Sending postcards is one thing I enjoy doing. Yes, along with travelling. And as an aside from being a wahm, a cook, a blogger, and whatnots, I still find time in my hands for it. I’ve been sending self-made ones to my closest friends whenever we travel to a distant city.
I have also been a member of Postcrossing. It’s a project that operates online, allowing its members to send and receive real postcards from all over the world. Although it is actually an account opened for my daughter. I share with her the joy of picking postcards to send, and sorting which a postcrosser would want received. We would be writing the addresses and notes and stamping them. We would then go together to the post office and send them postcards.
Helping Post Offices
It is our way of helping the post offices worldwide. What with the electronic counterpart of postcards and private couriers, less and less come by to use their services, forcing a lot of them to shut down – worldwide.
Although we also buy a lot of stuff on amazon and other online shops, sending postcards is the same principle when you get happiness for giving more than receiving.
Creating Postcards Help You Stay Creative
At some point, I would make postcards from my own shots as these two here. I would have them printed as many as possible and sent to friends and postcrossers. Below would be my son tiptoeing on cobblestones at one of Vienna’s hidden streets. And the foremost photo, although nothing’s written was the first postcard I sent out to friends. I still have a lot of postcards printed, from the flowery places in Vienna, to the mountainous areas of Salzburg.
There’s no limit to what you can print, you can arrange a set of pretty stuff, flowers, a note, a pen and print that out. You can even take a dramatic photo of a chess set and print that and send to a friend you used to play the game with.
Digital Postcard Printing
Though I advocate traditional postcard sending, I wouldn’t say no to a free online service to print and send postcards. When a friend told me about a Touchnote Postcards promo, I immediately made use of my photos to send around the globe. Touchnote, founded in 2008, allows users to upload images or source them to print, sent from their headquarters in London… It’s a really convenient service because there’s really not much to do than upload, know and type in your friends’ names and addresses and voila! Postcards would arrive after 2 or more days.
Below is a shot from Nuremberg’s market in Germany. I wasn’t able to send postcards from there so I made this via Touchnote from one of my shots.
The inputting of address on a sender’s part has been an issue to some, citing that well, it is never advisable to give out addresses like that to any third party. So far, there are no reports regarding this relating to any form of privacy infringement. :/
It’s the Thought that Counts
Well and good, some of my friends have been posting what they receive on their blogs, others were personally thanking me (via facebook and twitter) and others I think, weren’t able to receive them. I sent about 80 postcards last month, have you received one too? Let me know by commenting, leave your url post so I can visit if you’ve posted yours!
Oh, should you be wanting a postcard too, I’d be happy to send you one, just privately message me your home address then.
Franc Ramon says
Your postcarding is really a great way to touch friends as it’s really adds a personal touch to your tokens. It’s good that there are free online printing and sending of post cards.
Gemma|My Dailies says
I love postcards! I was actually thinking of starting snail mails again.. but for some reason, I didn’t push through with it. Ok, Ok, maybe because, posting pics in the net is a lot faster… but then again, there is still a delight on receiving one in the mailbox!
Great shots by the way! .. and I’ll check out Postcrossing site!
Cris | Pinay Thrillseeker says
80 postcards in a month??? Wow. You really love it, I must say. I love postcards and I will be checking Postcrossing, too. 🙂
Mai Flores says
I’m happy to know that you’re giving the post offices there some business still. Anyhoo.. thank you again for sending me two of your lovely postcards! I’ve placed mine on my corkboard actually. Both of the photos above were the ones that I received actually. 🙂 Thanks again for sending these to me, Marie. 🙂 <3
Sending postcards are not that popular these days compared to decades ago when people send mails and greeting cards through the post office. I’m glad to hear that you do this traditional way of keeping in touch with your friends. Such a very thoughtful gesture.
carizza chua says
oh i also love collecting postcards! but not as big as your collection! hahaha i keep the ones from my friends and loved ones 🙂
My Daily Mumbles says
You have done a good job with your shot because it really looks like a post card.
Teresa Martinez says
I like your postcards. They are picture-perfect and yet very personal.
Adeline Yuboco says
One of the great things that I love about technology is that they made things like postcards and handwritten letters so much more valuable and precious. It’s become one of my top souvenirs for myself when I travel now.
weee! got the one on top! thanks! Oh, and I remember I’ll write a post on it. (filler.. :P)
#TownExplorer | @edmaration says
Amazing task! I used to collect postcards, but I buy them at the bookstore, lols I am thinking of doing it too for my readers, hehe.
yup, kinda sad that a lot of post offices were closed… i’m glad you guys are doing something to help them. thanks nga pla… hehe. Yahweh bless.