It’s after Thanksgiving and time for all of us of American distraction to write our annual Christmas letters. The art of balancing between bragging and whining and pitching a missive at people you a)only talk to once per year AND b) those you keep up with regularly is a dying art.
After deciding that this Christmas we were going to limit our spending and try to reduce our impact on the planet, I thought of the $100 plus I spent last year on cards, ink and postage alone. And all I could really do is fill an A4 sheet with some 11-point font and a few photos.
So this year, I spent a few dollars on a domain name and have set up a password-protected WordPress site for friends and family.
In that site, I’m going to be able to post video, embed Google maps, create galleries of Flickr photos with a click and allow my family and friends to contribute via text or video comments. If they’re keen enough, I can even make them contributors and give ’em their own section of the site.
To my mind, this beats the hell out of a double sided A4 sheet shoved in a card. Plus, next year I can write as things happen — so I don’t have to rack my brain over what we were up to.
All of them are relatively light internet users, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to seduce a few over to the dark side with this.
Your suggestions on plug-ins and/or fun content much appreciated.