Love Letters to Strangers


When’s the last time you hand wrote a letter to someone? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Not for Hannah Brencher. Her mother used to write her letters in college and after graduation, Hannah slipped into the depths of depression.  To help ease her pain, Hannah then started writing love notes and leaving them around New York for strangers to find.

Her words of kindness quickly caught fire in the hearts of others and the act has now become a worldwide program, The World Needs More Love Letters, which will rush handwritten letters to those in need of a pick me up.

And why not just email? In this digital age, everything we write is transcribed electronically. Wouldn’t it just be more efficient to do it through the web? Maybe, but it doesn’t posses the same magic, personality, and love as the handwritten word.

In this quick and uplifting TED talk, Hannah tells us her story. As writers, this project is a strong testimony to the power of words-kind words, to be exact-and how as writers we can help change the course of someone’s day in a positive way.

If you haven’t handwritten a letter in a while (I know it’s been a minute for me), maybe take the time to sit down and join Hannah on this mission. I know I’m on board. It may feel a little strange at first, but as soon as you sign your name at the bottom of the letter, you may feel a little better, too; after all, we could all use a boost every now and then sometimes kindness towards others is the most rewarding, satisfying way to get it.

Place Pins


Good news for all those Pinners out there, Pinterest has recently come out with a nifty new application that will make planning your bucket list and next vacation much easier. According to The Pinterest Blog, every day people Pin about 1.5 million places, and now there are more than 750 million Pins of these destinations on Pinterest. With this in mind, the creators of Pinterest came up with Place Pins to inspire Pinners to turn those travel dreams into reality.

Place Pins is an application designed to combine the mind-blowing images of a travel magazine with the utility of an online map. Place Pins is also accessible on iPhones and Androids, which means you can find new places on the go and even get directions straight to your phone as you travel.

For more information on Place Pins: The Pinterest Blog

Anti-Social Networks

In WRA 415, Digital Rhetoric, we discussed what it meant to be social. Is socializing the direct verbal communication between individuals? Is it the action of participating in tasks to facilitate socialization, such as reading a certain book or watching a popular TV show? Or is it something else entirely? On that note, what are we to make of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest that were created to enable communications between people all over the world? Are they really helping us socialize or are they killing it? Check out this video and decide for yourself.

Covering an Event via Social Media

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Today there are myriad social media platforms to tend to. We have our Instagrams to post our lunches on, our Twitters to inform everyone in 140 characters or less what we’re doing at 2:30PM on a Sunday (drinking coffee, #typical), our Facebook to post our latest selfie or video; it can be exhausting.

While keeping up with our personal online presence is already pretty involved, for some people it’s their job to maintain their company’s, too. Sometimes this means covering an event, which can be pretty daunting. So, how does one do it? Ed2010 writer Elizabeth Lilly gives us the lowdown in this article.