It's been three months since I started keeping my stats now on incoming and outgoing letters. I'm not big on posting those stats on my blog, but suffice to say that production has increased hugely over this time and I am getting good mail pretty regularly these days.
My current aim is to write enough letters that I receive good mail every single day of the week. Won't that be something? :-)
As I was looking through my lists, I realised there was a significant number of people I have written to that I haven't heard back from. Some are people who are just taking their time, and this is absolutely fine by me. Letters arrive when they're meant to and I would never give anyone a hard time for taking time to write back.
But some of those, I have to accept, are people who are just not interested in having a correspondence relationship with me. That's ok, too. I totally get it, but what I find interesting is the ratio between the number of letters written and the number written back. There seems to be a significant drop-off rate.
Ok, out of curiosity I just made up a spreadsheet to help me look at this. I have written letters to about 53 individuals over the past three months (this doesn't include postcrossing or letters in the last week). Some of these 53 people have received two or three letters as we regular correspond.
But out of the 53 there are 23 who haven't yet replied. It doesn't mean they won't - I've had a few messages from friends apologising for not writing back yet (it's fine!). But it is still an interesting figure. It gives me an idea of how many letters I have to write to 'fish', if you, like for pen pals.
I've said it before but I'll say it again - I don't write letters to get letters back. I write letters cause I write letters (always have, always will) but it is a nice thing to get good mail, and it's a fabulous thing to get into a rhythm of back-and-forth correspondence with others who enjoy letter-writing just as much as I do. I love that.
This ratio of 53:23 is much higher than I would have guessed but I think it will improve over time, as my regular correspondents increase and my 'first' letters drop off. But, nevertheless, it really shows me that if you want to receive letters you've not only gotta write them - you've gotta write LOTS of them!
Love from Kaz
PS Elle, I got your fab postcard yesterday - thank-you! I asked a guy at work to guess where he thought it was from, by the pic, and he said tropical Queensland. I probably would have said NZ - the water is so gorgeous.