Another Way to Connect With People

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My custom postcard (my original artwork).
I have been writing less by hand over the past 15 years...ever since I got a computer and discovered online communication. Today, if I want to connect with someone, I send them an email, post on FaceBook, send a mention to them on Twitter, leave a message on TravBuddy, and/or send an instant message. While quicker, it does mean it's not quite as personal as a hand-written note.

I recently discovered a site that is helping me pick up a pen and really write to someone to get to know them and share information. Postcrossing hooks you up with complete strangers in different countries, The goal of the site's "project" is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world! 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. You never know who will get your name and where your card(s) will come from, so it's quite exciting. Think about it....wouldn't you love to receive a surprise postcard from someone in another country instead of the usual junk mail and bills? I could write about the steps to make the process work, but Postcrossing's website does a really good job of explaining it.

I was eager to start, so I ran to the closest drugstore and picked up a stack of postcards that depicted Seattle in various pictures on the front. My first five cards are ready to go in the mail. When one of the recipients receives my card, they will register it using a code the site tells me to include on the postcard. This lets the user know who has sent them cards and where they have come from. You can also pull up a profile of the person (share as little or as much as you like in your own profile) and even a location map. You also can see how long it took a postcard to travel to its destination.

Try it! It's fun!
williamsworld says:
now you got me wanting to try this. thanks
Posted on: Mar 23, 2010
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