Letters with Jason, July 2023 [#1]

Jarrod’s and Jason’s avatars separated by the letter emoji and their website domains below their images.
(Image inspiration: José Muñoz)

For the PenPals project this month, I’ll be corresponding with Jason Becker, the instigator of this whole series of Letters projects around the web. You’ll be able to follow along with our conversation both here and on his site at json.blog.

Here’s a summary of our first exchange by ChatGPT:

Jason initiates the letter exchange, explaining his motivation for starting the project and introducing himself as the Chief Product Officer at an education-finance technology company. He provides insights into his professional background, life in Baltimore, love for volleyball, and interests in reading, travel, and urban hiking. Jason praises Jarrod’s HeyDingus blog and inquires about its success. In response, Jarrod acknowledges the eloquence of Jason’s letter and introduces himself as a mountain guide and gear shop specialist with a tech enthusiast side. He expresses a desire to bridge his outdoor experiences with technology writing, sharing thoughts on his blogging journey and current interests. Jarrod delves into Jason’s work, his urban hiking travel style, and the joy of volleyball. The letter also touches on pets and condolences for Gracie’s health decline. Jarrod concludes with gratitude for the Letters project.

If you’d like to be a penpal for this project, please reach out! I’d love to get you on the schedule.


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