Tips on Starting a Postcard Exchange Group
We often receive inquiries on how people can start their own postcard groups. The simple answer
is to get a group of friends together and do it!
Here are some tips to make it a bit easier:
Choose a moderator for the group (or ask for someone to volunteer). Occasionally it's necessary to have
someone in charge to make decisions, and it's easier if this has been done in advance.
Decide on the size of the group. In our experience, artists should plan to make the equivalent of one
card per week. This will permit each person to exchange one card a year with about 50 other people, or twice
a year with 25. Attempting to commit to more than this usually leads to stress and people dropping out of
the group because it becomes a chore. This is supposed to be fun!
Decide on a deadline. You can choose to send all the cards at one time, or as we do, at any time within
the allotted period.
The moderator should compile a list of names and mailing addresses of all the group members and email it
to everyone, so that all members are working from the correct list.
You will probably want to set up a way to communicate easily with each other, such as forming a
Yahoo group for email and photo sharing.
And most importantly, be sure to have fun!