One of my favorite things about freelancing on the side is that I get to explore unique ideas, learn about cool, new developments I would never have learned about otherwise, and most importantly, interview some amazingly talented and creative people. Without giving too much away, an upcoming article I’ve written focuses on the comeback of the postcard. That’s right . . . the postcard. Stop and ask yourself – when was the last time you sent a postcard?
Many of you reading this blog live far from friends and loved ones, particularly if you are in the same line of work that we are. Most of us are good at posting updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and multiple other social media sites that have come to dominate our time (and our lives)! But the problem with capturing all of these wonderful digital images and sharing them online is that you – and your family and friends – probably only take a look at them once or twice. Soon they get filed away in timelines, newsfeeds, and inboxes and likely never resurface; like lost treasures buried deep in our digital worlds.
So, how can we keep that from happening? How do we bring back good old-fashioned photos that can be displayed on your walls and your refrigerator? Well, there are a few options:
1. Send off some of those digital images to be printed, or print them yourself;
2. Make a photo book online that can be printed and turned into a coffee table book; or
3. Start sending high tech postcards.
And may I recommend the third? There are some really cool apps nowadays that allow you to take a picture with your mobile phone, drop it into a postcard template, personalize the postcard with a written message, doll it up with a few bells and whistles – and the best part – the app will send a physical postcard for you. So hip, so easy, so cool. I’ve given all of these services a try lately and you should, too. It is a great way to put a smile on the face of your loved ones. Nothing beats getting old-fashioned mail. Likewise, nothing beats seeing printed pictures that can be enjoyed over and over again.
Get creative with your photos, share your lives with your loved ones, and send a good old-fashioned postcard the high tech way. You’ll feel better for it.