2nd ever (not annual) FS Swap!

Since I am living in what might well be the dullest post in the fs, and I love mail and 'meeting' new people, I am hosting the 2nd annual FS Swap.

I did one a few years ago and got 60 odd takers, I think everyone was pleased, I certainly was! With way more fs blogs around now, I am hoping to get even more takers. By the way, if you have a blog and want to stick one of those fs swap buttons on it, email me and I will tell you how. You do not need to have a blog to join in though, just an email address.

Ok, so what on earth is a swap anyway and why would I want to do it? I am somewhat crafty and swaps are BIG in the crafty - bloggy world. BIG. The way it will all work is - you leave me a comment to this post or email me at kennedyas@yahoo.com You need to tell me where you are posted and include your email address. I think I will make the cut-off date January 15th - as I know how some fs people are - busy! So let me know by the 15th, then a couple of days past then, I will send you an email letting you know your swap pal is Ms. Wonderful (men can totally join in but last time I don't think we had any..) in CountryFabulous and here is her email. Then you contact one another. You may want to find out if she has any children and what are their ages. Does she have a hobby or passion for something? In various swaps I have done in the past I have included odd local candy, a local language magazine or comic for the kids, a Christmas ornament, fabric and on and on. So all you fs people who only have pouch can also join in - flat envelopes can also be fun! Also, if your in DC, DC is in fact a post, so feel free to join in.

I will randomly assign swap pals, and I will not assign people serving at the same post, because that might not be quite as fun...Shipping date should be around February 1 if you are going to be late with you mailing, please let your pal know so she can be understanding.

I think that covers everything. So please join in the fun. Tell all your fs friends. Post a link on your blog so other fs types can read about it and if you have any questions please ask.


  1. Linked to you here: http://smallbitsfs.blogspot.com/2010/12/blog-swap.html

    Thanks for signing me up!

  2. Oh, yes please! What a terrific idea. We are boring and in DC, but we are posted here nevertheless and would love to participate. I am always happy to send a little USofA to someone far from home. My email is linseycrisler at gmail dot com

    So fun!

  3. I am trying to figure out how Canada could possibly be more boring than Malawi. We are pouch here but count me in I will see what I can do! Please send me the info on how to do the fs swap button. Cool idea! My email is shannon at cyberbones dot com

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  5. I am happy to add the swap button too. Please send instructions. rebecca _ mckenzie at yahoo dot com

  6. This week’s State Department Blog RoundUp is here, and you're on it!


    Please let me know if you have any objections and would like to be removed. Thanks, and Happy New Year!

  7. I finally got the button up, such a slow poke! If anyone has trouble doing it in wordpress, message me at my blog and I'll let you know how.


  8. I'll play! I'm in DC.

    anniesblog (at) gmail dot com

  9. Count me too! I'm in Ecuador. It's rkutzley (at) yahoo dot com. Thanks for organizing this, it's a great idea!

  10. Sounds great! Count me in as well. mvaillancourt33 at gmail dot com
    I'm in Vienna, Austria.

  11. Sounds like fun! count me in please.

    alexandrakbryant (at) gmail.com

  12. I'm in! We're in Kenya.



  13. I'd like to do this too from San Jose! sara at teamroy dot com

  14. I'd love to join in! This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for organizing it. We are in Istanbul, Turkey. noahandkendra@gmail.com or loveslaughsandlavender.blogspot.com

  15. It sounds like fun, it's been a long time since I had a pen pal :-)
    I'm in NYC (my husband is DS posted to NYFO and currently at FSI for French for Morocco this summer).

    dez.is.a.rockstar at gmail

  16. Sounds like fun! We're in Skopje, Macedonia. jeanae78@yahoo.com

  17. Count me in!! We are in Jerusalem and my e-mail csamto(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  18. i'd love to do it too! We're in NY now but heading to Chennai in the summer. here's my email: kristingrajales(at)gmail. thx!!

  19. I'm in! We're in Oslo. lbgeraghty(at)gmail(dot)com or globalgeraghtys.blogspot.com.

    Also, how do you add the stamp to your blog?

  20. Sounds great! I am lonely. Count me in:

    email: devon.r.whitney@gmail.com
    blog: www.devonnaire.blogspot.com
    post: Brussels, Belgium

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  22. Totally game!
    We are in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    cdhoelscher@gmail.com OR

    Thanks ~ Denise

  23. Nice idea. Would love to participate.
    DC til late march then Luanda, Angola.

  24. Count me in! I am in Berlin and my email is katehusband@gmail.com.

  25. Fun! I'm in. Currently am in language training in DC though, so not too exciting. katiekins570 at yahoo dot com.


  26. Just learned about this last night from two wonderful women at my post. Count me in!
    k8slong at msn dot com.
    Istanbul, Turkey

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  28. I evidently have no brain cells left after doing that Round Up. Here is a corrected Round Up link.

    It is time for the Weekly State Department Blog Round Up and you are on it!

    It is found here:

    If you would like the links to your site removed (or corrections are needed) please contact me. Thanks!

  29. I want to do this! It is the last day to sign up, but only in Germany, not in Canada yet!

    beccay10@yahoo.com Can you send me the instructions of how to put the link on my blog?

  30. You have been included in the Weekly State Department Round Up here:

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