To recap the ideas that were tossed around:
- Set up a blog for the scheme. 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.
- The person running the blog doesn't have the addresses - there is no address keeper. Only you give out your address. For example: Blogger A sends an email about writing to Blogger B that goes to whoever is upholding the Penpal blog. They then pass the email on to Blogger B, who can then check out Blogger A, and decide for themselves whether they share their address or not. If they want to, they email Blogger A themselves, but if not, so there aren't any issues, they email blog upholder saying no, who emails back Blogger A to say Blogger B declined the penpal request. Does that make sense?
Below is a form - if you're interested in taking part, please fill it in. This is just so I have some record of those interested, where people are from (I think the last time round, everyone was from the UK, so it would be good to see if there will be changes this time round, or if it will just be a UK thing), and what their blogs are.
Please also comment to show your interest, so other readers can see how many people are interested too. If you have any ideas or problems, please comment with them too. Thanks!
And if you could tweet or RT my tweet about the scheme, I'd be grateful. It would be good to see if more people are interested.
N.B. The idea for this scheme came about because of something similar I saw for beauty bloggers. As you may be aware, there was some drama a while back where a book blogger plagiarised a few beauty blogs. So there's no cause for problems now, I have emailed the people who run the other site asking if they have any problems with us setting one up. I can't see there being a problem, but I don't think we should actually do anything until I hear back, just to be on the safe side. Hope you understand.
UPDATE: I have heard back from the blogger who runs the penpal site for beauty bloggers, and she has no problem! So as long as enough people want to take part, this will go ahead! :)
UPDATE 2: Enough people registered their interest, so head on over to Book Blogger Penpals to sign up if you're interested!