15 January 2019

Postcrossing


In May 2018 I joined a wonderful project called Postcrossing. Postcrossing allows people to send and receive postcards from all over the world. As someone who loves to send and receive any form of snail mail I knew this project would be perfect for me. My mail box had been pretty empty for months and I hadn't received any 'happy mail' in quite some time so joining Postcrossing was a great way to rectify that.

Since I joined 7 months ago I have sent postcards to 14 different countries and received postcards from 14 different countries (I didn't manage to send any postcards for 2 of those months though due to fatigue and various other reasons).

So what is Postcrossing and how does it work?
As I mentioned earlier Postcrossing's goal is to allow anyone to send and receive postcards from all over the world. The concept is simple: for every postcard you send, you will receive one back from a random Postcrosser somewhere in the world. It is completely free to join, the only cost is the money you spend on postcards and postage.

When you join Postcrossing you are given your own profile which you can use to share information about yourself, the things you're interested in and the kinds of postcards you'd like to receive. You can write as much or as little as you'd like. The information you share on your profile will help your postcard sender choose a postcard suited to your tastes and may also give them some ideas of what to write on your postcard.

The process of sending and receiving postcards can be split into 4 easy steps:
1) Write a postcard- The first step is to request to send a postcard by clicking the 'send a postcard' button on the website's homepage. You will then receive an email containing the address of a random member, a link to their profile (so you can find out more about them) and a postcard ID (two letters followed by a string of numbers). The postcard ID is what allows the recipient to register the postcard, making you eligible to receive one in return. When you've received your recipients details simply pick a postcard and write a message, along with the postcard ID and address given.

2) Post it- Once your postcard is finished all you need to do is mail it at your nearest post office or post box. When your postcard arrives the recipient will register it using its postcard ID. This will now make you eligible to receive a postcard yourself. Where your postcard will come from is a surprise.

3) You receive mail- One day you'll check your mailbox and a postcard will be waiting for you.

4) Register the postcard- The final step is to register your postcard using its postcard ID. You can register your postcard by clicking the 'register a postcard' button on the website's homepage.
Note: You can have several postcards travelling at once.

It's so easy to send and receive mail using Postcrossing's system and before you know it your mail box will be full of wonderful, exciting postcards from all over the world.


If you'd like to find out more about Postcrossing click here.

If you'd like to join Postcrossing click here.


Are you already a member of Postcrossing or are you thinking about joining now? What's the nicest piece of snail mail you've ever received? Let me know in the comments below.


*This post is not sponsored, I just really like Postcrossing and I have benefited from the project massively so I wanted to write about it in case it is something that you would benefit from/enjoy.*

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