This is going to be a monthly feature devoted to sharing with you guys other pen pal- and snail mail-related sites out there!

Obviously, as many of you know, IGGPPC isn’t the only mail website out there. For those of you who–unlike Tinkerbell and more like me–don’t need applause to live, but rather mail, there are many resources for you to use. The first and foremost in my mind of these sites is Postcrossing.

Postcrossing is a fairly well-known mail site, but in case you didn’t know about it already, it’s a website which allows people to receive postcards from all over the world, and the only thing it will ever cost you is the price of a stamp.

How it works: Similar to Fullmetal Alchemist, Postcrossing operates on a basis of equivalent exchange. That is, you send a postcard, you receive a postcard. The longer version of this means that you request an address on the Postcrossing site, you send a postcard to that address, and then you wait.

Now, I’m sure some of you are thinking, “But how will I know that my postcard made it to the person?” The people at Postcrossing obviously thought that too, because they have a system. When you request an address, they give you a number based on the country where you live. If nothing else, you HAVE to write that number on the card, because the recipient will use it to register that card when they get it.

What I think: I very much recommend using Postcrossing if you like getting mail just because. I have received some very beautiful cards from numerous countries (see below) and sometimes it’s nice to just get a postcard. It’s not only an opportunity to learn about someone in the briefest of exchanges, but you can also learn about someone’s hometown or get some form of cultural exchange, you also get a visual with it. Also, if you’re like me and have a habit of buying postcards wherever you go to the point where your writing desk has multiple drawers full of postcards, this gives you an  opportunity to use them and share the beauty of those postcards with someone else!


My first Postcrossing card from the US.


Two cards I got on the same day–from Germany and Norway!


The first Postcrossing card I ever received–from Thailand.