If you love the romanticism of real old-fashioned letters, but have no one to write to, this post is for you!
You could always write to your existing friends or family members, but one of the things I love most about letter-writing is the way it allows me to expand my circle of friends, to make friends that aren’t dependent on my physical location. Letter friendships start out on a deeper note than real-life friendships, too; something about a letter makes one unafraid to jump right into your philosophy of life, instead of starting out with, hey, how are you, what do you do for a living, and leaving it there for awhile.
Anyway, how to find penpals! The internet is a huge help in that regard. These are some of my favorite websites for finding new people to write to:
Interpals (http://www.interpals.net): This is an enormous social network devoted to making new friends and penpals! Not everyone here is looking for snail mail pals, but plenty are, and you can do searches on all kinds of criteria. This is such a huge database that you’ll never run out of new profiles of people to write to, and it has its own communication system, too. I have met many fabulous penpals on IP!
SendSomething (http://sendsomething.net): This isn’t exactly a penpal site, but it’s a good way to find new penpals nonetheless. Its purpose is explained in its name: send something! This can be a one-time postcard, note, or anything that fits in an envelope, or it can be the start to a great correspondence. The search function is extremely basic, but just clicking around for random addresses can be fun. You’ll find the postal addresses of most members right on their profiles, and sending surprise mail is exciting.
Good Mail Day (http://goodmailday.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/call-for-scribblers-mail-artists-and-pen-friends/): This is actually a blog post with comments from people seeking postal correspondents, and the number of addresses is small, but it’s awesome because these people all seem to be really into mail–it’s not a whim, it’s a way of life! You’ll find people who write letters, swap postcards, make mail art, and more.
Livejournal Penpal Community (http://community.livejournal.com/penpals/): This community is worth creating an LJ account for! You’ll find fairly long, detailed profiles, from lots of people seeking penpals.
There are dozens, probably hundreds of other penpal sites on the internet, some good, some bad, but those are my favorites! Just do a google search if you want more, but I think you should be able to find plenty of awesome penpal friends on the above websites. Have fun with your adventure in penpalling!