Back in the 90's it was a fairly common practice for a zinester to write their personal note on or in the zine itself, usually the front inside page. I personally didn't mind this at all, and actually I thought it was sort of nice way of personalizing it.
As it seems mores and sensibilities have been changing among zinesters in the last 10 or 15 years since I started zining, I was wondering what people thought of this practice today.
I've thought of doing it, but I thought it might put off the recipient, who'd see it as "marring" their zine. I can't put them down for that, but there's also the other side that we may be losing a perfectly acceptable, and to some of us, welcome or at least okay zine custom.
This last initial mailing I did, I wrote some personal notes on the back of the envelope. Nothing REALLY personal, just a "hello" and maybe a little more. Does anybody think this "exposes" them too much. Of course, I'm not sure it would do that anymore than a postcard, but I wondered whether anybody might be put off by it.
Jeff Sommers wrote in a contrib to Xerography Debt that he hated self-mailers. That's another old zine tradition that I've always kind of admired (though zines in envelopes are perfectly okay). I don't mind my zine getting a littled tattered around the edges, in fact that condition sort of has it's own aesthetic.
Let me know what you all think. I'm curious.