National Handwriting Day

According to Chase’s Calendar of Events 2009, today is National Handwriting Day. Good penmanship is encouraged.


John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on this date. He, like many of his co-signers, had ornate but legible handwriting. (Judge for yourself by checking their signatures here.)


I remember using my best cursive handwriting to write letters to my grandmother. Now I see cell phone calls, text messages, e-mails, and faxes being substituted for handwritten notes. This much technology is a good thing  for virtual assistants and for every person whose writing is indecipherable, but do you think it lacks the personal touch?


If a computer or QWERTY keyboard has replaced the pen in your hand, you can still hand write notes. Create a computer font in your own handwriting at Fontifier and then type away.

Erwin Denissen left a comment on the About page. I moved it here so my readers can check this out for themselves. He wrote, “I found your post about National Handwriting Day and thought our free online font generator might be of interest to you and your readers:


2 Responses to National Handwriting Day

  1. Andrew Cosgrove says:

    Perhaps the most powerful yet most overlooked advantage of a computer in developing writing skills is as a glorified typewriter. It allows an approach to teaching writing that is impossible with a pencil and paper, and may have its greatest impact in the earlier years of school.This is the first of a series of articles to explore the introduction of laptop computers in a kindergarten class.

  2. Yes, nothing matches the personal touch of handwriting.

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