A couple of months ago, I finally dove in & joined Postcard United, a young imitator of Postcrossing. I went full-in, even chipping in as a supporter, and sending out my full initial allowance of 12 postcards at once (well, in 3 days’ time, plenty “all-at-once” for me).
I figured I would wait to check back in here until all 12 cards had landed at their new homes, but 59 days later, the card I sent to Chile is still unaccounted for, even to the point of an emailed inquiry I dashed off to the recipient going unanswered. So, let’s begin to look at the cards I’ve received from my fellow Postcard Uniters, and some of the lessons I’ve learned.
Lesson One: Your name might be assigned to a person who was previously assigned to you!
My very first Postcard United card (the Bethany Beach, Delaware card) was very confusing; it had a USA ID written on it, but the message read: “thank you again for the postcard…” I thought this person had written my card ID on a thank-you card, so that I would know it was from her, & about the card I had sent. I went to enter it, just to make sure–nope–she had been assigned me, as well. A person here in the U.S. (Bethesda, Maryland), leading me immediately to…
Lesson Two: You will sometimes send & receive cards to people in your own country.
In Postcrossing, this is an opt-in situation. Postcard United is not that sophisticated–and not that large. In fact, I got another card (the church one, from Newburyport, Maassachusetts), from a U.S. person to whom I’d sent a card in my initial PU batch.
The very attractive card from Nassau, The Bahamas, came from one of only two Postcard Uniters in that country–both of whom I sent a card in my initial batch!
Finally, in this first handful I am sharing, the tall cards at upper left & upper right of the image are both from Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia—from the same person!
Lesson Three: You may be assigned the same recipient more than once!
I guess I will need to set up a Postcard United spreadsheet, so that I stay interesting! Don’t want to send the same person the same card, saying the same thing, more than once! I learned that this sender has a format for her messages:
“Dear ____, Greetings from Malaysia. Good day to u. Sending u this (card description here). Hope u like it. Happy Postcard Uniting.”
So, there are just the first five of 14 Postcard United incoming cards I have received so far. Actually, that leads me to a 4th lesson!
Lesson Four: Postcard United isn’t horribly organized!
I guess all the other lessons touch on this in some way. But why to I bring this up at this point? I’ve “sent” 11 cards (as in Postcrossing, cards you’ve mailed only get marked as “sent” once they are received; as I mentioned, my card to Chile has apparently never landed). Sent 11– but have received 14! That seems to be quite the discrepancy. I think there are just not enough members to have things too evened out; those happily clicking to send a card, to have their itch scratched, may sometimes have to send to someone not quite actually deserving of a card at that time.
I’m learning more lessons already, even without having yet dipped into a second round of clicking “Send a postcard.” More news later!
Take a look at these stamps! I always love Malaysian stamps, and now that I’ve seen what the Bahamas have to offer, I love them, too!