I decided now was a great time to touch base on my other mail experiment I had embarked on. For those of you who have been with me for awhile, know that I started postcrossing late last year. And I have to admit, about 15 cards into it, I was ready to stop. The postage is expensive and the lack of instant gratification was annoying (i.e. international mailing times), but I also discovered that I don't really love postcards of places I haven't been. Weird huh? As that is the main premise of the site.
So I actually requested people consider sending me stationery or made items or random mailings. I'd say about every fifth mailing was something awesome- 2 were stationery notes from the Netherlands and Poland! A few were handmade or self photo'ed postcards that I actually love! I know I shouldn't expect folks to go out of their way and (the language barrier), but about the 4th card in a row that just said "Happy Postcrossing" and I was done!
Until . . . . . I remembered that giving is always better than receiving!
I like to send out pieces from my massive collection of stationery that fit what folks want and whatever other bits they request. If they do request a PC, I happily oblige, but if they seem open to something else. . . well that's where the fun starts! The last 2 stationery pieces I sent, hit the mark! I received some very nice thank you emails telling me how much they appreciated my non traditional postcrossings. Both actually went out of their way to look at this site and email me through it! These ladies both received guinea pig stickers as well as a hand written notes on a stationery item with a theme they requested. So my spirits have been lifted and continue on, I will!
Thanks Anoeska and Nika! Your encouragements were very much needed and came at the right time!
So that's where I'm at with postcrossing. I mostly like it!
The Moral: Keep sending good things and good things will come back your way!
|a little something for the royal wedding|