Postcrossing! Or: Jen got a new hobby

All of the postcards I've received so far! Pretty awesome to look at when I enter my apartment.

So a Facebook friend mentioned a website in a status awhile ago, and so I had to investigate. And as a result… I got sucked into a new hobby.

Postcrossing is a website that allows registered users to send and receive postcards from people all over the world. So, once you register, you request addresses to send out postcards. They give them to you, you write the postcards, mail them, and then once the people receive them and enter the unique code you put on the card, you can get postcards in return!

So far I’ve had 30 postcards received with 8 more in transit, and I’ve received 27 from all over the world. My latest postcard came from Istanbul, Turkey! Each one is unique and each message is fun to read. I’ve learned a lot about the different cultures and people who have sent them to me.

I’ve also acquired a few great penpals! I’ve not only reconnected to my cousin Kayla in New York, but I’ve met three great people from Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands! I love receiving letters from them!

What about you, dear reader? Do you have penpals? The art of letter writing seems to be dying, but not if I have anything to say about it! In the comments, tell me about your penpals. Or, if you are a part of postcrossing, tell me about your experience! What’s the most unusual postcard you’ve received? They most exotic place you’ve received a postcard from? (Mine has been from Siberia!) And if you’ve found my page from Postcrossing, let me know!

Maybe we can direct swap postcards!

For more information on Postcrossing, check out the website! http://www.postcrossing.com/

 

Postcrossing!

Hi everyone!

Thanks to a friend on Facebook, I’ve discovered a new thing! Well, it’s not really new, but it is new to me. It’s called postcrossing. This activity involves signing up on a website, for free, and sending postcards to people around the world. And the coolest part is getting postcards from others around the world!

I’ve been on a letter writing kick lately, so when this came to my attention, I had to do it. I LOVED getting postcards from friends as a kid. I haven’t gotten one in years, but I still remember being excited whenever one came in the mail. I loved sending them, too. Whenever my family went to Maine, I had such a hard time picking out the right postcard to send to friends and family back home.

So now that I’ve signed up and sent my first five postcards out, I can’t wait to see where mine come from! My first five went to Minnesota, Russia, Germany, Taiwan, and China. I even had a girl from Russia contact me for a direct swap which is sending them to each other without having to register them through the website, kind of like pen pals. So I just wrote hers out and will get stamps for it tomorrow or Tuesday.

Finding postcards in Connecticut is hard, though! Of course I forgot about museums selling them, but other than that, where else? Literally EVERYWHERE in Maine sells them. But Connecticut? I finally found some places with the help of my coworkers. The Town Hall in Manchester sells Manchester based cards, and Hallmarks do sell them as well. They’re for the state and local area. I’ll have to stop in at the Bristol Hallmark when I’m back in town. I also checked out the local stationery store right up the road from me and they have one for Vernon, which is exciting. I wish there was one for my apartment! It’s such a cool old building, it would make a great picture. Maybe I’ll create one and send that out and explain to everyone how I live in an old factory!

If you want to check this out for yourself – which I highly recommend – go to this website: Postcrossing. So far it’s been a lot of fun, and I’m eager to receive my first card! I would love to do this with my students and post the cards on the wall with a map pinned for their location! That would be cool.