Last year I wrote about writing and what it means for me in my post, Random 411: The Art of Letter Writing.
One night, I couldn’t sleep no matter what I tried. I spent sometime on Facebook, spent some time writing, tried to put on music and just lie still. None of it worked. Because I didn’t feel like reading or journaling, my mind started drifting back to those piles of letters I threw away. I know I’m a broken record, but, as you can tell, it’s still haunts me. Anyway, I thought about those letters and how if I still had them I could pass the time reading through childhood letters. Which got me thinking, “I wonder if there are pen pal programs for adults?”
Of course I just had to “google” it. Well, there are a few neat programs out there for those looking to connect with people aside from your normal social media, but I’d say two out of the three programs I looked at used messaging. You’d sign up for an account and look for someone you wish to become pen pals with and then you send them messages through your established account, online. This wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted to connect with others through letter-writing specifically so I added that to my search.
And I stumbled upon a wonderful organization: Letter Writers Alliance.
I was HOOKED! I mean, to participate in their Pen Pal Swap you need to pay for membership, a one-time charge for lifetime membership. And then to use the “members only” portion, you need a password which they snail mail to you. I love it. When I received my password today it felt like Christmas all over again. I miss that feeling!
Now, this is a letter-writer’s Heaven. Let me tell you. They have really cool benefits for members and if you love writing or just wanting a pen pal, this website is the way to go.
I will definitely be making use of this wonderful program and I’ll probably keep the situation up-to-date here, but for now, I wanted to bring it to your attention. It’s an awesome community and I’m excited to see what happens next.