So, what do you do when the first set of requests start to fizzle down? You look for another avenue or community where people talk about postcards. Next step was to visit the forums on Postcrossing. I've been on postcrossing for about a year. Participation on the site itself had been lacking, so I decided to get check out how people interact on the website besides the random postcard connections set up by postcrossing itself. Found such a lovely warm community. It's been around for 16 years now. People randomly chosen to send postcards from all over the world.
Postcrossing is something I had looked at before when beginning "The Tender Two" blog. Ruby and I had been writing letters since childhood, and decided to share our writing adventures online in a blog. I also had postcards from other childhood friends and family. My auntie would send them from all over the country when they were roadtripping somewhere, just to keep us informed. It was some of my best memories. Those cards and some from my dad are the base of my collection now.
While exploring the snailmail memories on The Tender Two, I had found postcrossing and tried to participate. It was very short-lived. I just couldn't find a way to keep up. Not wanting to tarnish the reputation of both Ruby and I, since we are partners online, I thought it would be better to step back until I could find a workaround. It took almost 4 years to get back. however, being back in a real capacity to participate in exchanges and the community itself. "In all the way" and "Never Look Back" were the relief I felt when going through the forums on their website. Other postcrossers were warm and inviting. Helpful too!
Never too afraid to ask for help, I posted in the forum about the Empress Lilly cards and asked how other postcrossers enjoy the hobby. There were a few who actually responded and tried out the form.
More Empress Lilly went for a trip. Here they are!