I joined Postcrossing a couple of months ago and now it’s taking over our kitchen wall—in the best way. This is a site for exchanging postcards with people around the world. Hmm, “exchange” isn’t the right word because these aren’t reciprocal swaps where you send a card to someone and get one back from the same person. Instead, you create a profile and then you’re given the name and address of another user. You send a postcard to that person. When he receives it, he registers the card, which prompts the system to send your address to someone different. In the beginning, you’re allowed to send up to five cards at once. As people begin to receive and register your cards, your maximum increases. Not that you have to send out five, six, seven cards all at once. You can do it one at a time if you like.
So far we have sent out ten cards and received eight—from Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Taiwan, India, Switzerland, Germany, and Finland! As you can see, we’re taping them to the wall above our world map. So much fun. This is a pretty delightful way to combine the joys of snail mail with a whizbang dose of world geography.
What a very cool idea!
On December 1, 2015 at 10:44 am
What a fun plan! I have to find a place to post our up….we have moved to a very snug little cottage in California and have not got a lot of extra space which I love for management and for conscious use of all we have but it does make some things trickier. Have to see if the boys would think this was exciting!
On December 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm
Love your display! Those red strings just pop!
On December 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm
How NEAT! 😀
On December 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm
oh, I am joining that, for sure!
On December 2, 2015 at 7:02 am
Do you use your real address? I’ve got the stamps, so I really need to do this. 🙂
On December 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm
Melissa Wiley says:
Erica, yes, I felt okay using our real address since they don’t post it anywhere publicly. Your address only goes out via email to a sender after a card you’ve sent someone else gets marked as received.
We got another one today, from Lyon, France! Exciting. 🙂
On December 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm
Do you write messages on the postcards?
On December 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm
Melissa Wiley says:
Yes, usually a little tidbit about where we live or whatever is pictured on the card. 🙂
On December 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm