I’m Keijo Kortelainen, the ‘ordinary stamp collector’ behind all the stories of Stamp Collecting Blog. I’m a 40+ years old family man (and proud father of 5 kids), 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 was launched on cold winter night in late January 2009. At the time I was experiencing some really hard times with my health (I’ve got a poorly responsive Ulcerative Colitis, something the modern medicine cannot truly treat or cure). I had been bed struck for about two months and had lost over 30kg’s in body 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 else than laying on the bed, waiting for some miracle to happen and the flare to end. So I started reading just about all things philatelic I could get my hands on – magazines, books, blogs, websites. And ultimately I realized how much *crap* is out there – most of it is seriously not worth reading.
I also realized that I could do so much better. So one of those days when I felt a bit better (my full recovery from this particular flare took over a year), I took my laptop, created the space for this blog, and started writing my thoughts about stamps, philately, collecting and life of collector in general. SCB was born.
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. Stamp Collecting Blog is about a hobby I love and feel passionate..
Over the years SCB has grown from humble personal blog into a somewhat popular community of stamp collectors around the world. And it has moved on beyond the concept of blog (though it is still very much the same one man band as in the beginning). A major cornerstone was Feb 20th 2016 when SCB became a ‘walled garden’ (with hard paywall) where only registered subscribers may enter. It may sound like a bizarre route to go (especially as most websites do anything to get more readers/visitors), but I firmly believe it was a required step for SCB to survive and evolve into the next level where it can exist independent of my contribution (in the end I am not getting any younger nor healthier, though I hope I’ve still got few decades enjoy the life). And with 1,000+ new subscribers (in just six months), it seems a lot of you feel SCB is worth saving to future collector generations.
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. Additionally I’ve done a series of articles about worldwide stamp forgeries for Stamp & Coin Magazine (UK). I’ve also written some miscellaneous pieces for smaller publications. These days I put a heavy preference on writing for my blog only (anyone who’s worked with editors knows what I mean, LOL).
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). Additionally couple of philatelic bloggers have interviewed me. I’m always open for future interviews and co-operation as long as they provide some ‘added value’.