Here’s the sitch: my old high school friend (and talented artist) Dave DeRosa posted a rant on his Facebook this week about how much time he spends on social media. Using a calculator, he crunched some numbers and – much to his dismay – it’s a solid chunk of hours each week.
From his Facebook post: “I’m quitting social media. I’m done with TV. I’m unsyncing my phone. I quite frankly have better things to do with my time.”
Now, I’m not as extreme as Dave since I have found my balance between life and cyberlife that I enjoy. He does, though, have a solid point about reconnecting with folks via alternative means. Since he’s bailing on the primary form of electronic communication right now (Facebook) I decided to send him a postcard.
No… seriously. A postcard. I got up, walked to my local pharmacy down the road and coughed up $1.07 for two postcards featuring my current home: Vero Beach, Florida. Then I wrote one out and I’ll drop it in the mail so we can begin corresponding the way we did in the Age of Analog: pens and paper.
Thing is, now I have an extra blank postcard since it was a two for one deal. That got me thinking.
How much fun would it be to get postcards from other folks and send them postcards, too? I mean, I *do* travel a lot and I have ample opportunity to pick up random postcards from a variety of places – so why not send them to people as a way to force them, too, to use a pen?
So here’s the deal:
1. Send me a postcard.
My address is:
Tom Croom c/o Green Mustard Entertainment
PO Box 644437
Vero Beach, FL 32964
Tell he how your day is. Say hi. Whatever floats your boat… just write something! Be creative! Be sure to include your return address, though, so I can write you back.
2. I will reply to your postcard with another postcard!
This is the fun part. I don’t know where the postcard will come from, but it will be interesting somehow. Next weekend I’m in Cape Canaveral. Next week I’m in Orlando for work. Next year I’ll be in Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and a bunch of other cities where I can buy cheesy postcards from.
So grab a pen and write some words, peoples. I love getting mail that isn’t electronic from time to time and this seems like just the sort of wacky project to make for an interesting diversion from time to time.
If this works, I may event post photos of the postcards I get/send and create whole nerdy online gallery for this stuff. Who knows?