Many of us remember having pen friends back when we were at school. However, in spite
of the developments of social media, emails, text messages and other technology, the pen
friends community is still very much alive nowadays – and not just for school children

After getting back into penpalling earlier this year, I
re-discovered my love for handwriting letters the old
fashioned way. Here are five reasons to get (back) into
penpalling this autumn.

PENPALLING

YOU IMMERSE YOURSELF IN SOMETHING TECH-FREE
The main reason I re-discovered penpalling was because
I wanted to do something that did not involve looking
at a computer or phone screen. Corresponding with pen
friends involves no technology at all – you hand write
your letter on (actual!) stationery, and post it off at your
local post office. It’s great for slowing things down, and a
good reminder of the times when you wouldn’t expect to
hear back from someone in an instant – something that
many of us are hardly familiar with these days!

YOU ACTUALLY GET TO PUT PEN TO PAPER
…And realise that your handwriting isn’t anywhere as neat                                                as it used to be! Most of what we write nowadays is on
our computers or phones, and typing has fast become
more commonplace than actual writing. However,
there’s something special and more personal about
actually putting pen to paper and hand writing a letter
on some pretty looking stationery. Which brings me
to…

YOU HAVE A GREAT EXCUSE TO BUY MORE AMAZING
STATIONERY!
I know I’m not the only one out there who appreciates
great stationery. Different pens, paper, and notepads
I never knew I needed are just some of the items I
cannot resist whenever I step into a stationery shop.
Penpalling is not only a great excuse to buy more
stationery, but you actually get to enjoy using all the
pens and paper that have been gathering dust over
the years. And of course, it’s also a great excuse to get
your hands on even more stationery!

YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT RECEIVING LETTERS IN THE
POST
Nowadays, we rarely experience the joy and excitement
that comes with receiving something in the post –
that’s not a bill! Penpalling is a great way to guarantee
receiving something positive and exciting in the post,
from like-minded people in different countries.

YOU CONNECT WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE FROM
DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
Of course, one of the best things about penpalling is
that you get to make friends and connect with people
from all over the world. Nothing quite beats the feeling
of discovering similarities you’ve got with someone
who lives halfway around the globe and building a
friendship through your letters!

RACHEL SPITERI

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