Join Date: Sep 2007
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I stumbled upon the thread for the first failed attempt at a journal swap and then went looking for any more tries that might have worked. From reading the threads I seem to think that the problem might actually be just having too many mommas for the journals to go through.
I'm thinking it might work better with a limit of like 5 mommas or so that pass in a continuous circle every two weeks. Everyone will get their journal back sooner, there's less of a chance of it getting lost, the mommas who have each journal will be easier to track down and if there is a problem with someone sending the journals on we will know sooner and they can be dropped and the list adjusted.
I think with only 5 or so people it would be much more likely to achieve the results we want. I REALLY want to make this work, and I know there are other mommas who were really into the first swaps, but unfortunately missed out on what could have been an awesome opportunity.
For anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about, here's a brief overview. We can decide specifics if there is interest. Each person gets a small journal or notebook (I'd say at least 100 pages) and writes a small bio in the front then passes it on to their designated person, who then adds their own bio and writes in the journal for a week or two (depending on what we decide) and mails it on to the next person, so for example the list would look like this
1 sends her journal to 2 who sends to 3 who sends to 4 who sends to 5 who sends it back to 1.
1 ALWAYS mails to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, 4 to 5, and 5 to 1 that way you only have to keep track of 1 address. You are responsible for paying postage to the next momma with delivery confirmation. If it is done correctly though we should be able to use one bubble envelope for each journal all the way through if we just change the mailing label.
Once we all get our original journal back we can then continue on if we want to...
The entries can be as detailed and as personal as you feel comfortable with. you can add photos, draw pictures, include awesome recipes or do whatever you feel like will add to this momma's awesome keepsake.
I'm really hoping for some interest, I'm sure there are at least 4 more mommas out there who would be really committed to this project. Come on ladies!
Momma to my pants pullin down, potty learnin, "Beeeeeg Boy" who now knows his, phonetically difficult for a toddler, name! Plus 2 dogs, 35 rats, & 5 or so bunnies