First up is Janet from Words That Can Only Be Your Own, writing about how to get something more exciting than Iceland offers through your door.
I've always loved both sending and receiving mail but in this day and age, it's become depressingly common for the daily post delivery to include little more than marketing flyers for pizza delivery places, perhaps with a bill or two mixed in. So, a couple of years ago, I made the decision to ensure that, at least once a week, I had something exciting arriving in the mail. And this is how I did it...
Take part in a swapThere are tons of swaps going on at any one time, some focused on a particular subject or theme and some more general. There are so many out there in blogland that I couldn't possibly name them all, but a few I've taken part in and enjoyed include Char's regular gift swaps, Gemma's Blogger's Snail Mail project, and Hannah's craft swaps.
Don't see a swap that appeals? Start your own! I've now run three thrifty Christmas swaps plus a postal clothes swap, and I'm always pleasantly surprised by how simple they are to get organised. Plus you get the satisfaction of knowing that something you've put together has brought cheer to letterboxes up and down the country.
Start a mixtape clubOr, to be more accurate, a mix CD club. You can run a CD club with any number of participants, but 12 makes the organisation simpler: each month of the year is allocated to a member and when your turn comes around, you put together a mix CD, make eleven copies, and post them out. The club I'm a member of is run through a private Facebook group, which makes exchanging reviews of each other's CDs, picking up addresses, etc, really easy.
In the year-and-a-bit I've been a member, I've had mix CDs on themes as diverese as Nordic music, one hit wonders, music by bands containing couples, songs about books and reading... the list goes on. If you like music and can muster a like-minded group, give it a go.