How Do You Keep In Touch?

Photo by Agustín Ruiz from Mendoza, Argentina.
Photo by Agustín Ruiz from Mendoza, Argentina.

I’ll admit it – I’m not that good at keeping in touch.

Losing track of what friends and relatives are up to these days isn’t something I do on purpose. It’s always nice to hear about the new babies, spouses, jobs, and creative projects in their lives, not to mention the more mundane stuff like forwarding a funny video to  so-and-so because I think he or she will like it.

But life happens. A week becomes a month, a month becomes a year. There are so many other things to accomplish in a day that sustaining these relationships gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Before you know it, it’s been far too long since you sent your last email, text, or postcard (for the rare relative who can’t be found anywhere online).

One of my goals for this summer is to get better at reaching out to people I haven’t spoken to in a while. It only takes a few minutes to write an email or send a card, but it will be fun to hear what’s new in everyone’s lives. I’ll be updating my readers on this experiment over the next few months.

For those of you who are better at keeping in touch than I am, how do you make it part of your routine? Everyone else, I’d love to hear about your results if you choose to join me!

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  1. As a business person, I’m constantly sending out thank you notes, or congrats on the new job cards. In the digital age, sometimes sending a snail mail that you actually hand wrote gets people’s attention better than a like or a share. Luckily, I’ve very plugged in and so are my compadres in the industry, so it’s easy to keep up with them. As for family, Facebook is certainly a help. Plus, I do a round of phone calls during the holidays (Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s) every year to touch base. Plus, my mom keeps in touch with everyone and their dog, so it’s always easy just to find out from her what’s going on with so-and-so.

  2. I’ll tell you how we don’t keep in touch: I’ve gotta get my butt in gear and back onto your blogsite more often. (You know the way it is though – life can get busy!)
    Sorry. I miss ….I don’t know what to call it….