I'm going to start my Snail Mail themed challenge off with a few words about mailing addresses- how I have gotten them from pen pals, how I handle my own, etc.
First, the LetterMo event in February was just spectacular! I made so many new friends, reconnected with old ones, and generally had a ball. By participating in LetterMo and logging into the forums as a member, I could find pages and pages of biographies with addresses of people to write to. The rules are the same as any other social setting: only post your personal info if you are comfortable with people seeing it and using it to write to you. Some participants didn't want to post their stuff for the world to see, so we had the option of sending them a friend request and private message first to introduce ourselves.
LetterMo introduced me to the use of a site called Postable. It's completely secure and encrypted. You send a link which takes whomever to a short form. They fill in the info and TA DAA! Now you can send out Christmas cards, graduation/wedding/birthday/your cat's baptism/Marvel comic book reading party/whatever invitations with ease! I really love mine and it has been super useful.
Another online tool I have used to meet pen pals is a site called Maarten's Snail Mail Pen Pals Online. I found it around 2 years ago. Again, people can list their info if they want to, or they can ask that prospective pen pals email them personally for it first. I have sent and received some of the most fantastic letters to people from this site. You can search for pen pals by age, gender, country or state. The site is updated every few weeks with new and current listings.
Street Address VS P.O. Box
I've been pondering whether I should change over to a Post Office Box for all of my letter writing, instead of my street address. There is added security in a P.O. Box, as people can't just Google Map it and start knocking on your front door one day. But to the rest of the world who
Posting Photos (especially concerning other people's addresses)
One thing that has come up often in discussion among those of us who not only Snail Mail, but then Blog about said snail mailing, is that if you are going to post photos of your incoming and outgoing mail, even if you care nothing about hiding your own address for privacy, for Pete's sake, hide the other person's info! Some of us cover over the addresses with a scrap of paper, others take the photo before adding the info, and still others use image editing software to cover the addresses. I do the last one, like so:
Other Fun Address Stuff
Two of the longest street names in the world:
Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Drive, in the UK
Northeast Kentucky Industrial Parkway, in Kentucky, US
Arguably the longest town name in the world:
Llanfairpwllgwynllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, in Wales
Two "longest place names" of the world (as found here):
Tetaumatawhakatangihangakouauaotamateaurehaeaturipukapihimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuaakitanarahu, a hill in New Zealand
Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnopparatrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkattiyavisanukamprasit, the official (native) full name of Bangkok
Whether your address is an Avenue, Street, Boulevard, Road, Route, Drive or anything in between, I think it's simply amazing that a letter gets from one place in the world, to the intended recipient- very often on the other side of this planet we call home! I'm not even sure what's the furthest away I have gotten a letter from. Probably Australia. But I've received some from China and Hungary too! What's the furthest away you've ever gotten mail from, readers?