If you are not a seasoned letter writer but would like to start sending more snail mail then a great way to start is by sending postcards.
At the start of the year, when I wanted to write and send more handwritten notes again I signed up to Postcrossing, a site that enables you to send and receive postcards from all over the world.
Not just for snail mail enthusiasts either, Postcrossing is great for those with wanderlust and those who enjoy learning more about other people, places and cultures.
Since I signed up 6 weeks ago I have sent 30 postcards covering a distance of nearly 55,000 miles and have received 20 postcards from 16 different countries.
Needless to say, I’m most definitely hooked! What I love most about this new hobby is that I share it with my girls. I really enjoy picking out postcards with their help and love their excitement when a postcard arrives through our letter box.
How it works
The idea with Postcrossing is simply this, you send a postcard to receive a postcard. All you have to do is register as a member and create your profile and you are ready to go!
The profile is an important step as it tells others a little about yourself and gives guidance to the sorts of postcards you would like to receive. I really appreciate when people have good profiles as it does help me in picking out a postcard for them. You can check out my profile and others for ideas.
Once you’re ready to send a postcard you simply need to click “send a postcard” in the main menu to do so. You will be sent the profile details of the recipient along with their address and most importantly the postcard ID which you MUST write on the card.
The postcard ID is then logged by the recipient upon arrival at it’s destination and you will receive an automatic notification and usually a thank you message from the recipient. Once the postcard has been logged your name is then added to the pool of names waiting to receive a postcard.
And that’s it!
You can also upload the images of the postcards you send so that they show up on both yours and the recipients wall of postcards. I personally enjoy uploading the photos before I send them so that the recipient doesn’t have too, plus that way I ensure I have a record of all the postcards I have sent.
So if you want to send and receive more happy mail but don’t know where to start, then I suggest you start here with Postcrossing.
I also firmly believe that the challenge of writing something interesting in such a small space makes you a better writer, so the step up to writing longer letters won’t feel as daunting.
So start small, send a postcard and see where it takes you.