing at my diary, writing personal letters and note for my special ones, but when it comes to formal matters, i prefer doing things at the computer so that it is more presentable to submit or to pass forward. it is also of course more easy to do and more universal to accept.
• United States
25 Jan 07
I agree that writing by hand is a good thing to do. I learned typing in High School, so it is easy for me to type. Typing is good for business use.
• United States
25 Jan 07
the last hand-written letter i wrote was back in October...i sent a short letter along with a card to my mother for her birthday. just like you i have bad handwriting and wasnt sure if she'd even be able to read it! lol to me typing is much faster, neater, cleaner and always legible!
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• United States
25 Jan 07
Birthday cards, Holiday cards, are usually hand written and more personal. It's always nice to receive a hand written letter.
25 Jan 07
I wrote some Christmas Cards and sent a letter with one of them, but I don't know whether that counts, I get a lot more said on the keyboard though. :D
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• United States
25 Jan 07
Yes I think if I were writing to a friend I would use long hand. For other forms of writing, such as a story I like the keyboard too.
@badpenny (741)
• Seagoville, Texas
25 Jan 07
I actually write at least one letter once a week. My son is incarcerated, and that's the only way to communicate with him. I have considered getting him a pen pal or two, so he won't feel so lonely in there.
• United States
25 Jan 07
You are a good mother to write your son, I hope he enjoys them.
@brihanna (381)
• United States
25 Jan 07
One of my New Year's resolutions was to write a letter a week. I love the lost art of letter writing. Although I am better at using a keyboard, there is something to be said for actually sitting down with pen in hand. I have really nice stationary, and sealing wax, and a beautiful pen. I love to recieve letters in the mail, so for me it is like doing a nice thing for a person.
• United States
29 Jan 07
I wish I could do that, it sounds nice and thoughtful.
25 Jan 07
I write all my letters by hand. To me a computer or typed letter is too impersonal. I write everything out by hand, even my poems. I find long hand lets my creativity flow. I will then polish it up on the computer. But whatever I mail, is longhand. It shows that you took the time and energy to add that personal touch. A typed letter is too cold, too business like.
• United States
25 Jan 07
I think that is great, especially for a poet.When we read a poem in a book of poems, though, the poem is printed. I wonder if any writers or poets especially use the keyboard to do their work.
@Boer84 (102)
• United States
25 Jan 07
The last time I received a hand written letter was around January of 2006 when I was stationed in Iraq. Some from my parents, girlfriend, and some families that was sponsoring me. (to sponsor a soldier or marine in Iraq go to anymarine.com or anysoldier.com. Write letters or send care packages) My handwriting is good, atleast that is what I am told, but if I start to rush it starts turning into chicken-scratch. So I always try to slow down, plus if I write too fast I will make a lot of spelling errors, which theyn I have to scratch out or white out someway or the letter will not look too nice. A hand written letter shows you that somebody put a effort forward to write you, so it is a lot nicer recieving handwritten slow mail rather than cheap fast e-mail. But letters on the computer does have its advantages which including spell check, neatness, and instant delivery. I prefer to send e-mails though because of that and the fact that they are cheaper, but for those people I know does not have e-mail, or never checks it, I send slow mail.
• United States
25 Jan 07
If I were writing a letter to a soldier in Iraq, I think I would send a written letter,that the person could hold and put in his or her pocket. Emails are ok, but letters written in a friends hands is more special.
@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
29 Jan 07
Some of my elderly friends prefer to receive hand written letters rather than emails. They say it is more valuable than any printed messages. Other than that, I don't want my memory of how to write the strokes and slashes of Chinese words be faded away completely. For years I have been using computer to process most of my documents. So I seldom use pen to write anything. I almost forgot how to write some of the complicated Chinese words. Therefore now I start writing letters to my elderly friends in pen and ink.
@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
29 Jan 07
Some of my freinds perfer to see the handwriting in a letter. They say it's valuable than an email or printed message. So now when I have time, especially before special festivals, I write them letters with pen.
@angel06 (63)
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
The last time I wrote a letter was a few hours ago. We had to write a letter to God for my Theology class. I rarely write letters anymore because typing is faster and easier.