Saturday, January 31, 2009

Postcrossing - Giving it a go.

I was introduced to Postcrossing by a friend on a forum that I go to. It somehow sounds a bit dodgy, but at first look it 'looks' like it might be fun!!
The theory behind it all is that people still love to receive real live mail, specially in this age of email. Once you join you can add your preferences to your profile, so if you really have a desire to see postcards from around the world on particular theme you can let people know. It doesn't mean that your swapee has to stick to your preferences to the letter, but it will give them an idea of what you like.
You start slowly by asking for a maximum of 5 addresses, I have sent off my 5 cards to the USA, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Lithuania. Once they have arrived, they are logged onto the web site and my address is then passed to the next person asking for an address.
The site is quite interesting and has lots of statistics about who the users are. 192 Countries are represented with the biggest group of users coming from Finland and China. The UK only accounts for 2.5% of all users.
I'm looking forward to my cards arriving at their destination and being logged on the web site. At least there is no commitment with this new hobby beyond how much you can afford to spend on a stamp!!
The link to the site is on the right hand side of my blog >>>>>>>>


Jen said...

OOh sounds fun! I'll give it a go :)

Debbielou said...

Had to read that twice - cross what!!!