I have been attempting to widen my circle of friends lately and have consequently begun seeking pen-pals, mostly by email. I often use a version of the same letter when I first contact someone new, and am afraid I may we wording something incorrectly as I rarely get the response I seek.
Usually I begin with happy greetings. Then I add a small summary introducing me which includes a bit of my personal history, most notably of the recent move my family made leaving our nation of origin due to sudden political changes. Since I do not wish for my new friends to assume I am asking for some kind of hand out, I reassure them that my family is not now destitute as my spouse had transferred our savings to a bank that is outside of reach of the political insurgents. Unfortunately the bank is only temporarily outside our reach as well, so I do make a small request for some personal information from my new friend that I hope will strengthen the bonds of camaraderie.
Meanreader, I barely get responses to my emails, even though I send messages to as many people as I can. Should I promise my new friends more of a reward for their personal info, maybe include a picture of a puppy? What do you recommend?
Saddened people aren't trusting anymore.