Comments for postcards | First edition

While I’d like to think that I only blog for myself and for non-selfish reasons, I would be lying. I blog for friends and family, yes, but I also have darker aspirations – aspirations of fame. Not crazy fame, of course, but just some recognition. I guess that’s also why I take photos – I hope that people will appreciate them, comment on my work, and follow what I do. I would love for someone to find what I post helpful. I would love to feel that all of this effort isn’t for nothing (aka, just for me, which isn’t nothing, but you know what I mean). In short, I would love for my blog to get a stronger readership base, but especially, I would love comments.

A comment, on a blog post or a photo, is a grand gesture. To the non-blogger, it may mean nothing and seem like nothing, but I think that I can safely say that all blogger long for comments. Comments are like gold stars – it means “I was here and I cared”. You may not have liked what I wrote, but it was significant enough to give you the desire to comment. Comments make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It makes me smile and happy. Even constructive criticism is welcomed – how else could I learn and grow?

Now, I know that begging for comments is petty and somewhat defies the point, but I thought I’d give it a shot. Why not? One of my goal this year is to boost my blog readership, and this might be a good starting point.

As an incentive, I have come up with the Comments for postcards “contest”. Purchasing postcards and mailing them are part of our traveling life, but they do add up, sometime to the total of 1 daily budget. Because of this, each month we have to decide who gets postcards and who doesn’t – this way, you get decide if you’d like one!

This month, postcards will be from Laos. Incredibly beautiful, limited edition postcards have been purchased – none of that run-of-the-mill mass-produced stuff! The images come from the “A Taste of Laos – Portraits and landscapes depicting moments of life in Laos” by Adri Berger, an exhibit currently showing in Luang Prabang at the Big Tree Gallery Café (worth a stop if you are in town). Adri is a super talented guy – I would not hesitate to put any of the pictures from this exhibit on my walls (if I had a home).

Should this first edition prove to be successful, I might turn this idea into a tradition!

Comments for postcards rules & fine print:
– There are only 12 postcards – 3 of the postcards are reserved for our moms and dads. This leaves 9 postcards available on a first come, first served basis. Moms and dads can still comment though!
– Feel free to comment even if you do not want a postcard!
– If I do not already have your mailing address, I will use the email address used in your comment to obtain your address.
– Postal systems are slow in Asia, expect a delivery within a month or so.

PS. Should you also be in Luang Prabang looking for a different way to explore the area, Adri gives 1 to 3 day photography workshop which take you through the city, on the Mekong and to neighboring ethnic minority villages. I wish I would have know about this earlier!

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About Magalie

Canadian girl living in Texas, off to see the world when she can!
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20 Responses to Comments for postcards | First edition

  1. Anne says:

    Very cute! You have motivated me to leave my first ever post. Your blog and flickr keep me entertained, and I love postcards… 😉 Keep the blog updates coming! xoxo

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  2. Ginger says:

    Actually, I just posted a comment on the RIP Yellow Hoodie blog. ! 🙂 I’m so good, I amaze even me sometimes. xoxo

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  3. Julie says:

    Coucou Magalie!

    Je viens de (re)découvrir ton blogue… Tes photos sont superbes!

    J’aimerais bien recevoir une carte postale du Laos, si l’offre tient toujours!

    Julie Trévily-Pigeon
    C.P. 54
    Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
    J3B 1K8
    Canada

    Bonne année à vous 2!

    Julie xox

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  4. Julie says:

    Oups! Mauvais code postal……… J’aurais dû écrire J3B 6Z1!

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  5. Laura says:

    Alright I’m in! I’ve been enjoying reading along. Hey a tip if you want to boost your readership: read and comment on (leaving a link back to your own blog) other well-known travel blogs. If you do so regularly and leave interesting comments, people will start clicking through to your own blog. One you might enjoy is Camels & Chocolate at http://www.camelsandchocolate.com, she is a travel writer and excellent photographer and updates frequently with great content from all over the globe.

    Anyway Kels & I moved in together a month ago so one postcard would do for both of us! I will email you our mailing address, I think I have your email in my address book…

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    • Magalie says:

      Thank you for the tip Laura! I do want to really work at it this year. I think blogging more often is step one though! Which is also in the books… I will get there eventually!

      Postcard coming your way!

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  6. Viet-Tu says:

    This is big for me. I’m a blog stalker (I’ve been looking up your posts everyday since we’ve returned from France and oh joy, today there was a new one) and like to remain invisible/silent. But I LOOOOOOVE postcards. By the way, I also love the net picture.
    Take care.

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    • Magalie says:

      Merci Viet-Tu! I know I should be blogging more often, and I really want to! I’ll get there some day. I’ll send you the net postcard! BTW I have a wrong address for you, I’ll email you to get the right one 😛

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  7. Ashley says:

    Woohoo – we already made the postcard cut once since you left and now I’m determined to make it every month you do it! I miss you both xoxo

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  8. seeharhed says:

    I miss Luangprabang.. I miss the foods and the people :-(.

    Enjoy your stays in LPB and VTE..

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  9. Danièle says:

    Tes cartes et photos me font toujours un très grand plaisir et me permettent, à travers elles, de me sentir plus près de toi. Je salue ta détermination à continuellement alimenter ce blog et sache que c’est grandement apprécié. J’appécie tout spécialement l,attention que tu porte au choix de tes cartes postales. Je t’aime et te donne plein d’étoiles. Mom.

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  10. Erin says:

    Magalie, I super stalk your blog … and Travis’s too. If I had known that comments make you happy and help you and your blog endeavor I could have helped you out a long time ago!

    Keep it up! You are inspiring. For blog writing and photography and just for traveling and being cool. I look forward to reading about (and commenting on 🙂 ) what you are up to in the future!

    Miss you!
    Erin

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  11. Natasha says:

    Don’t need a postcard since I will be in Lao in one week, but will continue to read your blog because I enjoy your posts, photos and travel info.Can you do the postcards for comments when I go back to my “real” life and job (blah) and you are in South America?

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    • Magalie says:

      Hi Natasha! The first edition is going pretty well, so I do think that I’ll keep it up. Once every couple of months is what I’m leading towards right now. But don’t worry, you can always just ask for one! 😛

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  12. Carli says:

    gimme gimme gimme! 😀

    I’m a dedicated reader and stalker of your very rapidly improving photos skillz!

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