I’m old enough to remember life pre-Internet: when international calls were expensive, fax machines were the height of office technology, and most people still sent everything by post. Over the years I watched the amount of actual post I receive dwindle until my grandmother, still defiantly refusing to join the technological revolution, became my only snail mail correspondent. My grandmother has been warning me of her imminent death for years, and while I refuse to believe a word of it, I did allow myself to entertain the possibility briefly last September, and realised that in the event of her unlikely death, I might never receive snail mail again (Lakeland catalogues don’t count).

Something had to be done. I Googled ‘pen pal clubs’ and found that someone had set one up specially for me: the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club. I registered, and signed up for a penpal.

What started as a quest for a penpal, somehow turned into a way of life over the succeeding months: I registered for more penpals, found a whole community on twitter, started swapping doodles, sent and received a ‘Love Your Inner Geek’ parcel, took part in the IgglePositive project (still ongoing), swapped ATC’s, decorated an insane number of puzzle pieces, sent a gift from a fictional penpal, penned a few blog posts, joined a Comic Book Alliance, signed up for a virtual Summer Camp, discussed recipes, and generally fangirled over all kinds of games, tv shows, art, stationery, comics, books, and films with my fellow Iggles. Oh, and I now own a LOT of washi tape.

I think C.S.Lewis may have been talking about IGGPPC when he said:

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

So Happy Anniversary IGGPPC, and here’s to many more!