Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Snail mail rocks! I love postcrossing.

If you are like me, you like to receive regular notes and letters in your mailbox, just not bills and junk mail. Wouldn't you love to receive beautiful postcards in your mail from all over the world? I sure do. I was so happy this afternoon when I received yet another postcard in the mail. I always tell everyone about www.postcrossing.com The postcard crossing project. “Send a postcard and receive one back from a random postcrosser somewhere in the world!”

A little bit about postcrossing:

The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you'll receive at least one back, from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

Why? Because, there are lots of people who like to receive real mail.
The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you'd probably never have heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises - and who wouldn't like that?

How does it work?

First, the short version:

1. request an address from the website
2. mail the postcard to the address
3. wait to receive a postcard
4. register the received postcard in the system

The first step is to request an address of another user to who, you must mail a postcard. You will receive the recipient's address and a postcard ID (e.g.: US-78) via email. The postcard ID uniquely identifies your postcard in the system.

You must then mail the postcard with the provided ID clearly written on it. This will allow the recipient to register your postcard on Postcrossing, thereby making you the next person whose address will be issued to the next postcrosser who requests an address to mail a postcard to.

You can have up to 5 postcards traveling at any single time. Every time one of the postcards you sent is registered, you can request another address.

The site also has a map where you can track your sent and received cards, a forum full of great people. And all it cost you is the price of a post card and an international stamp. You will not get a postcard from the same country in which you reside. Nor is this a pen pal thing, I mean you can of course start up a pen pal with someone you send a card to if you so choose. I have received 135 postcards so far and I love it I have gotten a post card from every continent except for Antarctica, and from so many different countries. I have even gotten my 6 year old into it. Helps her practice her writing and she loves learning about other countries from the people who send her postcards, a lot of the people enjoy writing to the children, most of us signed up our kids too. I hope that some of you will check it out and sign up too.

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