Anyone who knows me (or has to stand behind me in the Post Office queue) knows I have a ‘thing’ about posting stuff, so when I stumbled upon this project a few years ago, it was perfect!
Basically, when you register with Postcrossing , you can request a randomly generated address of a fellow postcrosser. You get the opportunity to read a bit about their likes, if (like me) you prefer to select a card related to their preferences. Each card is assigned a unique ID number, so when your postcard lands in the mailbox of the lucky recipient, they can register it; this in turn adds YOUR details to the pot and someone will draw your address to mail a postcard to. It’s completely random & works on a “one out, one in” basis, there’s no need to send a reply card to someone who sends you one – someone else will be sending one to them. Of course, sometimes you send or recieve a card and you ‘click’, maybe sharing similar interests or outlook on life – I have ‘met’ a few regular penpals through those one random postcards.
- To date, I have sent 173 official postcards which have been registered and received 172, although some of the 10 which are currently travelling should be arriving any day now; which will add to my sent total & release my address for more to be sent to me!
- Together, my sent postcards have travelled a distance of 386,259 miles; whilst those I’ve received clocked up a combined distance of 382,030 miles!
- I have sent and/or received to and from 45 different countries.
I sent my very first postcrossing postcard on 5th August 2012, and it was received in Germany on the 10th!
How did it start? Well, back in 2005, Portuguese computer systems engineer and postcard lover Paulo Magalhães thought it would be a good idea to connect people who share the love for sending and receiving postcards; and so he set up Postcrossing, with the hope that he might convinced a few likeminded friends to join him…
To date, Postcrossing has: 560,302 members in 215 countries, sending 706 postcards/hour! A total of 30,645,829 postcards have been received, with 446,007 postcards currently travelling!
Those 30 million+ cards have travelled a whopping 96,471,164,627 miles – that’s 3,874,118 laps around the world!!
So today, I’m celebrating Postcrossing’s 10th birthday by sending cards to Russia, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Taiwan & Germany. Thank you Paulo, for allowing us all the honour of participating in your project!
HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY POSTCROSSING!!
Oh, and the other great thing about Postcrossing? It’s a fantastic excuse to buy more postcards!!
Are you a Postcrosser? Do you participate in any similar snailmail projects? Please share in the comments section! And, as always, thanks for reading!!