As I've mentioned perhaps meepillion times before, I like to do Postcrossing. It started as a way to cull and cultivate my postcard collection ("Why do I keep buying postcards when I never SEND them? And how can I get postcards from ____ without traveling there?"), but it has turned into something I'd be reluctant to admit to friends: pre-buying new postcard sets on Amazon.com; storing the cards sorted into clementine crates so I can find the right one for each recipient; sheet after sheet of stamps so I can use, say, a Ronald Reagan, a Shelter pet cat, and an American clock, instead of the boring 98-cent stamp; etc.... *drifts into postcard reverie*
DomestiKook and I were discussing one of the BIGGEST THINGS about Postcrossing, which is "What do you WRITE on the postcard?" It's to a total stranger and you'll never write to them again. Some people write "Happy Postcrossing!"---which has led a surprising number of people to put in their profiles that they want the sending to "WRITE something, not just 'Happy Postcrossing'!"
I will tell you what I do. I write: "Hello! I'm [age], married, with 5 children and 3 cats. We live in the [adjective describing size] [adjective describing area of country] state of [name of state]. -Kristen" (sometimes I accidentally start to write Swistle).
If I have lots more space or feel more chatty, I might add something about our state: "We're known for [food item], [character trait of residents], and [scenic attraction]." Or "This postcard is of ________." If the recipient has expressed a liking for something I like, I'll say, "Oh, I like ____ too!" If they've described their cats in surprising detail (age, sex, coloring, temperament, fur length), I'll describe my cats in similar detail. You could also write "I'm a [profession]," "I can't have pets where I live now but when I can I'd like to have a ____," "I like to [athletic activity] and watch [type of movie] movies," "My favorite authors are ______," "My favorite celebrities are ________," "We've been married for ____ years," "We used to live in ____," "I was born in ____," "My ancestors came from [country] in [year]."
Paul thinks this is kind of boring, but I like it when I receive postcards that say those sorts of things.
Some people like to write secrets, and that can be fun too. I got one that said "I will tell you a secret: I'm in love with my best friend. I'm going to tell him this afternoon!" (My reaction was more "NOOOOOOooooooooo!" than "Yay, I'll bet it's going to work out great for them!") (I've read He's Just Not That Into You.)
From the review blog: La Crème coffee creamer review, with a $100 Visa gift card giveaway. Ends March 31.
From the Milk and Cookies blog: letting a child wrap a gift, without losing your mind and half a roll of wrapping paper.
From the baby name blog: Can you use the name Natalie for a baby who wasn't born at Christmastime?
From Hilarity in Shoes, I suggest two posts: Two Times a Bridesmaid in which she does NOT kill rabbits with her mind, and Whine School / In Lieu of a Revelation, in which a professor refers to Canada as "a purely agricultural society."
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