Less than a week ago, I decided the primary focus of Philatelic Pursuits for the upcoming year of 2020 would be new stamp issues. I attempted something similar last year but began much too late to ever get caught up and I made a few early bad decisions.  I soon became overwhelmed and had all but given up just a few months into 2019.

Part of the problem with my previous approach was trying to update via pages dedicated to each month.  The page for January became difficult to edit due to the time it took images to load.  One had to scroll quite a ways to find new content.  I felt that that solution was to post blog entries for each new stamp encountered, much in the same way as other New Issue blogs.  In addition, there will be a page dedicated to each entity issuing stamps during the year.  These pages will serve as indices to the stamps themselves, linking to the individual entries.  I believe that I will be able to post updates much more quickly this way. Menus in the header and on the sidebar of the blog allow for easy navigation.

In the last five days, I have added 51 entries to the blog — one for each stamp issue that I have either an image or a date of issue for.  These are from 14 separate stamp issuers:

Åland | Alderney | Canada | China | Denmark | Faroe Islands | Finland | Greenland | Guernsey | Hong Kong | Iceland | Macau | United Nations | United States

Currently, I am caught up on these. I will start creating pages for other countries/entities as I await further programme and individual issue announcements. Each time I add a country, the initial page takes a bit of time as I have decided to include images of flags, postal administration logos with links to their philatelic bureaus, and coats of arms. Once that’s done, the individual entries are relatively easy (and quick) as they retain that formatting.

I have also created a Google Calendar to help keep track of the issues throughout the year.  My only real gripe is that it doesn’t offer enough different colors for events and categories. I have also added those stamp issues scheduled for the remainder of 2019 (November and December). Check it out below and in the sidebar.

[googleapps domain=”calendar” dir=”calendar/embed” query=”src=j6te8dfj6j2s8dqi6067itucn8%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Asia%2FBangkok” width=”800″ height=”600″ /]

I hope that you like the new focus for Philatelic Pursuits. Along the way, there will be occasional articles marking various holidays (I just realized that I managed to miss Día de los Muertos — one of my favorite holidays — but there’s always next year).  Please feel free to contact me with any information and images that I can include on this blog. The dedicated email address is PhilatelicPursuits -at- gmail dot com.

For now, I am caught up and feel I deserve a bit of a rest.  It feels good….

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