Snailmail Sunday: How to find new penpals online
There are many ways to find new penpals. In the old days I was a big fan of Friendship Books, but I quit swapping them more then 10 years ago. I mean, there are easier ways to find new penpals since we’ve got the internet. These days it is much easier to meet people from all over the world. I will make a list that tells you how to find new penpals online and I will add my own experiences with those websites.
On this website you can make your own profile and search for others. The good thing about this website is that you can upload pictures and add a lot of info about yourself. Not everyone fills them out and some people polish their profiles until they seem super interesting, while in fact they are not. If you know what you’re searching for, it is possible to find awesome new friends via this website. I have found many of my penpals here.
There are many snailmail related groups on Facebook. Just search for snailmail, (long) letters or penpals on Facebook and I am sure that you will find a group you will like. In those groups you are often allowed to place an add or ask for new pen pals. It is also a nice way to chat with other letter writers.
This one is of course not online on your computer, but you can download the app on your smartphone. I love sharing pictures, quotes and other things on Instagram, but I also found it useful to find new penpals. Upload a picture or snailmail related image, letting people know that you are searching for new penpals. It might help to add a couple of hashtags to your message, such as #snailmail, #penpalswanted #happymail or anything else related to snailmail. This way people who are searching for penpals will find your message. I find it funny that you will ‘judge’ someone mostly based on pics via Instagram. That’s different from other websites, but I have found two very good friends there and we are sending long letters. So it is possible to make a connection this way.
Even though this website is mostly meant for one time swaps, it is definitely possible to make new friends. I love the ‘Letters & Writing’ related swaps a lot. Of course you don’t always click with your assigned partner, but sometimes you do. Therefore it’s worth a try when searching for new penpals. If only for the fact that I end up having more mail in your mailbox and the possibility of finding new friends.
This website is of course meant for sending postcards to random people from all over the world, but there is a forum attached to the website. On the forum you can get to know new people and it even has a place where you can ask or search for new penpals. For me it never really worked though, as most people are used to sending postcards only and they like exchanging short letters, while I enjoy writing really long letters instead.