In a world of keyboards, handwriting is becoming less and less a priority. No surprise then that Moleskine, makers of notebooks that require you to actually write in them, have started National Handwriting Day. Picking no less a date than John Hancock’s own birthday, National Handwriting Day seeks to celebrate the finger-figured word in all it’s swooping smudged glory.
How does one celebrate this occasion, you ask? No need to bake calligraphy cakes or don fountain pen-shaped hats (unless you already own a fountain pen-shaped hat, in which case, don’t wait for a holiday to wear such a wondrous thing!). No, all you have to do is handwrite a Tweet, a Facebook post, a G+ statement, an Instagram pic, what have you. Just a little something to remind your friends and followers that writing need no be typed, even in the 21st century.
Everything with a #HandwritingDay or a #mHDay hashtag will be put in a real-time online gallery at Moleskine.com. You could also win a box of Moleskine goodies if your post gets the most votes on the site.
We’ve got a gallery of some of the more famous contributors from National Handwriting Days past, should you required inspiration. And who knows? You may be so taken with handwriting your Tweets, you may end up giving Alton Brown’s doodle-loving heart run for his money!