Hey everyone. So I had this idea, but the idea is very, very basic, so this post is to find out if anyone would be interested, and if people are, how to go about it.
Over the years, I have been a huge fan of writing letters. I can't count the number of penpals I've had, and ot describe the enjoyment I got from receiving a letter and responding. I had at some point come across a blog for blogging penpals, and thought it was a book blogging one, but it's actually a beauty one - see here. So, looking at it, I thought it may be cool if there was some sort penpal scheme for us book bloggers. A few people said they were interested on Twitter, so this post is to discuss!
Would you be interesting in becoming penpals with another/other book blogger/s? If so, how should we do it?
Those who want to take part would provide information such as whether they would want a penpal from home or from abroad, or either, and also their mailing address - which would obviously be kept safe. They would then create a post/page on their blog that is easily found, with a little penpal "bio"; a few things about themselves, their hobbies, where they're from (general, not specific - i.e. London), etc etc. Once there have been a few requests for penpals, people can be matched up. There may be other specifics we'll need to take into account for matching which we could discuss. A blogger will be sent links to those bio pages of a few bloggers to see if these are people they'll want to write to and know what to respond to, and then mailing addresses are requested.
Actually, having just written that out, it sounds a little complicated. I'm now thinking a blog, inspired by the beauty blogging one, should be set up for it. People's bios/descriptions of the type of people they would like to write to will be added to the blog, and people can browse through and see who they may like to talk to. These bios/descriptions can be separated into countries, so people can find people from where they're from if they want to stay within their own country, but also by type of blog - i.e. YA, fantasy, classics, chicklit, etc, so people can find like-minded bloggers.
What do people think of the one linked to above? I don't personally like the gift idea, I'm more for the letters themselves, I don't need to receive gifts, but maybe the way they run things is something we could discuss. What do you think? I think, seeing as that blog inspired the idea, they should be credited as inspiration for the idea. We do not need any more controversy. If there are enough people who are interested, I think I'll get in contact with them anyway, just to make sure there's not going to be any issues.
But obviously, if there aren't enough people who are interested, it won't happen. If you are interested, please say so in the comments, and it would be cool if you could tweet the link, too, please - the more people who know about the discussion, the easier it will be to decide whether we're going to try and do something or not. Thanks.
Anyone else have any other ideas? Or things you'd want to discuss, maybe something I haven't yet thought of? If people want to take part, we need to be happy with how things are done. So comment away!