Years ago, when I began working with fellow web designer Mary Mason on a collection of websites for a quilting magazine publisher, the client deemed that we should include an email blast in the web activities. The original “blast” demand seemed a bit too harsh for the quilt-friendly village concept that was unfolding with the website development, so Mary and I revised the “blast” until it became a note, or a letter, from one quilting friend to another.
We decided to share the letter writing responsibility, and late one night, I came up with the idea of signing the letters as “Emily,” since that name could be interpreted as “M-and-me,” which could stand for “Mary and me” or “Missy and me,” whoever happened to be writing at the time.
As it turned out, only one of us ended up being “Emily.” Every other week, for a number of years, I settled myself in a comfy chair with a cup of hot tea, pencil and paper, and wrote a letter to my friends. Some letters got laughs, others drew tears, and in a round-about way, all had something to do with quilting. At times, it felt a bit odd to sign the letters as “Emily,” and I worried what readers would think if they found out that Emily was just a character in Quilters Village.
As sometimes happens, the client’s needs changed, and my “Emily Era” eventually came to a close. I “fessed up” in my final letter, revealing my true identity to the newsletter list. I needn’t have worried–readers were very supportive, and I received many kind wishes for whatever lie ahead.
I enjoyed writing those newsletters, and I met many wonderfully interesting people from all over the world through responses to the “Letter from Emily” emails. I’m hoping to do the same with this blog…but this time, I can sign my own name.