According to NPR (National Public Radio) Americans buy and send about 6.5 billion greeting cards every year. Among those the most popular are for Christmas and birthdays. Most of these cards are still the paper kind that people buy in a store and send through the post office. However a strong competing e-card industry has developed to make the process easier and faster.
Most people however seem to think that a real paper card signed in ink by the sender is more genuine, or in some way more meaningful. Ironically, according to a NPR article, older Americans favor e-cards more than younger people. Millennials seem to be favoring paper cards.
So is it possible to have the best of both worlds, combining quick and convenient internet technology with the paper greeting card? At least one company is doing just that. At www.blowbirthaycards.com you can order a birthday card on line, add your personally written message and signature and they will send it by post anywhere in the US. You do need a smart phone to do this. You write your message on a blank piece of paper including your signature, take a photo of the message and text it to Blowbirthdaycards. They then imprint your handwritten message and signature onto the card and send it for you.
They have a large selection of cards to choose from – rivalling what you will find in most stores. It takes some time to select your card (so many choices) and then send them the message. It takes less time however than it would take to go to a store, find a card, buy it, write in it, address an envelope, take it to the post office, etc.
I sent one card so far at the time of this writing using Blowbirthdaycards.com. It has not as yet arrived, when it does I will let you know how it worked out. The process is relatively easy. They explain it pretty well at their site. You do have to make sure that you leave space on your written message for whatever message is printed on the card in advance… I did not see that mentioned on the site and learned about it from doing it.
The variety of cards to choose from is excellent and for people wanting to save a bit of time this works well. If you find yourself having put off the task of sending a card this last-minute service may save you. You can tell them the date you want it delivered and not worry further. The site also lets you save cards to reuse them and create reminders to tell you when to send them.
If you would like to send a personalized paper birthday card and save some time this is a clever way to do so. It cleverly combines the best of both worlds: digital and paper. I will report back here in a few weeks with the final results on cards I send this way… but you need not wait for me, check the site out for yourself.
Check it out: https://www.blowbirthdaycards.com/
I will post again later on how it all turned out.Wishing you well,
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.