As part of my job as a professional singer I am always travelling for work and taking photos of the places that I go and wonderful things that I experience. I then post these on social media so that my friends can follow my adventures.
But... my Mum doesn't do Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, so she never sees my posts and photos like this one from when I performed at the V&A Museum.
I have decided that I want to send some of my experiences, as personalised photo postcards to my Mum. I did a bit of research on the internet about which was the best mobile app to use on my phone. I have come up with my top 2 UK Postcard apps to use. I'm mostly writing this blog for my other musician friends as I hope that they can spread some love via good ol' snail mail to their Mums and Dads also. (I noticed that all the other blogs on this topic were for people posting to the USA.) Plus I'm secretly hoping that after writing this, people will post things to me too.
There were loads of apps to choose from; some had bad reviews so I discounted them, others didn't have all the features I wanted, others I didn't like the quality of the final thing, and most of the good ones cost as much as £2.99 per postcard. I was looking for the best quality for the best value and I have decided on my top selections.
The BEST app: MyPostcard
App: Free to download
Cost per postcard sent to UK address: $1.99 (when I ordered via paypal it cost £1.60)
This is great because you can customise up to 6 shots on one postcard. You can also send online via their website. The paper and printing quality is excellent and it is literally half the price of their rivals at touchnote.
PLUS: They are currently doing a deal where if you recommend a friend then you both get £3 to spend in credit. This will get you nearly 2 postcards free! If you are interested in trying it out for free, use my friends-code: EMXQTA
You can also design postcards from your computer via their website: https://www.mypostcard.com/en/
The Cheapest app: Swapshots (by Royal Mail)
App: Free to download
Cost per postcard sent to UK address: 89p
The cards aren't quite so fancy and look more like a polaroid photo, but they are really cute and cheap.
I hope you send lots of postcards to each other!
Jennifer Coleman is a soprano who works as a classical singer and vocal coach. Available for performances across the UK and internationally.