Have you heard of a website called Postcrossing? I hadn’t until I read this awesome post over at Dork Face a few weeks back. Postcrossing is a website for hobbyists who love sharing postcards around the globe. Inspired by the above post I decided to try it out for myself.
Signing up is simple. You create a profile, add a little bit about yourself and you’re ready to begin. Personal details are kept private and are only ever shown to the person who is sending you a postcard. You then request a random address from Postcrossing’s database which is given to you instantly. Here you have the opportunity to see the postcrosser’s profile and get an idea about what style of postcard they might like. Once you have sent your first postcard and the recipient has received it, you will then be sent one in return from a secret Postcrosser whose identity you find out later on.
My first address was in Russia. I read her profile and learned she likes fairy tales. Here in Cardiff we have our own fairy tale castle, Castel Coch so I made it my mission to find a Castel Coch postcard (this turned out to be easy actually. The first shop I tried had one. Score!). My postcard was well received and not long afterwards a postcard landed on my doormat. It came from Holland and features windmills and cheese skies. I just love me some Dutch cheese. The sender added cute, tiny stickers on my card to jazz it up which was a nice touch.
My next address is in Germany, so if you are a German Postcrosser keep an eye on your mail. You may be hearing from me soon!
Are you a Postcrosser? Have you written a blog post about it? If so feel free to link it in the comments below. I’d love to read about other peoples Postcrossing experiences.