Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2024 2:54 pm


Date Joined: April 21, 2023
Last Online: February 24, 2024
Birthday: November 29, 1982
Country: United States
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Pengins for Everyone

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Profile last updated/reviewed: Feb. 18, 2024

Well, this is a first - I was just 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, Joan, for the nice selection of cards to fulfill this swap!
andee73 rated for SCRABBLE #27 on Feb 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
TrishaLSmith rated for WIYM: PURPLE POSTCARD #2 on Feb 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you or the beautiful postcard. Love the matching stamps, stickers, and ink :)
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it all!
suepier rated for Arizona Statehood Day PC swap on Feb 17, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the nice Arizona postcard.
Comment: Thanks for the postcards that perfectly meet the requirements. I love those scavenger pc hunts too! Always fun to look for the right pc. 🩵
Gnoe rated for Scavenger Junk Journal Round #14 on Feb 16, 2024
Comment: Love your page and though it doesn't _look_ melancholic, I definitely felt it too. I guess it's the poem that does it; I wouldn't have thought you wrote it in school as I thought it was made for this spread especially!
Comment: Thanks for all the mail love! I got both envelopes today! Very special and you did a nice job decorating! TY!
Response: I'm just glad they both made it (and on the same day!) I had someone I sent a two-parter to a while ago and the FIRST part made it like two weeks later than the second, LOL!
Lisserz rated for WIYM: ABC POSTCARD SWAP on Feb 11, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the postcards. I've been to the Redwood National Park and saw a drive-thru tree, but it wasn't this particular one. I would love to go again.
mangoN7 rated for Scavenger Junk Journal Round #14 on Feb 11, 2024
Comment: Oh gosh, your journal page is so stunning! I love the whole composition of your page a lot. Your own poem and the stickers you made yourself gives the whole thing a personal touch which I love a lot. I also like the mini envelope you tend to use for these swaps to remind you of the scavenger items! That is such a great idea :D
Response: I was so nervous to include that poem... I mean, high school writing in general is kind of cringe-y, and mine especially I feel like! But I am glad I did.
pitchmom rated for BONUS Postcarding on Feb 10, 2024
Response: Hello! I'm very confused about your rating for this swap. I messaged you to check if you had received it on Aug. 11, after it had not been rated for a while. You replied that you received and liked it, and would rate as soon as you could. Was there some problem after that point? I am happy to send something else if you like, but I'm very confused why you would tell me you received and liked a card that I followed up on when it was not rated after more than a month, if you had not received it or had concerns! Please let me know. As I say, I am glad to send something else if there was some problem after we communicated.
Comment: Great Layout! love the colours - nice and calm -- the bird washi gives me hope for SPRING to hurry up!! Looks beautiful! x G
youngsenior rated for 3 Vintage Water Postcards #2 on Feb 8, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the pretty cards also the cat one. That is just like a cat. Your friend Joy
riverwatcher rated for PS: Different Scavenger Hunt on Feb 7, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcards. I do like my maps. 🙂
Comment: Thanks for great cards! Love those bicycles and cute cockatoo, plus thank you for the extra of Capitol Reef - a very cool card!
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you liked all of them!
SkaGirl rated for SONG THEME #27 on Feb 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you! :)
dawnakaulen rated for Vintage/Old Timey Postcard on Feb 4, 2024
Comment: I love it, thank you!
Comment: I really love the color purple as well. I say green is my favorite but I am always drawn to purple tones when pressed.
lob rated for Scavenger Junk Journal Round #13 on Jan 29, 2024
Comment: I like the little envelope you added. Does it contain the list? And lovely to see your cat being part of the art!
Response: It does have the list for what was supposed to be included! That way I have some idea when I look back what I was "going for," LOL.
Comment: Hi Joan! Thank you for the beautiful Hawaii pc! I haven't been to Hawaii or Alaska either but am hoping for our 40th anniversary we will make it to Hawaii! We will be married 38 years in September, so time will tell! I do love the beach so this pc was perfect for me! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Jbondbull rated for Vintage tourist card #41 on Jan 23, 2024
Comment: Thankyou for the awesome postcard.

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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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