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monday musing ~ a year of postcrossing

“…I would also like to take this opportunity and space to encourage you to try postcrossing and discover the wonders of it yourself: meeting new friends, learning new things and the simple pleasures of finding a card sitting on your mailbox.”

Around the same time last year, I told you about my participation in postcrossing and showed you the first three postcards I received from official postcrossing.com. I even promised to update you about my received cards which I obviously wasn’t able to do. ๐Ÿ™

I am talking about it right now because today, as if to commemorate my first year in postcrossing, I just discovered the delight of direct swapping. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, for the first 12 months of my being a postcrosser, I limited my opportunities for swap within the confines of postcrossing.com. Asking for limited numbers of addresses, as I was just a beginner and should start with few cards, and waiting for the recipients of my cards to register them before I could ask for another set of addresses. The pacing was somewhat slow but I didn’t really mind.

After a few exchanges, my sister invited me to join a couple of postcrossing groups in Facebook. And that, I guess, started it all. I saw an irresistible card posted for swapโ€”a Harry Potter postcard featuring Severus Snapeโ€”and tried my luck on direct swapping. And as it turned out, direct swapping is awesome. So awesome I couldn’t stop! ๐Ÿ™‚

No, I am not complaining. I am actually glad that I tried it as I watched myself effortlessly getting hooked on it. How happy I became every time I closed a swap, as if I just closed a million dollar deal. How the feelings of anticipation and excitement, and sometimes frustration, made everyday interesting for me. How elated I was each time I found a card waiting for me. It really made my day whenever I received a postcard or two.

This year I will try to tell you more about my post-crossing endeavors and show you the cards I received from different parts of the world. I would also like to take this opportunity and space to encourage you to try postcrossing and discover the wonders of it yourself: meeting new friends, learning new things and the simple pleasures of finding a card sitting on your mailbox.

To start the ball rolling, just go to postcrossing.com. Everything you need to know about this wonderful hobby is right there. But if you need some assistance, please feel free to comment your queries. ๐Ÿ™‚

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