What's your Postcrossing goal?

Thanks a lot for these very kind words :blush:

Indeed, it is disappointing but I am lucky, I am just staying in Egypt for a few months, but for the local postcrossers, it is really problematic, knowing that sending a postcard is very expensive here. Three years ago, it cost 10 Egyptian pounds (it corresponds to one kilogram of banana), and now it’s 80 pounds. I know an Egyptian who send and receive postcards/letters from time to time, and all the registered envelopes she receives are open before by the postal services (to check what’s inside), and she even has to pay to obtain it… She stopped Postcrossing now because it is really too expansive, but told me that before stopping, the postman would ask her every time she saw her: “Why do you keep sending letters? Don’t you have more interesting or fun hobbies?”.
So it’s definitely not easy to be a postcrosser in Egypt!

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My goal is to send and receive nice cards with nice and interesting messages.

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I was wondering about this. I’ll be travelling to a couple of rare countries this summer, and I’m wondering how far in advance I needed to stop sending cards to open as many slots as possible (I’ll only have 6 since I’m still very new to this - in fact, I’m still waiting to receive my first card!)

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I just want to reach 100 travelling cards hahah. Unfortunately some cards can take really long to arrive and I’m still at 14 at the moment. :laughing:

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I wouldn’t call it weird at all :wink: many postcrossers like to do the same, even with US national parks. There’s series of postcards - like those from Paper Sisters and FOTW - that seem to be a goal, too.

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My goal may sound a bit out of the ordinary compared with that of many Postcrossers.

In writing postcards to strangers, I aim at getting myself inured to small talk, to conversing with others in a socially appropriate way across cultures and languages.

In my daily life, I speak very little but given time and a dictionary, I can write a great deal. This ‘bad’ habit may have something to do with the pathologies I have suffered from since early childhood, namely OCD and autism. One aspect of OCD is perfectionism. When expressing myself, I always feel that I have not explored the idea thoroughly – nothing is ever complete, good, or simply perfect enough. For instance, when writing a college-level essay on a certain topic, I would be obsessed with each single detail surrounding it, and people often thought I was writing a PhD thesis. My sentences get longer and longer, and structure more and more complex, to the point of sounding pedantic. Once in my life, I meant to apologise for an offense committed in my youth (somehting that appears to be so insignificant that the person had long since forgotten), and I ended up writing a 200-page letter / confession because there were so many things I wanted to explain.

To some extent, I kind of praise myself for being capable of writing such things. I mean, they are beautiful prose, but very few people can read them without the slightest uneasiness. (If anyone is interested, there are some of my youthful writing samples on my website under ‘writing’.)

So, I want to train myself in writing succinctly by maximizing meaning while minimising expression. Regular-sized postcards are the perfect medium for this practice: space is too small for developing a Theory of Everything but ample enough for introducing myself and greeting others. I am also training myself to deduce what the recipients would be pleased to receive by reading their profiles. Ordinary people may not have much trouble coming up with such intuition, but I as an autist have really struggled throughout my life to ‘read people’s mind’. As I have confessed elsewhere, I think so far I am the one who wrote things that others didn’t enjoy reading, but I think I am improving, though slowly.

Folded cards or letters would be out of question, because I will just keep adding pages to them :sweat_smile:

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As an “ordinary person” I can relate to a lot of the things you mentioned. My small talk skills have drastically improved over the years, haha. During the first few years I never knew what to write on the postcard (or I was inspired but then it would be too long and wouldn’t fit the small space). It has become so much easier now! I still struggle with hurray messages though. That’s my next challege, haha.

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I am surprisingly glad that you can relate to what I said :smiley:

Ordinary people tend to find me exagerating – not even my long term penpal would be willing to read a 200-page letter in one shot :sweat_smile:

How are we supposed to send the hurray messages? Is it through the message system or on the forum?

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Well you can’t blame them, 200 pages is already a book :smile:

A hurray message is the message you write the sender when you register their postcard (when your postcard is registered you receive an email titled “Hurray! Your postcard ID to Country arrived!” with that message. So people call it a hurray message). I would like to write more than just something like “Thank you, I like your postcard” to make it more personal but it is difficult for me to think of something more to say.

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I’d like sending cards, its interesting how different the people are.

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Greetings to all! In addition to the exchange of postcards, I like to track their “difficult” path. Here is one example . From the Russian Federation to Mexico, the postcard went through two transit countries: Serbia and Netherlands, and returned through one country -
Latvia

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Hello, my goal is to get a card from each major league baseball fields!

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Now that would be really awesome.

How can you know the route of your postcard?

My goal is to make my huuuuge stash of unwritten cards and mint stamps smaller. But it seems a mission impossible. :grinning: And spread some joy besides! :postcrossing: :postbox:

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Hello. I am sending custom postcards with a tracking number .

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A completely futile goal :smile: I know. I too have tried it.

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I want to get to “30 traveling cards”. That way I can plan to send a card a day. But I’m far from that, too. I am juuuuussssstttt waiting for one more of my sent cards to arrive to put me at 13. I haven’t done the math yet to figure out how many sent cards will get me to 30 Traveling, but at the pace my official cards are going, it will probably be years!

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I’m on 34 now, so I think the 30 mark must have been 1,050.

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How do you see a postcard’s journey?

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