I have been writing to Jo in South Carolina since June 2017. I appreciate learning from her about living on a farm.
Jo says: Well for a start, don’t begin a penpal relationship if you are not willing to keep up with it. Be sure you have the time and attention to devote to it, otherwise you are wasting someone’s time. Also don’t get in the habit of writing form letters to all your penpal friends. If you insist on writing form letters, make sure to proofread the letter before sending it! And sign your letters always.
Great tips from Jo. I had a pal once who sent form letters and it just made me feel: what is the point? In a form letter, you don’t ask questions about the other person, so you aren’t getting to know them. And for me, the whole point of penpalling is to get to know someone else. I would ask this penpal specific questions and she never responded to them. So although she did give me glimpses into her life with what she shared, it was just a monologue and not a dialogue. So I let her go.
Keep calm and write on!