I first started writing to pen-pals when I was 13. I love receiving letters from all over the world and more than anything I love the stamps! I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to some things and collecting stamps is one of them but that’s a story for another time.
I love technology and I love how quick and easy it is to send a text or an email and receive an instant response. Technology has it’s place in our fast paced lives and I wouldn’t want to live in a world without it don’t get me wrong. For me there is nothing better than corresponding with people via the postal service. I love the sound of letters falling through my letterbox, seeing the plain or decorated envelopes and knowing instantly who sent the letter. Looking at the stamps and carefully peeling them off to stick in my albums and finally reading the letters. I worry that the art of letter writing may become a thing of the past.
I love to read, it’s another one of my hobbies. I’m very curious about other people and how they live so for me reading letters from a pen-pal is a little bit like reading an autobiography in sections. I find it fascinating how different people live their lives, the jobs that they do, how they bring up their children or animals, what they eat, what they collect and what sort of stationery they use.
I have pen-pals from all over the world, most are female but there are a couple of men in there too, the ages vary from early 20’s to my oldest who is in his 70’s. Some are married some are single, some have children, some have cats and others don’t have time for either. Since April this year I have written letter to 47 different people, a large percentage have not written back and this makes me sad. I think some people like the chase, like to receive letters but then realise they have no time to write back and that’s fine but it doesn’t take a lot to send a little card to explain.
As a self confessed stationery addict I love to buy writing sets. I like bright colours, quirky patterns and embossed papers. A5 is my preferred writing paper size and I favour lined paper over plain as it helps to keep my erratic writing in check. I sometimes get lost in the words which can result in my letters drooping to one angle rather than being straight.
I can’t imagine a life without words and letters and so I’ll continue to write them as long as people are happy to receive.
Where can you find pen-pals?
Well that depends on the sort of pen-pal you want. Most of my penpals have been found via Instagram using the hashtag #penpalswanted and #penpalsrequired I find Instagram penpals are the most flaky. There are a lot of facebook groups where penpals can be found, just use the search and add yourself to some groups.
I’ve found some of the most reliable penpals have come from the Letter Writers Alliance, maybe because you have to pay to join? It’s only $5 but worth every penny in my opinion. The second option is maartens penpals, I’ve found a couple of lovely penpals who like writing long letters it’s free to join and updated quite regularly.
Do you write letters or correspond with Pen-Pals?
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