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Long letter pals ~ zoom in on your life ^.^

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Long letter pals ~ zoom in on your life ^.^
Swap Coordinator:taoiionam (contact)
Swap categories: Letters & Writing 
Number of people in swap:62
Location:International
Type:Type 2: Flat mail
Last day to signup/drop:October 15, 2011
Date items must be sent by:October 29, 2011
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

I absolutely ADORE long letters and I'm sure there are some people out there who feel the same way ^.^ For me, the main purpose of penpalling is to make a good friend to share everything with and a fat letter that tells about special moments and daily routine, dreams and hopes, culture and customs, ideas and philosophies absolutely makes my day. It's just fabulous to make a cup of tea and spend about an hour reading a letter in your favourite armchair ^.^ Of course, time and efforts are needed to establish such a connection, but this swap should give us a chance to find people we really click with as letter writers and to make a new friend ^.^


So, here are the rules:

--> you need to HANDWRITE an intro letter that should be at least EIGHT A5 pages (= 4 A5 sheets) or FOUR A4 pages (=2 A4 sheets)

--> fill your letter with details of your daily life! You take a train to work? Your cat just gave birth? You love tomatoes but hate eggplants? Boring, huh?? Nope, it could actually be pretty exciting for somebody who has never had a cat or eaten an eggplant ^.^

--> show something of your inner world... describe a dream you had, tell about a person you love, share a wish that has finally come true...

--> take a look at your partner's profile and show that you've read it... Ask some questions about his/her favourite crafts... Comment on his/her favourite music etc.

--> (this one is just a suggestion) your letter doesn't need to be a literary masterpiece, but it would be nice if it had some structure and a nice feeling about it... Maybe you can imagine chatting with a friend in a cozy café and recreate this atmosphere ^^

--> For some people it will be a piece of cake to talk about themselves and fill endless pages, but some might find those page requirements intimidating, so I will give some hints of what to write about...When you write your letter, please include at least THREE of the topics/questions below:

  1. What do you see from your window while you're working?

  2. Tell about the last song/movie/poem... that has touched a string in you.

  3. Describe a moment when you felt truly happy about being alive.

  4. Introduce your best friend.

  5. What was the last thing that made you laugh?

  6. Who was the last really weird person you've met?


Please rate 5 when you've got a handwritten letter that meets the length requirements. Everybody has his own definition of 'boring' and 'awesome', if you feel you don't click, it's not exactly your partner's fault.

You don't have to answer the letter you received, but I hope that you will want to ^^

If you don't enjoy reading and writing, please don't join this swap ^.^

I will allow unrated swappers, because it has been brought to my attention that a SB newbie is not necessarily a penpalling newbie, but BE SURE that I will read profiles carefully and won't tolerate flakers! I will watch your SB behaviour and will kick out anyone who joins this site & swaps out of boredom and never logs on again!

I probably can't write a monster letter to 10 people and I really hope there won't be any flakers, but if somebody gets flaked on, I will angel in some way, so that at least you will have something nice in your mailbox.

I also want to remind everyone to rate non-senders and late-senders accordingly! I'm not asking you to be mean, I'm just asking everyone to stick to the SB rules and to accept their outcome.

  • If you don't receive anything and don't hear from your partner at all, please rate 1.
  • If you receive a letter that was sent weeks later than the deadline without communication, rate 3.
  • If you receive a letter that is less than EIGHT A5 pages (= 4 A5 sheets) or FOUR A4 pages (=2 A4 sheets) as stated above, rate 3.
  • In all other cases, I believe your common sense will be a good guide ^.^

Discussion

nana713 10/ 1/2011 #

I'm already getting some awesome ideas for this. Hehe. ^_^

taoiionam 10/ 1/2011 #

In fact, I can't wait to start swapping ^^ I wouldn't make such a long deadline if I didn't go on holidays ^.^

gertrude2809 10/10/2011 #

LOVE your swap, already started on my letter a bit! I have a question though - do I necessarily HAVE to include the points you mentioned in my letter, even if I have plenty of ideas myself? If I do not write about any of these, my letter will not be legitimate to the swap? Just checking :) Greetings from the US

taoiionam 10/11/2011 #

nope, if you can write a fair bit and fill it with your own ideas, that's perfectly ok too ^^ I'm not forcing anyone to write about special topics, but as the definition of a long and interesting letter is rather blurry, I came up with some suggestions... I - personally - prefer talking about the 'inner world' of a person, but I guess diversity is the best strategy to write something that pretty much everyone will enjoy ^.^ Still, it's YOUR introduction!

KikoLala 10/13/2011 #

I've been swapping for quite a while so I feel silly asking, but just to clarify so I know what I'm getting myself into-- 4 A4 pages is 2) 8.5x11 sheets, front and back? Thanks!

taoiionam 10/14/2011 #

(getting out my inch ruler) .... uhmmm... YES ^^ approximately... I'd like to point out that size and number is most relevant for RATING... I would encourage everyone to write some more than that ^.^

angellarae 10/14/2011 #

Hey guys! I just started a new group: In My 30's Pen Pals. I'd love for you to join if you're interested! :) Can't wait to find out who my partner is for this swap...

taoiionam 10/14/2011 #

Haha, I'm not in my 30s yet, but maybe I can join later ^0^

alkalinekiwi 10/16/2011 #

I'm happy to angel a letter or two if there are any flakers.

sgjolinar 10/16/2011 #

I can totally angel this if need be. <3

taoiionam 10/16/2011 #

Thank you very much ^^ I still hope there won't be ^.^

taoiionam 10/22/2011 #

hey folks! I've seen that a few people have already got great ratings for their terrific letters! Thanks everyone for sending some happy mail ^0^ I'm writing my letter now <3

angellarae 10/24/2011 #

I'm getting started on my letter today! I'll be happy to angel for any flakers too. :)

Newfie 10/25/2011 #

I sent mine last week and forgot to mark it SENT

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