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It depends on the situation. I have many pen pals that I exchange long letters with on a frequent basis - we met through zines, though I can't always remember our first real contact. Obviously we traded at some point in time and wound up becoming good friends out of it. I try to write letters to anyone who's zine has meant something to me, whether it's because I can relate to the content or because they did an awesome job of it or whatever. I also review zines on my blog and try to notify zinesters when I've reviewed one of theirs.
I am sometimes weary of writing to new zinesters. I'd love to provide feedback and encouragement, but a lot of new zinesters seem to get really upset at any sort of criticism that's tossed their way, which can be frustrating. So some zines just get set aside and forgotten. Also, I find that first zines are often all over the place content-wise, so it would be kinda difficult to write a letter saying, "That's cool that you interviewed that band," or "I like that photo on page twelve," when there isn't much personal content to really comment on or create a dialogue about. I like a good, long perzine.
I receive quite a few letters in the mail regarding my zines, but it wasn't like that when I first started making them. You just have to be patient.
I would also like to note that snail mail rules way harder than email (if you can afford the stamps). That said, I mailed you a letter the other day and am totally looking forward to hearing from you.