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 towriteletters - (thebipolarcat)
08:05pm 01/01/2009
2008 was an awesome year.

Letters of Love started on Valentine's Day 2008, as a small LiveJournal community. Shortly after that we created a MySpace account, hoping to reach out to more people.

It quickly became clear that we needed something more, a central place for everyone to gather. The official Letters of Love website was launched in April 2008. With the birth of lettersoflove.net came Scars Can Speak, the official blog of Letters of Love for people of all ages to share their experiences with depression, self-injury, and addiction.

By the summer, Letters of Love was growing steadily. I had more pen pals than I could count, and my pen pals had pen pals. We were doing several chain letters. I did a radio show for Rising Above Radio and talked about Letters of Love.

We started Tweeting with new and old friends on Twitter. Just before Thanksgiving our MySpace won best link of the day on OpenZap.com. On the same day, we found out that we were added to MySpace's Impact Directory.

By December 2008, we had run several contests and were busy promoting our Greeting Card Challenge. We were awarded the Message in a Bottle Award by Wendy of passionforletters.com. We also created a group on Facebook and a Tumblr page.

Since February 14th 2008, we've formed lasting friendships. I've had the opportunity to share my story and to hear others' stories. I've watched an idea grow into a community -- a family. We've accomplished a lot in less than a year, but we have a long way to go. We have more people to reach out to, more people to exchange letters with. We need to promote more awareness of depression, self-injury and addiction. We have a lot of work to do.

Thank you for being a part of this, for helping us achieve these accomplishments.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some letters to write. (:
mood: accomplished
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