I feel like most people here, or even the four and a half months I have been here, the members of this forum have at some level come into close contact with each other. Some by awesome MSN group conversations, others by actually deciding to meet up here in person which may have been a result of those conversations. More or less, each of us have associated with people we tend to feel a connectedness to.
With that said, I want to create a forum project by extenuating these relationships we have with each other. I got to thinking and one of the first things that popped into my head was a pen pal system. I always enjoyed having pen pals in elementary school because it expanded my horizons that some other person, like all the way in India, felt the same about speaking with someone across the globe - and the chance of the two of us ever interacting in the future is very small.
Despite the end-all of receiving those letters, I had a tad of skepticism about the letter being from another student and it actually being hand-written by my teacher. At least in this method of the pen pal system we'll have a way of evaluating that.
To do this you'll need to be open with yourself about who, while getting to know them, feel you can trust on a personal level and wouldn't mind receiving a gift from. My list is relatively small in who I want to give gifts to, so please don't take it to heart if I didn't send you anything. If I contact you, then you'll know I want to be your pen pal.
Send all pen pal requests, including the address you want the package delivered to and practical information, to that person through email or IM; anything other than what the public eye can see.
As far as the actual pen pal exchange goes, handwritten letters, obviously, are the gist at what this thread drives at. But I want to put a little twist on it. Instead of just receiving a written letter, as is not hugely different from leaving a regular message on someone's visitor messages in terms of what is content is entailed; including a present, like a funny comic you came across or a miniature antique for example, is what I'd like to see out of everyone's pen pal exchanges, though not required. Something of interest which is shared between the two of you. Use your judgment on what to give based on the quality of that friendship. Common sense, basically.
At any rate, I'd really like to see a lot of people in on this forum project. I think it can bring us closer as a community, even those of us born in the beginning of this forum's launch like myself. We can always learn something from each other.
If you have any questions about how this works, general or specific alike, don't hesitate to jot it down here or private message me.
Godspeed, pen pal enthusiasts!