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The Snail Mail Collective: My Collected Thoughts

15 Jun

What kind of blogger would I be if every so often I didn’t look and see what else, if anything, is being said about this pen palling hobby of mine? I found a few posts worthy of the like button, but the one that really stood out for me was The Snail Mail Collective— too bad it disbanded in December of 2013. Generally I love the idea of them matching bloggers– people who don’t necessarily pen pal– up with each other to have them send a package of goodies along with a letter. There are a few things I would have changed to make it better though, since how it was set up is not something I’d sign up for if it were still up and running.

First and foremost, I’d make the “different countries” part optional. You may only be spending $7 on the gift, but in my experience, shipping anything bigger than a letter internationally has cost me double that gift amount. While I have no issues writing to someone from another country, requiring me send a package is reason enough to make me decline. I passed on a lot of swaps in the LEP because of the risk of $14+ postage.

The other thing I believe should be offered is the option to choose the age range and gender of your partner. I’m not going to go too crazy and say I want to only be paired up with a fellow 27-year-old woman, but the thought of potentially exchanging with a man in his 40s or 50s makes me uncomfortable.

The gender option could look like this:

I’d like to be partnered with a

  • Woman
  • Man
  • No Preference

And the age option could look like:

I’d prefer to be matched with someone

  • Under 30
  • 30-49
  • 50+
  • No Preference 

I know this would have potentially added to the Snail Mail Collective’s workload, but I think it would have been beneficial in the long run. You want to know that your participants aren’t going to feel as though they’re in an awkward situation.

If the SMC was still active, my last piece of advice would have been to offer a longer sign-up period as I think the “impulse buy” would have been their friend. Hypothetically if I would have found this in December instead of several days ago (the same day, just different month), I would have just missed the cut-off, and I’m 100% confident that if I didn’t think “my collected thoughts” had blog potential I would have closed the window and forgotten all about it. Yes, I saw that you can request a reminder email, but giving me time to mull over something will lower the likelihood of me participating. If I could have signed up right then and there I probably would have, vowing to keep it small and only doing it the one time.

I posted the following hypothetical question in my Facebook group on Friday:

If there was a blogger who made it his/her mission to connect other bloggers together through snail mail– the catch being it could be anyone of any age from anywhere and you had to send them a package as well as a letter– would you think it was the best idea ever, or would you wish that you could opt for someone around your age who lived in the same country as you to avoid crazy shipping costs?

Should you be reading this post of mine, you’re more than welcome to answer that as well– here are what some of my pen pals had to say:

“I’d wish I was a better blogger!”

“I’d be okay with any age, but I would want them to be in the same country…international shipping is crazy expensive.”

“It would depend on if they were from the states. They’re age wouldn’t make a difference to me and it’d definitely have to be another female.”

As for what my mother said…

“I can see why it didn’t survive though.  The issues you point out are big.”


I’d be lying if I said there’s not a part of me that’s thinking about creating a Sincerely Kate version of this, but the other part knows that I don’t have a large following like The Nectar Collective. The likelihood of me being able to match up those who would be interested with someone, at least anyone outside of the US, is slim to none. Feel free to comment whether you think it’d be worthwhile or not, but in the meantime I’ll stick to organizing a Christmas in July Secret Santa or me and my pen pals.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Throwing Snowballs Instead of Throwing Heads

5 Dec

Hola! In addition to being nominated for the award I originally created, Container Chronicles also nominated me a few others *throws confetti* (Since it’s December, the thought of throwing anything reminded me of the song “What’s This” from The Nightmare Before Christmas in case you were curious about the title of this blog… like my mom was.)

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg


  • 1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.
  • 2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen– there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required– and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
  • 3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them.
  • 4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/
  • 5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear Share your blog posts with  an even wider audience.
  • 6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars! (There are graphics with more stars highlighted should you be nominated for this more than once).

Since I’m accepting four awards today, I shall nominate four people for this specific award:

ABC Award

Here are the rules:

  1.  You must display this award on your blog.
  2.  Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who awarded you.
  3.  Present 8 deserving Bloggers with the award.
  4.  Link your nominees with the post and let them know of their award.
  5. Write a word or phrase about yourself for each letter of the alphabet.

Here are my ABCs (and yes, I know X is a cop-out and V is just weird):

Amazing                                                                              Notebook Junkie
Blogger                                                                                Obsessive
Collector of Gnomes                                                      Pen Pal
Dear 😉                                                                                 Quirky
Emotional                                                                           Reader
Friend                                                                                    Sinful
Gleek                                                                                     Tomfooler
Homebody                                                                          Unwritten
Idealistic                                                                              Voluptuous
Jolly                                                                                       Wannabe Writer
Kit Kat ❤                                                                            Xtraordinary
Lover                                                                                     Youthful
Mommy                                                                                Zentangler

And here are my eight nominees:


The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly.”

Rules for this award:

1. First, display the award on your site. You earned it and you deserve it!
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post.
3. Nominate 15 well-deserving bloggers for the award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site.
4. List 7 interesting facts about yourself

7 interesting facts:

1. I have a plethora of questions I like to ask each of my pen pals, and I’m going to use my answers for this set of facts.

2. If I could have a superpower, I’d want what Monica had in season 2 of Heroes. Having knife skills in the kitchen or even wrestling moves just by seeing them would be incredibly convenient.

3. If I could have 50 pounds of anything, besides money, I think I’d go with clothes and divide the weight among me and the boys (e.g. 10 pounds of work pants for Gabe, another 10 for winter-friendly apparel for the Loganator, etc.). Unless gift cards are acceptable, then I’d go with those instead.

4. As a kid, three things I collected were keychains, Beanie Babies, and Goosebumps books, and as a teenager I collected shot glasses, hoodies, and “princess” stuff. These days I’ve been collecting postcards, lined stationery, and gnomes.

5. If life was a movie mine would be called Little Wonders, Maggie Gyllenhaal would star in it, and the soundtrack would include “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind, “I Could Not Ask for More” by Edwin McCain, and “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas.

6. If I had to choose an anthem for myself it would be “Unwell” by Matchbox 20.

7. The three things I’m thankful for right this second are leftovers from Hungry Howies, a new episode of American Horror Story, and these blog awards, of course!

My nominees:

The Woman's Skirt Award

My rules:

  1.  Post the award on your blog and who nominated you
  2. Share 8 things about yourself
  3. Nominate 8 people and let them know

Despite the rules, since I nominated eight people when I made this award I’m not going to nominate more people. However I didn’t share eight things about yours truly last time so I shall do that now that I’ve won this award myself…

  1. Despite making this award, I’m not a fan of wearing skirts.
  2. I do not own a single pair of heels.
  3. A goal of mine next year is to win at least five more awards… and for people besides my mom to nominate me (wink wink, nudge nudge).
  4. Another goal is to get 100 followers and for them to comment on each of my blogs to the point I can end each post with my favorite comment from the previous entry.
  5. Things I literally want include Sims 3 and a bookshelf.
  6. I am determined to get Logan an ornament for Christmas every year and Gabe’s just as determined to get him a John Deere tractor.
  7. Most of our Christmas shopping was done before Thanksgiving for the first time ever.
  8. This award seems a bit ironic after a post like this!

Congratulations to all of my nominees; I hope finding the award I chose for you wasn’t too much of a challenge! It’s been great following your blogs and being followed myself (in a non-stalker way, of course). Keep on keeping on!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Introducing The Woman’s Skirt Award

15 Nov

I have been nominated for a handful of blog awards recently and I got to thinking… I want to make an award of my own!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:The Woman's Skirt Award

The point of this award is to acknowledge bloggers who we believe have found a good balance with their posts. Whether they’re long or short, they said what they needed to say yet didn’t go on and on just for the sake of reaching a word count.

Here are the rules: 
1) Post the award on your blog and who nominated you
2) Share 8 things about yourself
3) Nominate 8 people and let them know

The first eight people to win this award are:
The Moody Reader
Fish of Gold
Hacker. Ninja. Hooker. Spy.
Not a Punk Rocker
Thoughts Appear
Container Chronicles
Opi’s Sims
My Postcrossing Adventure

The last two blogs belong to two pen pals of mine, just so you know!

I’m looking forward to seeing this award pop up around WordPress!
Shout out to Rena for bringing my graphic idea to life 🙂

Sincerely, Kate ~!~