Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:00 PM
Good luck with the new endeavors. It was great to meet you back at Botcon... 2014? Your postings will be missed here!
Thanks, man! It was good meeting you too. I'll still be around, just not posting quite as much -- this isn't a goodbye post. Feel free to look me up on Facebook or add me on Twitter (@_js) if you want to keep up on the regular!
When you get into collecting, only one of two things can happen--you eventually lose interest and stop, or you die. I often wonder why I collect these little plastic gems since I can't keep them indefinitely. I can't give them up yet, but it makes me sad to know that someday I will, one way or another.
This is definitely a contributing factor for me as well, not just for collecting, but in my trend towards owning fewer things.
Just remember that it's not time wasted if you enjoyed it while it lasted.
Exactly right. I don't regret the time and energy and money. I'm incredibly happy with what my involvement with this brand has given me. I would do it all over again.
I've been collecting as an adult for 21 years now and my interest has never really waned. There have been periods where the product on the shelves didn't interest me much but those were temporary lulls which I kind of like because my wallet gets a break. So at this point, I doubt I'll ever completely give it up as long as I'm physically and financially able to collect.
Now that I've stumbled into a little sub-hobby of adding silly captions to silly toy photos, my collection has sort of gained a new life. I'm regularly picking up and playing with old toys that I haven't touched in months or years. (Although perhaps my newfound addiction to Likes and RTs and Notes isn't entirely healthy.)
I'll admit the financial element is a big one. If I had the means to afford to keep up without sacrificing anything else, I might. But I don't, and so that's where the prioritization comes in. I think finding other ways to engage with what you have is great. I thought about taking more to toy photography, and maybe that will be something that I come back to sometime.
I've found that participation in online fandom typically causes my interest to either plummet or, very occasionally, skyrocket.
Definitely agreed. I probably would not have kept up with it for long without external validation. Not having a Botcon in sight has definitely deflated me a bit, as that yearly convention was always really energizing and reaffirmed my appreciation for the brand and my desire to keep collecting. It contributes to this idea that the momentum was what was keeping me going, though. On the flip side, I've definitely had situations where the fandom has taken the wind out of my sails a bit -- It's why I decided to step away from discussing the comics here as it was adversely affected my ability to enjoy them.
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