Modern Pen Pal Project May 15, 2021 2:24 PM   Subscribe

Since the beginning of 2020, I've been doing a project where I write a handwritten letter a week to friends, acquaintances, and family members on a topic of their choosing. I am looking for some new folks who would enjoy snail mail.

If you would like to participate, please sign-up here and you will get a letter in the mail. I prefer to be provided a topic, especially when I don't know the recipient directly, as constraints help my thought process. There is not a requirement to respond with a letter in kind! If you do write back, I will keep the correspondence going. If you would like to know a bit more about me beyond what is in my mF profile before signing up, DM me with any questions.

Bonus: I have been experimenting with creating my own stationary and including drawings in some cases, so in addition to a letter, depending on whim, you may also receive an artifact of some type along with the letter.
posted by chiefthe to MetaFilter-Related at 2:24 PM (19 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

What a lovely idea.
Do you accept recipients from outside the US?
posted by ClarissaWAM at 4:22 PM on May 15


Signed up, I love mail.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:14 PM on May 15


Yes! Happy to send to those outside the US!
posted by chiefthe at 5:22 PM on May 15 [3 favorites]


Signed up oh heck yeah.
posted by JanetLand at 5:42 PM on May 15


This is great! Looking forward to forgetting about signing up and being surprised when it shows up! Thanks so much!
posted by danabanana at 6:42 PM on May 15


Fun! I love a snail mail project
posted by oomny at 7:35 PM on May 15


Lovely idea! I'm in.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 8:38 PM on May 15


Walking down the driveway to the mailbox will be a little more fun now that I've signed up.
posted by kingless at 2:42 AM on May 16


Great idea. As a kid my father worked abroad and phone calls were too expensive so i still remember the thrill of receiving the weekly letter.
posted by lloyder at 9:24 AM on May 16


Wow! Thanks for the responses! This will likely keep me going through the end of the year! But, keep them coming, if you are interested. I'll roll any extras over into 2022. :)

Also -- if you suggested Moby Dick as a topic (one I would LOVE to write about!), I got your name but not address. Feel free to meMail me if you want to fix that.
posted by chiefthe at 2:29 PM on May 16


Signed up :)
posted by Zumbador at 9:36 PM on May 16


As someone who already has a few pen-pals, I am up for this. Thanks for sharing!
posted by Megami at 12:18 AM on May 17


Also, if you are overwhelmed I am happy to take some on - international postage is not an issue!
posted by Megami at 12:19 AM on May 17 [1 favorite]


This is so awesome,very excited!
posted by RobinofFrocksley at 3:24 PM on May 17


This is so cool, thanks!
posted by holborne at 4:33 PM on May 17


Awesome! Signed up!
posted by tipsyBumblebee at 6:29 PM on May 17


Signed up -- such a great idea!
posted by virago at 6:35 PM on May 17


Signed up! I still get a thrill when I receive real mail...especially handwritten mail. What a great idea.
posted by victoriab at 1:31 PM on May 21


Signed up! Sending and receiving mail rules.
posted by heteronym at 4:39 PM on May 28


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