12+ years and 500 blog posts about stamp collecting
On June 23, 2009, I made my first Philosateleian blog entry. In it, I wrote that I planned “to write about stamps, stamp collecting, and the mail in general.”
Over the past 12+ years, I’ve done that, and I realized recently that this would be my 500th blog post. That averages out to well under one post per week, so I can’t claim to have been a particularly frequent poster, but 500 entries? That’s a milestone that I never even thought about way back when.
And 12+ years—a lot has happened in that time span. In terms of stamp collecting, I’ve become much more focused in my collecting interests. I have a couple of tubs of unprocessed stamps and covers that I pick at as time allows, but I rarely buy much of anything for my collection these days unless it’s a 14¢ American Indian stamp on cover. I bought my first perforating machine, and later my second, so that I could improve the looks of my Philosateleian Post local post stamps, and my appreciation for a well-designed, well-perforated stamp has only grown as I’ve dabbled in that myself.
Of much greater importance, I’ve gotten married, had a baby, moved halfway across the country for a new job, then gone back to work for my former employer. My family and I have visited Yosemite and Disney World and the Great Smoky Mountains. I have to say that God has given me more than a fair shake in life.
So, will I make it to blog post #1000 in the year 2033? None of us even knows, really knows, what’s coming up 12 minutes from now, much less 12 years from now, but I do intend to keep writing, hopefully informing and entertaining you along the way, and as always, I appreciate your readership.