I was part of the first journal swap. It was fun, but there were some glitches and quite a few people ended up not getting journals regularly or not getting their original journals back in the end.
But I love the idea of a pen pal. I love writing and receiving old-fashioned letters. I would recommend just pairing two people up, maybe for a few months, rather then trying to coordinate a whole group of pen pals. The facilitator of our journal swap did a fabulous job, but it was a lot for one person to handle and when something went wrong I know she felt bad about it.
Zachary (Jan. 16, 05), Blossom (Sept. 14, 08)