Today is National Handwriting Day, and those of us who are pen, pencil, ink and paper geeks have a great opportunity (excuse – cough, cough) to trot out our stockpiled treasures to engage in some life-giving writing. For some of us, everyday is a handwriting day, but today we are proud analog writers. No hiding our pens and notebooks in our pockets. No shame that we write (instead of type) our to-do list. Not today! Today we proudly take meeting notes with a fountain pen, declaring above the clack-clack of others’ keyboards that today is a day to write with our hands. It’s a national observance for crying out loud!
So, lift up your Blackwings! Wave your Field Notes! Today, we, the patriots, write!
Supporting National Handwriting Day, I heard this week from the good folks at Inkly. Inkly is the company behind the nifty Inkly Cards app that sits at the intersection of low-tech analog handwriting and high-tech digital communication. Inkly Cards allows you to digitize your own hand written message to send in a custom card or postcard.
The process is quite simple: download to Inkly Cards app to your smartphone or tablet, select a card design, write your message on a blank piece of paper, and take a picture of your message with the Inkly Cards app. Your handwritten message is digitized and included in the card. Your card is then mailed directly to the recipient.
I created my first Inkly Card today. It was easy and fun. I especially enjoyed the selection of custom photo cards. I selected a card that let me add my own photos along with my own handwriting.
Inkly offers a unique spin in the custom card space. Prices run £2.99 plus postage for a greeting card and £0.99 plus postage for a postcard. Total cost for my card, before a generous discount code, was £3.98.
I’m eager to see the quality of the finished product and the time it takes to arrive. I’ll update you awesome ones when my wife receives her surprise Valentine’s Card.