As I grew older I added my collections - through my teenage years it was teddy bears (most of which now live in my mother's loft); a few of whom followed me around my University lodgings.
|My prized Steiff bear - the pinnacle of my bear collection|
|Connie, Noel and Paddy - the bears that followed me|
|Top drawer Beanies|
At this point, possibly for the first time in my life, I wasn't collecting anything. Several years down the line I have a few fledgling collections; my spoons, my snow-globes, my London memorabilia and most recently my penguins. Happily nothing on the scale of the Beanie Army (there just isn't the space).
Now collecting has become 'virtual'. Social media sites (to engage their users) offer badges/stickers for various milestones.
|Foursquare (an app for cell-phones) allows you to 'check-in' to places you go to; shopping, eating, or being a tourist. I like it as it reminds me of trips and so forth; especially as you can add your own photo.|
|Worse still is GetGlue (now known as TV Tag but habits are hard to change). When I first met it you could 'check-in' to TV shows, movies, books, music and games. For (probably) commercial reasons the focus was changed and it moved to only TV and movies. I find it useful to keep track of movies I have watched; and fun to see how much I watch a TV show... but is is very US centric and doesn't really allow for over-seas viewers; who miss a lot of 'stickers' as they view shows later than in the US.|