Best Buddies

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have never had an e-mail friend before, what do I do?
A: This friendship can be just like any other friendship you have; except it takes place through e-mail. Remember, you and your e-Buddy were matched because you are interested in some of the same things. That way you can start e-mailing your e-Buddy to discuss those interests. Just remember; be yourself, write about things that interest you and ask questions about your e-Buddy.

Q: How much information about myself do I need to share with my e-Buddy?
A: It is up to you and your e-Buddy to decide how much information you want to share about yourself. You should take your friendship at a pace that is comfortable for both of you. If your e-Buddy asks questions that you are not comfortable responding to, reply to your e-Buddy that you are not ready to discuss that information at this point. You should not share your phone number, mailing address or personal e-mail address with your e-Buddy.

Q: If my e-Buddy does not e-mail me, should I still send them e-mail?
A: The e-Buddies commitment requires you to e-mail your e-Buddy once per week. It is extremely important that you make writing an e-mail to your e-Buddy part of your weekly schedule. For example, make every Monday write your e-Buddy day. Sending weekly e-mails will allow you to maintain your e-Buddies commitment and let your e-Buddy know that you are thinking about them.

Q: What happens if I am not able to e-mail my e-Buddy every week?
A: e-Buddies understands that there are times that you may not be able to e-mail your e-Buddy every week (i.e. vacation, illness, etc.). If you know in advance that you will not be able to e-mail your e-Buddy in a particular week, let them know. If you will be unable to e-mail for more than a week, let your e-Buddy know as well as well as e-Buddies staff. In general, you should make it a priority to e-mail your e-Buddy once per week.

Q: How do I get a conversation started with my e-Buddy?
A: Conversations through an e-mail friendship can be started the same way they are through other friendships. You can start by writing about something you like and asking your e-Buddy if they like it, too. Some ideas include: Favorite holidays, seasons, sports, movies, TV shows, music, family, pets, hobbies, vacations, and food.

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