Greetings Postcrossers of the world! To me this is the most fun hobby there is. I figure that I will never be able to visit every corner of the world so this is the next best thing.
To receive something from far-away places and know they come directly from there to me is the best thing. And I feel the same way about sending them - I love knowing that cards I pick out for someone are reaching them across the world. I am sure everyone here feels the same way - just receiving email does not have anywhere near the same significance. Especially for myself, being middle aged and growing up in an era where it was not possible to exchange words or cards with people in many areas of the world, I find the connection to be exhilarating. As a boy I used to research places all around the world and always wished I could interact with some people who lived there just to learn about them and the place they live, and through this site I can. I've known people who never spoke to a person in another country in their 80 years of existence, and on this site alone I am proud to say I have connected with over 10,000 people in 103 countries.
My favourite types of postcards are those that depict your country or city but I have never received a card that I didn't like.
I travel throughout the USA quite a bit for my work; while I am based in Las Vegas I am jumping all over the place most of the time. No worries; I always receive the cards you send and I register them right away. As a result, the cards you receive from me can be from all across the US. I make a point to stop in airports, gift shops, museums, souvenir shops, everywhere I go, and purchase cards. I do not send cards that are not from the US unless they are a direct match to something specific on a wish list.
I always look up your favourites as well as your received cards to ensure I do not send duplicates, and I work hard to meet your wishes to the best of my ability. It actually thrills me when I am able to match something on someone's wish list.
I scan in all cards that I receive (it may take me a couple of days if I am travelling, but I will). I generally do not scan cards that I send unless the recipient specifically requests this. The reason is that I like seeing the "battle scars" of the card after surviving the postal monster and long distance travel. To me, that completes the cycle and evidence of the journey adds some unique personality to every card.
I have over 7 years with Postcrossing and it is indeed the greatest hobby I have ever taken up. I have met so many wonderful people around the world. And I look forward to meeting you as well.
PS - the reason I have direct swap disabled is because most requests are for a specific card on my "Sent" wall, and I hate disappointing folks when I am not able to produce the same card again as I might have purchased it in a place that I will not be revisiting any time soon.