Day 6: Need more people to write to? Try Postcrossing.com

February 6, 2012 in Journal


Several people have mentioned running out of people to write to and are having trouble finding more addresses. First, let me remind you that you can write to the same person twice and that any mail you answer can count as your sent item for the day.

Now… on to the fun stuff.

Allow me to introduce you to Postcrossing.com. It is an amazing website that allows people to exchange postcards across the globe. They just had their 10 millionth card sent. And people say the post is dead… When you sign up, you can put in your profile that you are a Month of Letters participant and welcome other people also in the challenge. Or, you can just play the way the site normally works.

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 will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

I’ve sent a number of cards this way and it is oddly fun to write to a stranger. When you are ready to send a card, the site gives you the person’s name, address, and a brief bio about them. Each card you send makes you eligible to receive one. If you want, you can write back to the person who wrote to you but that’s not required by postcrossing.com.

It is sort of like having a penpal, but without any pressure because it is just post cards. The time commitment is tiny and you get mail. Real mail! With pretty pictures.

If you are looking for additional people to write to, definitely sign up for postcrossing.com. I highly recommend it.

And if you are already a member of postcrossing, there’s a place on their forums to talk to other members also participating in the challenge. 

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6 responses to Day 6: Need more people to write to? Try Postcrossing.com

  1. One of my postcards has been received. It was to the French-speaking part of Canada. What I wrote made her laugh! I wanted to make her smile 🙂
    Postcrossing is just FAB!
    Shall I write some postcards today? Yes, why not I say, but I will not write my full allowance!

  2. A postcard (postcrossing) to China, a letter to a Canadian pen friend/swapper/fb trader. Already thinking about tomorrow’s letters!!!

  3. I tried this too! But I’m concerned my postcard won’t make it to Russia, because I unfortunately failed to consider the proper postage. How do you know how much it costs to different countries?

    • For us,in Oz, overseas postcards are a set amount – doesn’t matter which country you are sending to.

    • If you are in the USA then I believe a postcard cost $1.05 to send to other countries except for Canada and Mexico which are a little less but I can’t remember how much. And you can always check the USPS website.

  4. Hey, heard you on CBC Canada today. Was such a great interview. I was so interested as I am an old fashioned snail-mailer. Friends and family await my mail each month. I have close friends that pen pal back and forth. There is something so special about receiving a personalized note in the mail. So happy someone out there is promoting this simple, old fashioned and very appreciated form of communication!

    Keep the snail-mail ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!

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