Heads up

Once again, just 2 days away from posting this years list of participants, we’re taking a couple of minutes to stick our heads up from all the data sheets, calendars, text blocking, postal addressing standards and documents to let give everyone a bit of a heads up about what’s going on.

Needless to say, we’ve been faithfully collecting and processing every one of the contacts submitted and re-submitted to the join in page along with all those who have been thoughtful enough to submit their updates and corrections (much appreciated by all).

stage-curtain

We’ve been acutely aware of how little has been published up front over the past two weeks, and we dearly wish it was otherwise as you’d think there wasn’t much happening.

Meanwhile backstage, it looks like the additions, corrections and general mayhem is going to continue right to down to the wire.

As of today, we are estimating a little over fifteen-hundred participants for incowrimo-2019. And again, if past years have been any indication, this number may rise substantially over the next couple of weeks.

Visits have been streaming in from all over the world and a substantial number have evidently signed up. This is a good thing all in all, but  you might want to start thinking about how you want to choose who to write. There are plenty of methods and contrary to popular belief ..the one that works best for you is ideal!

Many people continue to write throughout the year and there is nothing stopping you from writing more than one letter during the course of the day. The only goal is to have a letter postmarked every day between February first and the twenty-eighth. (getting it into a letterbox counts)

Which brings us to a little comment that needs to be brought forward every year.  Please keep in mind that incowrimo-2019 is not a project for submitting your name in order to receive mail!    Quite simply — the numbers are against it!

This is a project where each person sets out to send a handwritten piece of correspondence (a card, note, letter, monologue, commentary, poem, story …) each day for the twenty-eight days of February.

The important parts being international, correspondence, writing, month. Otherwise known to many of the early correspondents as inky-rhino for short.

Keeping this in mind will help reduce the disappointment that comes from signing up with the assumption that twenty-eight people are certain to send you a letter.

That being said. If you managed (as most veteran correspondents do) to avoid sending appeals, diatribes, sermons, general hot air and unpleasant opinion; at some point there’s a very good chance you’re going to receive a wonderful reply from the person you wrote.

Writing back is apt to start an ongoing correspondence that many previous participants have found to extend throughout the year and beyond. Some of us have developed great friendships that, believe it or not, are now approaching half a decade.

Once the ball’s rolling, you’ll quickly understand why people have been returning year after year.

A number of people have expressed worry that with no movement on the site, they’ve missed the boat. Be assured if you signed up last year and asked for your name to be added to this years list or just submitted, updated or corrected an address; we have it.

All addresses will be posted alphabetically this Friday, January 18, on our address book page in order that you can find yours and start choosing the 28 people you’d like to write.

The join in page will stay open until the 31st of January and the updates and corrections will remain open and attended to throughout the year.

Thanks and best wishes to all.

12 Comments

  1. Kristi says:

    I don’t formally sign up. It is a good time to write to friends that I have been out of touch with for awhile, send letters of appreciation that I have been thinking about but haven’t gotten around to doing. I have had friends write back to me and several have taken up the challenge. People love getting handwritten mail!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bridget says:

    Is there a sign up link to be added to the list please?

    Like

    • Thanks for the heads up :D it appears something happened to our formatting overnite, but hopefully it is now fixed. The join in and updates and corrections pages are always available by clicking on the respective links on the main page.

      Like

  3. Diana Vredeveld says:

    Hi there! Is there a way to post a short Bio to give other writers an idea of who I am?

    Like

  4. I can only imagine how much work you put into this… I just wish I was in a position to help!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Fantastic post and well done! Really looking forward to 2019!

    Like

  6. patlandon5 says:

    Bravo….already chosen my 28….and you makes 29.My mailbox is always open…I only ask anyone who writes, mention this event somewhere on the letter or envelope as I belong to many different writing groups.Thanks again to all who worked so diligently♥

    Like

  7. Toni Wells says:

    Loved Incowrimo last year. I sent out my 28 letters and was delighted to receive 10 back 💙
    A couple of weeks ago I was surprised to receive a Christmas card from a continuing correspondent. Made my whole day a happy a happy one.
    I can’t postmark a letter each day as my PO is 100km away but I did write a letter a day for February.
    Huge thanks for setting this up.
    I had such fun last year. Bring on February 1st. I’m thinking of creating 28 arty envelopes to put my letters in.
    Cheers,
    Toni

    Liked by 2 people

  8. I’ve been a bit haphazard on my commitment in the past, but I feel settled and ready this year. I’m ready to go!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: