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Old 11-11-2012   #1
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Rff Postcard Project 3!

Sorry I'm a bit late with this but let us start part THREE!...

As I have done in the past, what I am proposing is to organize a RFF postcard project.

Which means that I will collect peoples' snail mail addresses then distribute those addresses to all of us and we each then mail every one else a postcard. I will not use those addresses for anything other than this project and will not share them with anyone other than those of us who are in the project.

More specifically, that means that we each will make x number of postcards with the same photo on it to send out to all the other folks participating. Each of us will choose our own photo to make into a postcard and there are no restrictions about subject matter or gear used. Nudity may be an exception to that; I don't find it an issue but the various postal services may.

Some house keeping types of concerns that we need to figure out:

In the previous two projects we had an excellent turn out and I see no reason why that won't continue. The first one had, I think, 36 players and the second was 58 or so. Which does lead to this:
At some number this will become a chore rather than a fun thing to do.

And I know that the cost of this is a concern for some of us.
Both part one and part two cost me about the same $, even with the increase of participants. I printed my own cards for the first one and had Moo print may cards for the second one. I expect to use Moo again this time.

Last time, I limited the numbers only by the cut off date and that worked out fairly well. If this round proves to be more popular there may be many more folks who want to play.
I truly do not want to exclude any one but we do need to keep this fun. So,we need some options to deal with that, if necessary :

I see a couple of choices: One is to simply limit the number of people to some arbitrary number--this is NOT what I prefer but it might be necessary.

Another would be for me to organize two lists of people and then each of you could opt for one or both lists as your resources dictate. If that is what we do, I will do my best so that each list is as balanced between local and international (to the senders) addresses as I can.

Any ideas about how to deal with this are very appreciated, folks!

I have created an email address especially for this project so I can keep everyones' emails in one place and hopefully avoid the hiccups with missed addresses like I had last time. Once we get things sorted/settled that email address will be how I generate the mailing list.


I am figuring to collect addresses from once we settle the above concerns until 1 January 2013, then send the list out Friday or Saturday that week. Then we each should plan on mailing starting 2 February. This should give us all enough time to get through the holiday season and the associated obligations before we have to deal with the project.

Let the discussions begin!

Rob

EDIT: SEE POST #46 IN THIS THREAD TO GET THE EMAIL ADDRESS TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE!
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Old 11-11-2012   #2
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I'm for whatever you chose. Count me in!

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Old 11-11-2012   #3
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I'm in for round 3. I'm good for as many as you and the group decide on. I also may want to send 2 to reach participant since I can't decide between 2 photo's. I've ordered both from Moo and will decide once they arrive. Thank you again Rob for organizing this.

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Old 11-11-2012   #4
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Hi Rob - first of all, thank you for organizing the first two and now the third. For this third, I'd say take a 2-step approach.

1) Set a cut off date so you can see how many people sign up.

2) Depending on the the number of people who sign up by the cut-off date, then you can determine whether to just have one pool or split off into 2 groups.

Lastly, I'm in. ... and for those who plan to use Avery labels, I plan to use the MS Word template again, so let me know if you'd like me to email the completed template to you.

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Old 11-11-2012   #5
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Rob, I am in again, will mail my address to you separately.

Each time we did this , I got more efficient at printing - I am not afraid!

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Maybe we can have Set 1 for participants 1-30 and Set 2 for 31-60 and so on. This way, the ost stays controlled for thirty post cards.

In the end, we can share all sixty images here.
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I'm up for however many participants there are. If you want to divide things into groups, I'll happily be in each group.
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I've been absent from the forum for several months now due to my wife's health, but things are looking better now. It seems I checked in right on time for RFF Postcard 3!

Hi Rob, thanks for organizing this - all three projects.

I'm in.

And btw, Keith and Raid's suggestions seem like good ideas to me.
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I'll be happy to participate again. In the other thread there was this suggestion of a 'theme' to the photos, like 'My town'. It'd would be an interesting new twist to the project which I'd like. It's also in the spirit of "postcards" I'd think. But any way, sign me up for round three. I don't mind the numbers.
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Sounds like fun, I'm in. I think I'm fine with whatever number of participants, unless we're going to be hundreds.
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Sign me up for round 3! I'm good with however many participants for this round.
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Suggestion... If the count goes over 60 why don't we fix the number at that and send each person a random list of addresses. Just an idea
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Old 11-11-2012   #14
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Hi Rob please sign me up for project 3. I'm happy to go along with either idea regarding numbers
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Hi Rob,
I'd love to join in again. I like someone above's suggestion for a theme, and Kent's idea for letting any number of people join in, with some sort of random list of say 50 names given to each participant.
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I'm ready for part three.Count me in again
Thanks again for setting this up.
Sixty was a good number for me,but more is also OK
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Hello Rob,

I'm in again. And my offer stands to create an Address-Mixer-Script (see this post), if the number goes too high. It would also be not a problem to mix the addresses under certain aspect, like max number of foreign addresses for everyone (so you don't get all postcards from your neighborhood...).

Whatever you choose to do: Thanks for organizing!
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I'll join in this time. I do like the "My Town" idea.
60 sounds like a good number.
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The last one was lots of fun, but postage from Australia was expensive. Does anyone know of any company that will print postcards in the US and mail direct, at US local postage rates?
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Never got a chance to participate before. Count me in, please!

EDIT: I like the idea of two lists if it ends up being 60+ participants.

EDIT 2: kdemas idea above is even better.
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Suggestion... If the count goes over 60 why don't we fix the number at that and send each person a random list of addresses. Just an idea
We can fix it at 50-60 to reduce cost with a certain percentage of overseas cases. Good idea.
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The last one was lots of fun, but postage from Australia was expensive. Does anyone know of any company that will print postcards in the US and mail direct, at US local postage rates?
Yes, I'd like to know too...last postage bill had me living on beans for a month!

Just joking but I remember it being around the $100 mark.

It was an interesting, fun and sharing experience...so count me in!
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Yes, I'd like to know too...last postage bill had me living on beans for a month!
I've never tried them so I cannot vouch for them, but they do have direct fulfillment services. Might be worth a look-see.

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I've never tried them so I cannot vouch for them, but they do have direct fulfillment services. Might be worth a look-see.

http://www.overnightprints.com/main....iling_services
I used Overnight Prints for the previous two postcard projects. They also do my business cards and brochures, etc. I think the quality and service are excellent, but you can judge the quality for yourself if you got my cards.
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I used Overnight Prints for the previous two postcard projects. They also do my business cards and brochures, etc. I think the quality and service are excellent, but you can judge the quality for yourself if you got my cards.
Looking at one of them right now (Greensboro Christmas Parade). Nice matte print on good sturdy card stock. Based this this, Overnight Prints seems like a good option.
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I sat out round two, but I'd like to get in again for the third.
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Rob, thanks for organising this exchange again.
I'm in.
- although most of the cards I received in Round 2 were damaged in the post. Postage costs are always going to be an issue for some - internal US seem to be a bargain.
60 seems to be a reasonable maximum number.
Local views seem an appropriate subject for cards.

I thought this Round might be running now so have my cards ready to be addressed! Nothing like being ahead of myself - very unusual!

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Thanks Rob for organizing it again, I would like to be in. Up to around 50 is ok for me.
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Hi Rob

Thanks for tackling this again. I'd like to sign up for this one too.

I think two lists is a good plan if numbers go over 50 or 60. Everyone sends to the people on their own list and can choose to send to the other list if they wish. I think quite a few of us would send to both lists in practice.

I like John's idea of local views,although perhaps just local. On the other hand, I'm always happy to see other peoples work.

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Round 2 was fun but at 60 cards it turned out a bit pricey. Including the cards from Moo and postage I spend around £100 which is too much for me to spend again in the run up to Christmas. I think two groups limited to 30 would be more realistic

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I'm in! After seeing ( and discussing ) the cards with a participant from the last one, I'm jazzed!

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If sixty cards was too costly for some people, then I have no problems to have 1-40 plus 41-80 as two groups. If you want to, take one group or take two groups. It will be fun either way
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Rob, please add me to the list for round 3! The first two rounds were a lot of fun and still enjoy picking up and going through the postcards I received.

We ended up with about sixty last time and that worked out OK for me.

Would not want any one to be excluded so breaking up into two smaller groups would work. Perhaps there could be an option for some who would like to participate in more then one group. I would not mind creating a second set of cards for any members who would be listed in both groups so there would be no doubles.

Just a thought, I do enjoy receiving the cards from as many of the members who would like to participate.

Thanks once again for stepping into the breach and starting up round three!

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