In mid-January, I set up the challenge to write messages to random strangers so I subscribed to Postcrossing.
If you don’t know what Postcrossing is and how it works, check out my How to become a Poscrosser post!
Almost two months have passed since I sent my first postcard to a fellow Postcrosser based in Germany, and now I’m ready to share my experience.
I sent fifteen postcards all around the world.
Four to Germany – to Katharina, Klaus, Anke and Siegfried
Two to Finland – to Seija and Marja-Liisa
Two to Russia – to Maria and Arina
Two to Belarus – to Anastasia and Alexandr
One to Japan – to Mayumi
One to Singapore – to Jonathan
One to Czech Republic – to Ganna
One to the United States – to Rob
One to Turkey – to Atlastiko
I received eleven postcards from all around the world.
Six from Germany – from Lothar, Wolfgang, Edeltraut, Gabi, Daniela and Lisa
One from the United States – from Michelle
One from Belarus – from Tatiana
One from The Netherlands – from
One from Taiwan – from Tina
One from Canada – from Michael
Clicking on “request an address” is such an exciting moment.
You don’t know who you’re going to write to and where – it’s totally random!
Once a recipient has been assigned, I read the profile carefully and always try to send a postcard that the person will like. I also like to imagine their reaction when they receive my postcards.
Some Postcrossers suggest a list of themes: some collect animal cards while others like receiving famous monuments or landscapes.
I purchased a stock of really cute ones with different themes – vintage ads, landscapes, words of affirmation… and went to the post office to buy beautiful stamps as well.
As far as I am concerned, I don’t ask for any particular type or theme for my postcards.
I just want them to be handwritten and people can write about anything: who they are, what they like, the best things to do where they live, their favourite quote…
I am so happy when I get one postcard in my letterbox.
All the messages I got were so lovely and I really enjoyed getting to know these people a bit through the postcards.
Now that I started a collection of postcards, I’m still wondering what I can do with them.
I can put them in an album or hang them on a huge cork board or metal grid panel.
What do you suggest? Let me know on Twitter @franscoffeebrks!
If you’re curious about the postcards I receive, follow me on Instagram and search the hashtag #franspostcards.