Wednesday, October 15, 2014

4 years of blogging

I've been blogging for over four years now! September 18, 2010 was my very first post on the old blog.

I've thought a lot about my history of mail art and my future.

I have sent letters since 2nd grade to my oldest friend, Amanda, who moved to another school.  I wrote letters to friends and sometimes decorated the envelope with drawings when I lived in France for a semester. I had another regular penpal start up during college.

It wasn't until my lonely year living in Wisconsin where I knew no one but my parents that I really started with mail art. I got involved in Swap-bot. It was through Swap-bot that I received my first handmade envelope. That was an eye-opener.

I go through periods of low productivity and creativity in terms of blogging and in terms of mail, but I really really enjoy both things. In four years at Winnie's Girl and Pie Post I have a little over 400 posts, a pretty good rate.

I am right now going through another period of low productivity because my work load has been tripled. I am teaching 3 classes as well as tutoring outside of the university, so I'm busier than ever before. I'm still doing a little, but penpals- that's why you haven't heard from me lately.

I'm not worried about periods like this because I know they will pass.  I love that I've started quite early and that I have a whole life ahead of me of mail art. I think about things I've learned and explored in four years - fountain pens and ink, pie making, artistamps, rubber stamp carving, postage stamp collecting. What will the future hold?

What does the immediate future hold?

A giveaway!

In the past I've been pretty terrible about giveaways, not sending the packages out until a long long time after the giveaway winners were announced, mostly because I hadn't already made the packages. This time I planned ahead!!! I have made several packages before hand, so that all I need to do is address and stamp them!

There are 4 packages for my 4 years of blogging, each one themed around a different color: red, blue, green, and yellow.  Comment on this post and make sure to list from 1 to 4 the order of the color you would prefer. I will allow only one international winner because of postage costs. So if you are international, feel free to enter, you just have some smaller odds of winning.

Giveaway will close on October 23rd!


  1. 2.yellow 3. blue 4 . green and what a nice thing for you to do dear take care .

  2. Congratulations! I'm a year behind you but it sure seems longer. :)

    My order is red, yellow, blue, green. Excluding international pen friends because of costs is hard, I know. I had to do the same with my giveaway.

    Are you walking away from Winnie's Girl? I hope not.

    About work and all that? Congratulations on being able to do what you love. :)

    Good luck with your contest!

    1. Hi Limner, I don't post on Winnie's Girl anymore, but I will continue to post here at Pie Post. Just going through a bit of a slump. :)
      Thanks for entering the contest!

  3. I'm international, just so that you know :)
    I also know these times where you don't have a lot of time on hand - I'm currently also going through a phase of short letters due to having a newborn at home. But I like to keep in touch at least with short letters with my penpals and try to squeeze the time to write a letter into the day whenever possible. I think anyone who has been writing letters for some time has come across these days.
    As for my order, it's green, blue, yellow red. Take care!

  4. Blue, green, red yellow!
    Have had a great month with the mail art.

  5. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! I just celebrated my 4th on Sept. 27th as well! Fun to think that we were both thinking of starting a letter writing blog at about the same time! I have throughly enjoyed your blog...thank you for your inspiration!

    1. yellow 2. blue 3. green 4. red Thanks!!!!!