For me, Stamps is really two different hobbies. My collection of Ireland is “philately” and my collection of the World is “just stamp collecting”.
My collection of World stamps is very unbalanced. And although I started collecting stamps around 1960, I only have about 15,000 stamps (this figure does NOT include Ireland).
So I have drawn up a spreadsheet showing the countries of the world…the number of stamps that I have and the target for 31st December 2017.
Recent purchases of cheap kiloware have helped. I am now exceeding the target I set for Japan and Austria. And very close to the target for France and China.
It is a lot of fun adding a lot of very cheap stamps.