I’m Keijo Kortelainen, the ‘ordinary stamp collector’ behind all the stories of Stamp Collecting Blog. I’m a 40 years old family man, small business owner (B2B services on web technologies & online marketing), and above all, a stamp collector from Central Finland.
I have collected stamps since the mid 1980’s – sometimes more, sometimes less passionately. Like most collectors I started by collecting the world as a kid, but then specialized to my own country (Finland).After several specialty filled years I switched back to collecting worldwide stamps, as it was (and still is) simply much more fun. These days I collect all countries and eras – from classics to recent issues. Also my wife’s a worldwide collector (but as she’s not that much into blogging, all you get in this blog is me, me, me… :lol:). If interested, You can take a look of our collection here.
If you want to get in touch with me, just drop me a comment anywhere on this blog. You can also get in touch with me trough various online communities, such as StampBoards, StampCommunity, FaceBook and SCB Facebook page, StumbleUpon, and LinkedIn. Please DO NOT contact me with any of the following reasons: press releases, freebie offers / reviews, guest post requests, requests for links etc.
Stamp Collecting Blog launched in late January 2009. At the time I was experiencing some really hard times with my health. During the first few months of 2009 I suffered from constant fewer and diarrhea, and lost over 30kg’s in weight in very short time. This naturally lead to issues with heart and other body parts, but most importantly I got extremely bored in doing nothing. Finally one day I simply took my laptop, created the space for this blog, and started writing my thoughts about stamps, philately, and collecting. Months and months later I got diagnosed with a poorly responsive Ulcerative Colitis, something the modern medicine can’t really treat or cure, but at least for the past few years the symptoms have been under control (knocking the wood and hoping for best).
Stamp Collecting Blog is about a hobby I love and feel passionate… I don’t have any particular plan or editorial to follow. I write about stamps and topics that genuinely interest me. I do updates when (and if) I have the time and health, and above all good story to share.
Over the years this website has grown from humble personal blog into a somewhat popular community of stamp collectors around the world. And it’s moved on beyond the concept of blog. Currently the site features both free and exclusive (paid) content such as articles and eBooks.
I’ve written a spin-off article (summarizing various blog entries) about stamp inventory software solutions for February 2011 issue of Royal Mail British Philatelic Bulletin. Additonally I’ve done a series of articles about Worldwide stamp forgeries for Stamp & Coin Magazine.
Me and my stamp collection were featured on May 2014 issue of Stamp Magazine in a story titled World Is Not Enough (pages 74-77).