I didn’t do too well with my plans of posting a monthly wrap-up, so I thought that maybe I’d try something a little more manageable; a wrap up of the year that was.
2018 was quite a year for me personally. My wife and I moved from one city to another, I finally made the decision to get out of teaching and into another profession which, after roughly five months of very little work, happened. And I’m so much happier because of it. Oh, and I started getting paid to write articles on geeky stuff for Gemr.com. Awesome!
I’m not really a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy, but with so much changing in the last two to three months — being married, immigrating to the UK, moving into a new house, having to find a new job — it felt like 2018 is a good time to take stock of things and re-evaluate. So I had a think and came up with the following collection resolutions.
Quality Over Quantity
I recently read Collection Control: 10 Tips to Tame Your Hoard from GeekDad here on Medium. One part of the article really stood out to me;
3. Quality can be better than quantity
Hobbies can be expensive, as you undoubtedly know. When I first started collecting action figures as a teen, I bought what I could afford, which wasn’t much. However, as an adult, I realized I had a ton of lower cost figures. Sticking to my budget, I could never afford the stuff I really wanted, but here I was stuck with a multitude of cheaper figures. It was a big collection, but it was pretty lackluster. Sure, I could have saved my money, but I was an impulsive teen and didn’t have the patience. However, I was able to turn my numerous low-level collectibles into a few key pieces that are highlights of my collection. Would I rather have a handful of loose figures, or that dream mint-on-card collectible? I may have downsized, but I also upgraded.
I can’t believe that this has never occurred to me before! It is, of course, a very simple and obvious idea and yet it hadn’t hit me. One of the biggest issues I had when moving is packing and unpacking all the collectables, and don’t even get me started on the amount of things I have back home in Australia!
Not getting as many “little” things would make moving somewhat easier. For example, for the (approximately) £75 I spent on the set of five Doctor Strange Pop Vinyls I could have bought one high quality statue. While Pop Vinyls are cool and all, personally I’d prefer the statue. Thus, this is something I’m going to strive to do going forward; being more selective of what I spend my money on. Rather than buy a heap of cheap items I’ll endeavour to by better quality — and possibly more limited — items.
Keeping with the theme of being more selective, I’m going to double down on something I talked about in my Starting a New Collection article; having a collection focus. I feel that the breadth of items I’ve been picking up over my various collections is a bit too wide so I’m going to take another look at this and pair the focus down to just those things I’m really interested in. For example, I’ve already decided I’m not going to pick up the new Sonic the Hedgehog Pop Vinyls as I don’t particularly like the new designs (apart from Eggman which I will probably get) and already have the originals. Thus, that money can be put into something I really want to have in my collection, such as all those Archie Sonic comic back issues I need.
Enjoy What I Have
This may sound obvious, but something I really need to start doing is enjoying what I already have before buying more stuff. I’ve a bad habit of buying new graphic novels, books and games before I’ve read/played the ones I already have.
I’ve 156 games in my Steam library. Of these I’ve played 76, of those 76 I’ve completed only 57 (the stats on the page are a little out as some games I had to play off line to have then run properly, such as Bayonetta).
Of the 91 books I’ve catalogued, I’ve only read 31 of them. That’s 50 odd I’ve not yet picked up. I don’t even want to think about what the numbers are for graphic novels.
Going forward I’m going to try and finish at least 5 things before I buy any new ones. Yes, this may be hard given things such as Steam sales and the release of much anticipated books/ graphic novels — and I might give myself a pass when I finally bring my X Box One over to the UK from Australia and pick a few of the games I’ve missed over the last two years that I’m really keen to play— but in general I’ll try and not add to the collection until I’ve gone through at least a good portion of it.
So that’s my collector’s resolutions for 2018. How many will I stick too? Well, to be honest it depends on what cool stuff is released this year. Honestly, I think the last one is going to be the hardest to do as I get way too excited by new books, comics and games but I shall try my best.
Perhaps later in the year I’ll look back at this post and evaluate how I’ve done. Until then, wish me luck. 😀