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Postcrossing: Snail Mail in the Increasingly Fast World + a Little Giveaway

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Let me start with a question. When was the last time you sent somebody a letter? And I do not mean e-mail. Or a printed sheet to some company querying the bill you received. I mean, when did you last sit down with a clean sheet of paper in front of you and a pen in your hand and told somebody about what is happening in your life, how you are getting on?

I used to love writing letters when I was younger. When I went off to college, even though I talked to my parents on the phone, I would still get paper letters with news from home and write them back telling about my life. My friends studying abroad as well as the ones living in the same town would often receive my heart spilt on paper. The two years of “dating” with my husband were actually a long distance relationship with numerous letters travelling back and forth between Ireland and Lithuania. (It is nice to sometime flip through them now and be transported in time).

Fast forward 10 years and I find myself hardly ever writing a letter. Not because I have no time. But because I spend that time on other things. Most of the time, trivial ones. Somehow I have managed to get out of the letter-writing habit.

One day, wandering on the world-wide web (everyone knows what a huge time consumer that is), i came across somebody’s blog post about postcrossing and decided to sign up immediately. Postcrossing is a genius initiative to encourage people to send and receive actual tangible mail. Once you sign up, you get to draw a few random addresses of other users and send them each a postcard. Once that is received and registered on the site, somebody else draws your address. And thus you receive a postcard from anywhere in the world. Somebody sits down and gives you a few minutes of their life to pick out a postcard and tell a little about themselves. Now, in all honesty, not everybody engages into much writing. occasionally, all the postcard says is “Happy Postcrossing”. This is underwhelming. Luckily, there aren’t many of such cards. Often people will tell you about what they like, what’s important to them, a book they have read or places they have travelled. And in turn, you share little snippets of your life with the people you write to. In todays increasingly virtual and rushing world, it is a real treat to send and receive some ‘snail mail’.
Of course, ‘snail mail’ does not have to happen through the postcrossing site. You do not need to sign up anywhere to write letters to real people in your life or send a few postcards when you are travelling. It is a great gift that doesn’t cost much, only a bit of your time and attention. And a stamp, of course πŸ™‚

A small part of the cards I have received so far.

A small part of the cards I have received so far.

I would love to hear your stories of wonderful/horrible/interesting/extraordinary letters that you have sent or received. Please tell me what makes you remember them, why they were special. And you might receive a postcard from Ireland from me πŸ˜‰ I will pick a winner at the end of this month. Provided there will be any responses at all, of course πŸ™‚

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2 thoughts on “Postcrossing: Snail Mail in the Increasingly Fast World + a Little Giveaway

  1. I love the idea of postcrossing. I plan to try it.

    The last letter I remember writing was to a friend of mine from high school who had moved away. I wrote her a letter to get back in touch. We had been exchanging Christmas cards for a few years, but hadn’t actually talked. We exchanged correspondence a few times and got together when she was back in town for a couple of years, but unfortunately have fallen out of touch again.

    I used to love writing when I was a kid. I would write short stories and plays my sisters and I would perform. However, when I got to high school and college, all I ever wrote were reports and papers and got burned out on writing. It wasn’t fun anymore. I still haven’t gone back to writing. I’ve had ideas for stories and scripts, but haven’t written anything. These days I do more reading of fiction than writing.

  2. Hello, Lynette. Since nobody else shared their stories, you are my one and only undisputed winner πŸ˜€ I would love to send you a postcard of Ireland. If you would like to receive it, please send me your address to sunshineintentions@gmail.com

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