How Can You Find A Pen Pal?

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Locating a snail mail pen friend used to be quite straight forward. All one needed to do was to have a look at the Melbourne Beach Rat Removal personal columns of news papers and magazines and write to some pen pal clubs who had their adverts there but the internet changed all that. People deserted snail mail pen friend clubs in favour of online dating sites however there are those that are not computer savvy or want to correspond with others the old-fashioned way, the benefits of this are the dangers of online dating compared with correspondence by letter. What can be more private than receiving a handwritten letter through the post?

So how can you make the first contact when there are so few in any correspondence clubs advertised in the papers? The most obvious solution to that is to do a Google search of pen friend clubs. I know that may sound contradictory to my previous statements but some snail mail pen friend clubs have gone online but have retained a snail mail option. Some safe guards need to be put in place when making any initial contact online which includes not using an email address in any advertisements you place or set up a separate email address for the sole purpose of finding a pen pal.

Writing to the editors of overseas newspapers is another way to find some pen friends. You can do a Google search to find the addresses of local newspapers in the regions where you would like to make new friends. This can result in some enquiries.

An alternative is that you can make the initial contact through dating sites but request in your profile that you’re trying to find snail mail pen friends. There’ll be a certain number of people who prefer contact in this way.

I first started writing to pen pals in 1985 after discovering an ad for a pen pal club at a British magazine and ended up subscribing to their contact magazine. Most of the advertisements in the magazine were from the United Kingdom. I wrote to several who promoted but my most important responses came when I placed my own ad in the magazine. I got up to about 30 responses from a number of the ads I placed and some I clicked with and got around to meeting up together once I travelled over to the United Kingdom. Other people who have began writing as pen pals ended up being married to them if that was their intention or not, who knows? It just shows you a fascinating hobby such as writing to pen pals may have a significant impact of where your life goes.

Corresponding with people from different countries and other cultures can be a rewarding an interesting pastime. There are fewer pen pal type publications available these days because of the popularity of dating sites and those that remain, have an online presence.

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