Friday, 16 October 2015

Spoonie Post


After talking about Spoonie Post for months on Twitter, working out logistics, finding out if people would be interested, Data Protection bits and bobs, it's finally ready to go, and I'm extremely excited.

What is Spoonie Post?

Spoonie Post is a project that came to me once I moved three hours away from my family and friends. One of my closest friends and I began writing to each other, we send cute postcards sometimes containing a sentence or two, or little care packages of goodies. We never tell each other when we're mailing so when the postman arrives there's a little surprise that brightens up our day.
 

When I suggested the idea to the Spoonie community on Twitter, so many people were interested in taking part. It can be lonely and isolating as a Spoonie, so receiving a letter or postcard knowing that someone else has taken time our of their day and thought about you seemed like an awesome idea. It brings a little piece of happiness to somebody else. 

How does it work?

The aim of Spoonie Post is to contact, cheer up and support as many Spoonies as possible through snail mail. Ideally, participants will send and receive mail from a different Spoonie each month. Spoonie Post is not a Pen Pal project but a way of sending a smile through the post.

All you have to do is email spooniepost@hotmail.com to highlight your interested in the project. State your name, address, Twitter handle and whether you would be willing to mail your letters internationally - remember international postage fees.

Once I can confirm that you are active in the Spoonie Twitter community, I will randomly select a Spoonie for you to correspond with. 

You can send a postcard or a letter. You can write as much or as little as you like; a simple 'I hope you're having a good day. Thinking of you,' is more than enough. However, if you prefer to write a five page letter, be my guest.



Rules

Send your name, address, Twitter handle and whether you would be willing to post internationally to spooniepost@hotmail.com

If there is a specific Spoonie you do not wish to correspond with, let me know immediately. None of this information will be passed on.

You must be part of the Spoonie Twitter community, I'm not going to be dishing out addresses to random people. 

Follow @SpooniePost on Twitter.

When you receive an address, please send snail mail within two weeks.

When you send mail, sign it with your name and Twitter handle.

Unless you have mutually decided that you will become Pen Pals with the Spoonie you correspond with, delete their address. 

If you decide to become Pen Pals with a particular Spoonie, email Spoonie Post to inform me of your further correspondence as this is no longer part of the Spoonie Post project. 

Once you have sent and received mail from a Spoonie any further correspondence is your responsibility and not part of the project.

You will be sent one address when you first sign up, and another address one month after, if you decide to continue participating in the project; to do this email Spoonie Post requesting another address. 

When you post your snail mail, tweet or email Spoonie Post letting me know that Spoonie Post is on its way.

If you receive a Spoonie Post tweet a picture or a thank you, tagging the sender and @SpooniePost 

Make sure you pay the correct postage so your recipient receives their mail.

You can remove yourself from the database at any time, send me an email. 

Technical Bits

I've recently completed a course on Data Protection and as Spoonie Post is a non-profit organisation (it's hardly an organisation) my responsibility is to keep all the information participants send to me safe. If at any time you no longer want to send/receive Spoonie Post, drop me an email and I will remove all of your information from my database.

I am not accountable for any misuse of information by a participant of the project. I will only give out addresses to Spoonies that are active in the Twitter community.

Obviously, all postage and stationery fees are to be paid by the sender. 

By agreeing to participate in Spoonie Post you are agreeing to its rules and regulations.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Email: spooniepost@hotmail.com
Twitter: @SpooniePost

I hope to hear from you soon. Please share this post with your Spoonie friends and let's send some words of wisdom/happiness/encouragement to your fellow Spoonies.

2 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic idea Sarah & one I'm very excited to be a part of. I love that it isn't a 'let's pair everyone up & create pan pals' kind of thing, but something more one-off, from a different person each time! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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    1. That's what I was thinking. It'll be completely random then and you're more than welcome to become Pen Pals but that's not what the project is about. Thank you x

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