So I was feeling kind of down this morning because the Booklovers Secret Santa has opened up and I can’t afford to participate it in this year. Nor can I do the LibraryThing Secret Santa, or any of the other book Secret Santas, and overall it just really sucks for me.
But then I got to thinking. I can’t afford to send a BOOK through the mail, but I can afford a card or two! A card costs a fraction of the postage that a book costs, even internationally, and so the idea of a book bloggers holiday card exchange came upon me. And then I thought that maybe some other people would like to exchange cards, too! So I’ve come up with this:
1. You sign up for the exchange by November 11, 2010.
2. You get the name(s) of your partner(s) by the…
13th 15th!, let’s say.
3. You send your partner(s) a card by December 3, 2010. I think that should give them enough time to get to the recipients by Christmas, yes? And if you want to throw in a corner bookmark or a book-related sticker or something that’d be totally cool.
4. You get a card from your partner and you feel really awesome about the holidays!
The twist? Since it’s a book-lovers card exchange you have to do one of the following things:
1. Write about a book you’ve read recently.
2. Give a few book recommendations to your partner based upon their interests.
3. Tell a book-related story.
4. Something else book-related that you think up yourself.
You see?! Whatever you write in the card (besides “happy holidays” of course), has to be book-related! Ha! Doesn’t that sound fun? Yes?
SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED.
It is open internationally; you will have the option to send domestic or international when you sign up. You can also sign up for more than one partner if you want– up to five– but you HAVE TO SEND TO ALL OF THEM. Yes.
1. You HAVE to send a card. A card is something like this. You can make it yourself or buy it at the store. If you run out of room to write in your card you can continue on some separate sheets of paper, but you can’t just write a letter full-stop. The card itself doesn’t have to be book-themed OR holiday themed (but it might be nice if it was). I would personally refrain from sending specifically religious-themed cards, because that sort of thing tends to offend people, even if you didn’t mean to offend them.
2. You HAVE to write something book-related in your card. You can’t just say “happy holidays.” You COULD just write a list of books and that’s all, but I don’t think that’s in the right spirit, do you?
3. You DON’T have to send anything else but the card, but if you want to stick in something else that’d be fine. But it has to be flat enough to fit in the envelope– no upgrading into package territory, here.
4. The most you should spend is $5. The point of the exchange is that it’s cheap enough for us money-less people to participate in, so everything should cost $5 and under. I don’t even know if you can BUY a card that costs more than $5. A fancy bookmark, maybe.
I’m doing this by myself, so I’m the only one who will see ALL the information. You partner(s) will be the only ones besides me who will see your address/email/etc. After the exchange is over all the info will be deleted.
One More Thing
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment here or email me about them! I’m sure I’ve forgotten something. Also, please do spread around the link for this post! Feel free to take the graphic and post it somewhere.
Update: Got your card(s)?
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