This is a rework of the old “Adventures of the Traveling Portcard” that Carpe Librum did years ago. I thought it was time to rework it and start it back up. So, read on for Getting Started, How to Fill, and the FAQ.
Find a postcard you like that is 4″ x 6″, or 107mm x 152mm. This allows the postcard to easily fit in a normal envelope, as well as not requiring additional postage.
On the back, address the postcard to yourself. At the top, post the swap (CL: Traveling Book Card), and your Swap Bot name. Then, draw pairs of lines on the message side of the card. Aim for 4-7 pairs of lines.
When you’re done, this is how the backside of your postcard should look:
Now, stick it in an envelope. You’ve completed your first round.
How To Fill
Once you’ve received a postcard, you will be filling out one of the sets of lines. The top line is a book you recommend and the author. Then, the bottom line should be your Swap Bot name, and your location.
This is how it should look if you’re the first one to fill it out:
You can choose how you want to put your location in. You can choose your town, state/province, and country, or some combination of them. At the very least, include your country so we can see where the postcards are traveling to.
Round 2 and More
For the rest of the rounds, you’ll be filling out the postcard like you did for the previous rounds. It should look like this:
Filling the Last Space
Because the spaces on the cards will vary from 4-7, you may get a postcard where you will be the last to fill it out. Once you’ve filled it out, put a stamp on it, and drop it in the mailbox to be sent home. If you’re feeling nice, and can read the username on the postcard, you might want to drop the owner a message to let them know the postcard is on the way.
At this point, you’ll be without a postcard to send out, so feel free to start up a second one.
What if I can’t participate for a couple rounds?
If you’re unable to participate in a round or two, it’s okay. Real life and other obligations do pop up, and I understand. If you miss 1 or 2 rounds, it’s not a big deal. However, if you go three rounds without signing up, you will be listed in the “return to sender” list, and your postcard will be stamped and returned to you.
I want to drop out. What do I do?
Contact me via Swap Bot message. Let me know you’re not going to participate, and I’ll give your my address. Put the postcards you have in your possession into an envelope and send them back to me. DO NOT just stamp them and send them back to their owners. The exception to this is if they’re full. Your name will go on the “return to sender” list, and your card will be returned to you.
I have more than one postcard in my possession. Do I send them all on?
If you have 3 or fewer cards in your possession, send them on all at once. If you have more than 3, please contact me. I’ll give you my address, and you can send extras to me. 3 postcards fit nicely in an envelope, without requiring extra postage in most places.
Do I have to use a new book on each postcard?
No, you can recommend the same book on each postcard.
I’ve already gotten this card once. What do I do?
Put another book recommendation on it. With a small group, it’s likely you’ll see a card more than once.
I didn’t get a postcard, and it’s almost time to send out. What do I do?
Start a new postcard. You may have 2 or 3 postcards out at one time, depending on how quickly mail gets to you.
I received my postcard back. It hasn’t been stamped, and it’s not full. What do I do?
Send it out in the next round. Since we’re a small group, it’s entirely possible you’ll see your card before it’s full.
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