This week is all about celebrating #NationalStationeryWeek! If you were here yesterday, you will have seen what supplies you will need in order to take up penpalling as a hobby. Today we’re looking at where to find penpals to write to.
International or not
The first decision which I would make is whether you want to find penpals in your own country, whether you want to write to international penpals in neighbouring countries or on the other side of the world, or a mixture of both. Most of my penpals are in the UK due to the high cost of international postage, but it’s completely up to you.
Friends and family who live far away from you
The natural place to start is to think of friends and family who you may enjoy writing to. Perhaps you have a uni friend who lives on the other side of the country. Or a cousin living abroad. Reach out and ask if they’d like to be penpals! It’s more fun than What’sApp.
This is where I have found most of my penpals. Search #snailmail and you’ll find some beautiful accounts. Also #penpalswanted is a golden hashtag for finding others who are looking for penpals, sorted!
#beechat on Twitter
A lovely lady called Charlene manages this snail mail community on Twitter. If you message her on @Cbeechat then she will give you a couple of addresses for you to get started with writing letters to.
If you would like to make the life of an ill child a little brighter, then you can write to a child registered on this website. Please be aware however, that there’s no requirement for the child or their family to write to you. It’s best to do this for the warm glow you will feel inside for doing something nice!
Write to your penpals’ penpals!
After a little while, perhaps you can ask your penpals if they have someone who they write to who would be a good penpal for you too. Or check out which penpalling accounts your penpals follow on Instagram and approach them.
A little warning…
I’ve started a new penpal relationship a few times by writing the first letter to someone who sounded really keen and then I’ve never heard anything back from them. It’s very annoying but unfortunately it happens. Don’t let it put you off though, you will find penpals who are looking to build a long friendship. On the other hand, if you can’t sustain penpalling, the best thing is to be honest and tell them so.
I hope you find this a useful guide to finding penpals. Join me next time when I’ll be suggesting what to write in your first few letters.