Hello, all! A little while ago you may have seen Alyssa asking around about a “Secret Sister” project. The great news is, we have decided to put this project out into the world and we are finally ready for sign-ups to begin! Together Alyssa, Amy, and I as co-hosts for On the Same Page will be bring you THE SECRET SISTER PROJECT! For those of you who aren’t sure what this is, well, everything is explained below!
A secret sister is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!
Sign-ups run July 18- July 25. You will be paired up with your secret sister by August 1. This will run for six months from August 1st, 2014 – February 1st, 2015.
You guys! The only “rule” we have is that before signing up, you must “know” at least one of us. As in, we must have spoken on Twitter or SOMETHING. We are just really concerned with someone not following through, and that would just make a bad time for everyone. Also, we might be limiting the number of sign-ups so it doesn’t get too out of hand, this is just a trial run! If we have good success with the first round of Secret Sister, we can expand to accept more people! 🙂
What will I have to do if I sign up to be a secret sister?
This is a commitment, we can’t lie to you. By signing up to be a secret sister you are promising to send at least one small card/gift to your secret sister a month. It is very important that you don’t sign up for this unless you are willing to follow through. Please think of how sad (and unfair) it would be for someone to be working hard to make their secret sister feel special and not receiving anything themselves!
Do I have to send presents?
No, you don’t have to send anything big. This really is meant to be more of a cheering up sort of club. However, in the six month period we will be going through Halloween, Christmas, and maybe your secret sister’s birthday! It is encouraged that you send one or two presents during these six months (think a book from their wish list, some Halloween candy, or if you’re feeling really fancy, some flowers for their birthday!) Honestly, this is as fun as you make it!
Do we have to remain secret?
No, though that is part of the fun! Just leave your name off of the card or box you are sending if you want to remain secret, and reveal yourself when you send a Christmas present, perhaps? It is entirely up to you!
So how do I sign up?
Easy! Just fill out the form below!
How are you pairing people up?
People will be paired somewhat randomly but we will also try to take general tastes and preferences into account because it’s just more fun to buy for someone who has similar tastes & lifestyles!
We are opening sign-ups to international bloggers as well but since there will be a smaller number of international participants and it will be more challenging to pair them up, we can’t make guarantees about pairing up international bloggers to others within their same country/region. If you are an international blogger signing up, please indicate somewhere in the notes if you will NOT ship to any specific areas. We will do our best to match international folks by area!
We will not be pairing up US/Canada participants with international participants due to shipping costs. As far as within the US, we will be focusing more on similar tastes/lifestyles than region 🙂
Anything else I should know?
For fun, take some pics of your goodies and share them with us using the hashtag #OTSPSecretSister or follow one of us (or all of us at On the Same Page) on Twitter!
UPDATE! For all those who weren’t able to get in the first round of Secret Sister, we will be opening up sign-ups for round two soon! Check back for sign-ups around the first week of January. Alyssa, Amy, and I will all have sign-ups posted on our blog so you only need to sign up once! The next round of Secret Sister will officially start on February 1st, 2015.