Monday, December 28, 2009

November Benevolent Postcard Society offering

Benevolent Postcard Society: November

Here's what I sent out for my November Benevolent Postcard Society offering. It came from Hammerpress in Kansas City; my mom sent me this postcard with a packet of some other fun things in a letter sometime earlier this year.

Benevolent Postcard Society: November

I liked the silver ink on brown postcard so much that I drew a little kitty face. Soda is featured on the stamp.

I sent this BPS November card out so late because they had some sort of gmail glitch where people with gmail emails weren't receiving the address info, which was supposed to have been sent on or before the first of the month (so postcards could go out the first of the month).

I think the Benevolent Postcard Society is a really wonderful idea, but especially since the membership is limited, I find it really frustrating that people joined up with a commitment to send a postcard every month, and then clearly so many of them aren't following through. I have sent a postcard each month, of course, but I have only received one for September. Whoever was supposed to send to me in October, November and December either didn't, or it's gotten supremely lost in the mail. I could accept those odds with one postcard, but I'm sure at least two of them just never bothered to send one. The gal behind BPS wrote a very tactful post reminding members of their commitment to send postcards, and asking them to be honest and just withdraw their names from the pool if they couldn't really send the postcards every month.

I've found this experience to be very typical of the idea-vs-reality ratio of letter-writing and snail mail. A lot of people really love the idea, but lack the follow-through. I certainly don't mind that for my pen pals - write when you can, and drop off if you must - but it makes me doubly appreciate the ones who have been writing faithfully for years. It's just a little microcosm of life, I guess - there are those who talk about it, and those who do it.

Be a doer.

Go write a letter, or a postcard.

(And if you're a member of the Benevolent Postcard Society - send your postcards when you should, or gracefully bow out!)

To end on a positive note, though, the recipient of this postcard wrote me back a really nice postcard, which included her own artwork that was delightfully modified by her kitty. I still owe her a response - so I guess I should quit talking and start doing, and go write a letter myself!


  1. wow what an awesome post and funny but I just put a post card in the mail for postcrossing to luthiana. I know spelling is terrible . Oh well funny i should read this after a post card sent .

  2. How frustrating that the Benevolent Postcard Society members are slacking -- I didn't learn about the project until membership had closed, boo hoo.

    It IS disappointing how the initial enthusiasm regarding postal pursuits often trails away to nothingness. Good intentions are thrown about with wild abandon. I'm trying to be more of a doer, but the low response rate to my efforts is maddening.

    I've heard that sometimes, persistence pays off, so I'm trying that route for now.

  3. Holy crap. You must have about 5 different versions of the same essential comment -- I just realized your comments are moderated. I thought I was having browser problems.... I think I've done this before on your blog, too. AAAAAAAAAAAGH.

    I'm having a bad internet day today.

  4. Carrie - PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF!!! A year ago I started this blog because I didn't get enough letters... and now I am swimming in them. Good luck.

    I love the Good Mail Day line - if you want to get letters, send letters. The ratio isn't 1:1, but it definitely works in constant practice. You DO have to write to the right people, but that comes with time...

  5. Hee hee... I just saw your second comment and just approved it. I love the bad internet day comment. I know those.

    Umm, my comments are SO moderated... else you would all be subjected to the same crazies that I must filter.

    Seriously, no joke. It gets a little icky at times.

  6. Yeah, I am bad at follow-through too. Growing up I've always been very enthusiastic about writing letters, but I'd always give up on an exchange about three letters in. So I'm glad I haven't given up on my penpals that I've made this year yet. :) Although I went the entire month of October without writing a single letter, I think I got back on track (mostly). It's hard to be super busy with school and have a lot of other hobbies. But you're right - if you want to get letters, send letters, and so I'm gonna keep trying.

    But I won't commit myself to something that's monthly. I know my procrastination habits too well, sadly!