I joined Postcrossing.com in 2010, in fact almost exactly three years ago. The first postcard I sent was on August 2, 2010 and traveled for 5 days before it reached its final destination in Germany. When I first joined, I was able to send 5 postcards at a time. I can remember driving around looking for postcards from my hometown to send. There was a simple joy in the thrill of hunting down the perfect card. They were not very easy to come by, and the ones I did find looked like they were created in the 70’s. A few members suggested creating my own postcard online, but I never made the journey to see if it was worth it.
I was so excited when I received my first postcard in the mail. On August 16, 2010, after traveling about 3595 miles over 5 days, my postcard arrived. Living in The Netherlands, Laura wrote about her current job and dreams for the future. Chances are I will never hear from Laura again, and I have no way of responding to her postcard, but there is something special in receiving a hand written postcard. The honesty of most members’ messages leaves me with a sense of fondness for the individual.
Sadly, as life got exciting with a relationship that was becoming fairly serious, my last postcard was mailed on December 9, 2011. I can still remember how I felt when I entered my final postcard into the system. It was like saying goodbye to an old friend. Only recently, while on vacation and picking out some postcards to purchase, I remembered my long lost buddy and the good times we once had. I decided to reach out once again.
I am happy to announce that I currently have nine postcards on their way to individuals all over the world. I find it fitting that the first two addresses I was assigned are in Germany and The Netherlands! I feel as though this is a sign that I had picked the right time to start up this old hobby of mine. Here is where my current batch of cards are going:
- Anja in Germany
- Norbert in The Netherlands
- Jody in California
- Nataliya in Republic of Belarus
- Sofia in Ukraine
- Penny Liew in Taiwan
- Annemarie in Austria
- Marja in Finland
- Alan in United Kingdom
During the time that I was an active member at Postcrossing.com I have sent 47 postcards and received 51 postcards. It appears that four of my sent postcards never made it to their final destination, which does happen.
I would try to explain Postcrossing in my own words, but the founder does it best so here is a copy of what can be found on their About page:
“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 one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.
Why? Because, like the founder, there are lots of people who like to receive real mail.
The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises – and who wouldn’t like that?” – postcrossing.com/about
I encourage any of you who are interested in receiving more that bills and store catalogs in the mail to take a quick look at Postcrossing.com . The site is free to join, so your only expense is the cost of your postcards and stamps. I know how much fun I have had sending and receiving my cards in the past so I hope at least one of you gives it a shot.
You never know, you could love it even more that I do! Have you already tried it out? Let me know what your experience has been like. Feel free to leave me a comment!