You know how fun being a Secret Santa is? Spending weeks to find that perfect gift for someone who doesn’t know who you are. Now imagine that on a larger scale and set in our bookish blogosphere. Sound good? Then you might just be perfect for the Secret Sister project!
Secret Sister is an initiative set up by three lovely ladies: Alyssa, Amy, and Brittany. Together, they form On the Same Page. The project is an international incentive to spread cheer throughout the blogosphere for six months at a time. Once paired with a secret sister, you will send them a package each month based on their likes and dislikes (which you will know thoroughly thanks to a questionnaire everyone has to fill in). You can send them anything! A book on their wishlist, candles, fandom tops, food from your country, the possibilities are as wide as your imagination.
In return, you will also receive such a package from an unidentified person for six months. These will also be catered to you as a person, so make sure you fill in that questionnaire as detailed as possible!
Money issues? Not a problem! There are four tiers you can choose from: $5-$10, $15-$20, $25+, and pen pals. So what you spend (and receive) is entirely up to you. What’s important to remember is that the focus lies on spreading positive thoughts and joy, not presents (but let’s be honest, presents are fun).
My second round of OTSPSecretSister is almost over and I’ve loved it just as much as the first time. It’s so much fun to put together a thoughtful package, wrap all the presents, write a letter or a card, and send them off to your unknowing sister. You can create boxes with different themes, such as villains or Disney. You can form really great connections with your sisters, even if you don’t know who they are. An example of this is Celine’s open letter she wrote me on the blog when my identity was still a secret.
Now that we’ve covered the fun and games, it’s time to have a gander at the rules. These ladies have been hosting this project for over two years, and such a big project always comes with a few issues. Therefore, the list of rules has become quite long, but it’s really in your best interest! It won’t do to suddenly decide to drop out of the project and leave your sister with nothing. Therefore, you need to make sure to really read the rules and get to know the hosts so they know who you are and are able to trust you to do this for six months. Sign-ups for Round 5 start next month, so get smooching! Go follow Alyssa, Amy, and Brittany on Twitter – this is the best way for them to get to know you. Talk to them, reply to their tweets, just so they recognise you when you finally fill in that sign-up form. At least, that’s how I charmed my way in. *puts on sunglasses*
It really is a fun and unique way to spread and receive a little monthly cheer. Have a look at #otspsecretsister on Twitter to get a better idea of this lovely project.
Are you a secret sister?