Swap-bot Time: May 20, 2024 2:44 pm


Date Joined: April 21, 2023
Last Online: May 20, 2024
Birthday: November 29, 1982
Country: United States
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Pengins for Everyone

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Profile last updated/reviewed: May 10, 2024

Well, this is a first - I was rated a 1 in February 2024 by a swapper for a swap in July/August 2023 that I followed up on after not being rated after more than a month. At that time, I received confirmation that they received and liked the card, as seen here:

Screenshot of message from August 2023 confirming receipt of card by user pitchmom

I've tried contacting the swapper; I contacted Swap-bot Admin; and I have been in touch with some group owners regarding upcoming swaps and ratings requirements. But, if you were expecting me to join an ongoing swap series outside of a group and it has a 5.0 rating requirement, unfortunately I cannot until I get this resolved! I'm very sorry and hoping it was a mistake that gets corrected shortly.

About Me

Hi! I'm Joan, a 41-year-old nonbinary person (they/them) living in Florence, Arizona, USA, with 3 other humans and a stunning number of cats. I've been doing postcard and greeting card exchanges through Postcrossing (where I'm jconcilio), Reddit (primarily r/randomactsofcards, where I'm also PinkPengin just like here), Instagram, Facebook and private swapping since 2021 and have sent more than 2,500 cards between all those. I've recently gotten into swapping stamps, junk journals and other fun ephemera-type stuff as well, largely thanks to Swap-bot.

I love penguins, and my wife and I run a small nonprofit called Pengins for Everyone that gives away plush penguin friends (or, as we say, "pengins") to people who need a pick-me-up. We've given away about 1,300 since 2017.

Favorite Things

I am happy with almost anything other than the few things listed in "Prefer to Avoid" below. But, if you want to extra-much make my day...

Colors: All shades of blues, teals, purples and grays

Animals: Penguins (!!!), owls, cats, capybaras, snails

Themes/interests/hobbies: Stuffed animals, anything rainbow or Pride-themed (my whole family is super-queer, and I am nonbinary so I especially love enby stuff), cute monsters, cute robots, the beach/ocean, tarot, abstract art, anything bright-colored, martial arts, jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles/crosswords/sudoku, things that are neat and well-organized, interesting postage stamps and stamp-based art

Stuff I watch/listen to/read: Ted Lasso, Below Deck, David Byrne/Talking Heads, Meow Wolf, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph, Studio Ghibli (especially Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro), all kinds of books (especially YA and queer romance/lesfic)

Postcards I'm particularly extra-interested in: Anything from Hoogerheide (a small village in the Netherlands); anything related to Australia, Nigeria, or Pennsylvania (the US state); Blue Cats, LouPaper, Raspberry Paper and Blue December Art cards; Tausendschön; maxicards; World's Fair-related items; obviously penguin cards; anything tied to my other interests listed above

Stamps I'm particularly extra-interested in: Any that have penguins (I'm a proud member of the Penguins on Stamps Study Unit of the American Topical Association, which is probably the geekiest thing I've ever written), cats (domestic or wild), rainbows, Pride/LGBTQIA+ themes or queer people, World's Fair, computers, math themes, bacteria/viruses/microscopic imagery

Prefer to Avoid

Anything religious; anything fragranced or that smells like smoke; loose glitter or confetti; horror or gore; clowns; babies; the word "moist"; anything too feminine; I especially don't really prefer pink, despite the username (my namesake "Pink Pengin" plush friend is actually purple, ask me about that, LOL)

Swap-bot Basics

I love swapping, and I have never flaked on a swap, or sent one late.

As such: If you do not receive a swap from me 2 weeks after the deadline (if you're in the US) or 4 weeks after (if you're in other countries), please let me know and I will gladly resend.

I do not go tracking down ratings, so if you don't rate, I am not going to assume, "Oh, they must not have gotten it," I am assuming that, like most of us, life got busy and you needed to focus on in-person people and commitments and not the random nonbinary penguin-lover who mailed you that whatever-it-was!

I do rate every card I receive as promptly as I can, but due to regular travel, you may not get rated the day or even the week your card shows up in my mailbox. I do commit to posting in the "what's new" section of this profile if I will be gone and not picking up mail for more than a few days, so that senders will know!

Also, as long as what you send me isn't, like, actively hateful, you're going to get a heart. Arrives 3 months after the send date from the next town over? Heart. Ugliest card in your collection but it wasn't an ugly card swap? Heart. Didn't feel like writing anything but the swap name today so you threw some old, completely-unrelated-to-anything-I-like stickers on it and called it good? Heart.

I like all mail. All mail makes me happy. I don't like telling people that their mail didn't make me quite as happy as the next person's. I don't expect anyone else to use this system, but I do want to be clear that you don't have to do anything special to "earn" a heart from me. I just love you for taking the time and the cost of postage to send me something other than a bill.


Comment: Thank you for the great postcards! The otter is so cute.
Response: Isn't it? I love that card! (And I'm very happy you like it too!)
twileteyes rated for SCRABBLE #40 on May 13, 2024
Comment: Wow 65 words! Great job this week! Thank you for the pretty card
Response: You're so welcome! And thanks for the heart!
AlexysBellew rated for Montana day PC on May 11, 2024
Comment: So beautiful! Thank you! Nature is a great refresher :)
Comment: Thank you for the cards you chose. I think my favorite is the cats.
Response: I love those cats!
Comment: Thank you for all the fun pcs!
suepier rated for SCRABBLE #37 on May 8, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and sharing your words with me.
Meeshywii rated for Ugly PC Swap #79 on May 7, 2024
Comment: Sorry this is so so late! Thank you for the UGLY PC it is in fact in my album of postcards 💕❤️
Comment: Hi Joan. Thank you so much for the great selection of cards! So sorry for the late rating.
Response: Truly no worries! I'm just glad they arrived!
Comment: Thank you Joan!
Ikat78 rated for PTG: Cat Postcard on May 3, 2024
Comment: Wow, I love the pc of your Banjo. Sweet baby. It sounds like there is never a dull moment at your house. I admire what you do. Thank you for helping all those cats! Love the stamps you used. Thank you and thanks for joining!
young46356 rated for PH: Bird Scavenger Hunt #8 on May 3, 2024
Comment: Joan, thanks so much for resending and sending such great cards, best wishes, Rich
crimsonrivulet rated for SCRABBLE #38 on May 2, 2024
Comment: Hello Joan! I love the beautiful book store postcard! Thank you! 😊 great scrabble list! I love how you scored them! You have beautiful handwriting! ❤
KoalaMuffin rated for Ugly PC Swap #81 on Apr 28, 2024
Comment: Thank you for one of the ugliest postcards.
Comment: Loved Loved Loved all the PCS you sent. Have a great day. bearnbabs
Response: :) Yay!
Comment: Thanks Joan for the wonderful L.P. Red Panda PC! Yup, I sure do love Red pandas! I would love to see one in real life and would love cuddle it, ha!
Response: I saw one a long time ago at a zoo in Indiana... but I didn't get to cuddle it, sure would have loved to!
andee73 rated for SCRABBLE #34 on Apr 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
Response: :)
mejulia rated for WIYM Making the world a better place on Apr 18, 2024
Comment: Great non profit. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for joining the swap.
kydestar rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #258 on Apr 16, 2024
Comment: Great selection of postcards, thank you!
Response: Awesome, glad you liked them!
SoberMermaid3 rated for A-Z of SCIENCE-"D" on Apr 8, 2024
Comment: No joke I’ve seen a tapeworm in person! A patient brought one in a ziplock (part of one). The doctor I worked for was so excited 😆 I guess it is rare to see one. I don’t ever need to see one again. Thankfully they are treatable!! Snails and urchins are way cuter!! lol
Response: Haha, I could go my whole life without seeing that!! :)
lisaglass rated for SCRABBLE #35 on Apr 8, 2024

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myancey on Oct 31, 2023:

Thanks for the extras and the stickers. I still love your handwriting

myancey on Oct 30, 2023:

Joan after scratching my head and finally finding your message I am thankful for your bonus card. But it took me a moment because I was like pink penguin is not my partner for this swap why’d she send me this. Great list though. And I am in love and obsessed with your handwriting ! Thank you

simcoe54 on Oct 1, 2023:

Vintage Postcards - August WTA -- Thanks for the lovely water postcards. Perfect for my collection.

MuggleMom on Sep 8, 2023:

Thanks for the great PCs for PH August WTA.



user6937 on Jul 18, 2023:

PH WTA pc's have arrived, and thanks for your summery note, too!

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