A special call for postcards
This is Ana, your community manager speaking. I'm usually the writer behind the posts that you read on this blog... but today I'm writing this one as myself, to personally ask for your assistance.
You see, in about a month, I will be in Portugal, standing in front of an audience of several hundred people from various backgrounds, to tell them about Postcrossing and the simple pleasures of receiving mail. The problem is... I'm willing to bet that 99% of them have probably never received a postcard, or don't remember the last time that they did. How can you empathize with something you've never experienced? While brainstorming a plan for making this work, I reached the inevitable conclusion: I have to show them!
So, inspired by Oprah, my idea is to surprise many of the conference attendees with an unexpected postcard written just for them, which they would receive during the talk!
I could write all the postcards myself... but I think it would be much more interesting if the postcards came from different people all around the world, with their own stories and details.
So I wanted to ask... would you mind writing a postcard, and giving me a hand? I would be really grateful, and you'd be helping all these people re-discover the magic of postcards! :)
Interested? Got a neat card that you don't mind sharing? Then mail it to:
We've received sooooo many cards in just a week, that I've decided to remove the address, as I think they'll be more than enough. Thank you so much! :)
What should you write on it? Whatever you like, really, but here are some ideas to get you started:
- How do you feel when you find a postcard on your mailbox at the end of the day?
- What does Postcrossing mean to you?
- What have you learnt or discovered through postcards? What would you teach this person?
- What was the most inspirational talk you've ever attended or listened to?
- What is special about your city or country?
Or you could just describe what you did today and what the weather is like where you are... anything goes, really! :)
That's it! Those who know me, know that I'm a bit shy and not particularly comfortable with the spotlight... I'd like to think that, by carrying your postcards with me, I'll have a little bit of your support on that stage.
Thank you so much in advance! :)
I thought I'd add a couple notes to clear up some of the questions that have come up in the comments:
- Please don't put my name on the postcard - the cards are not for me, they'll all be delivered to the attendees. The address is a PO box, it works fine without a name. - If you want to write a salutation on the message, keep it simple and flexible with an "Hello" or "Dear attendee"
- The event takes place on March 8th... so please send your cards soon! :)