What Kind of Collector Are You?

I’ve been doing a bit of reading of academic journals lately. Partly because I’ve been working on a handful of scripted videos for my YouTube channel… and partly because I like reading academic journals.

But, in doing so, I’m coming across topics I want to talk about that don’t fit into the other things I’m doing. I think, I am going to start talking about them here.

So, today I am going to ask you, “What kind of collector are you?”

I was reading this article:

Belk, Russell W., et al. “Collectors and Collecting.” Advances in Consumer Research, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 1988, pp. 548-553.

There is quite a robust discussion of collecting behavior in it – which touch on some of the topics that I’m looking at adding to some videos. I won’t go into everything this article talks about, but the main point that I found interesting was how collectors were categorized.

Type A Collector:

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Type A Collectors employ Affective Criteria to choose their items. These types of collectors attempt to improve their collections, but do not have a need to “complete” their collections. They tend to be selective from a narrower theme, genre, author, or use the less tangible field of “what I like” as their criteria.

Type B Collector:

vinyl-2722233_1920Type B collectors employ Cognitive Criteria to choose their items. These types of collectors choose items that add to a series and help improve their knowledge rather than the beauty of the collection. They tend to have a need to collect more broadly, but also to complete what they collect such as, to own everything in a certain theme, genre, author and are less concerned with “liking” the item rather than having a full representation of an idea.

This article also, in general, creates 3 axis for collecting. According to the article most collectors fall somewhere between each pairing.

Conscious vs. Unconscious

stamps-2878264_1920This first comparison refers to how one chooses the items to add to their collection, or to what extent a recurrent theme is intentional.

You might be intentionally collecting every manga published by the Year 24 group, every licensed-good with your favourite anime character on it, or every English-language shonen battle series.

I collected stamps as a child. I remember reading a book about Philately, and in it they discussed that someone might choose a motif on the postage stamps to collect rather than worry about collecting all of a certain year, or a certain country. You mean I could have a collection of only stamps with ducks on it?! It was a strange revelation! Haha.

The other side of this coin is a bit more confusing. But, it refers to someone who thinks they’re just buying something in general, but it turns out there is a trend to the kind of titles they pick up.

I fall into the unconscious category (at least to some extent). I remember finding out that I picked up more indie, and historical titles when the guy at our local comic store told me. He was comparing the titles that he regularly saw my sister and I buy, and pointed it out to me. I hadn’t realized that that was what I was doing. I was just buying what looked interesting.

Vertical vs. Horizontal

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This category refers to how you display and store your items.

Vertical refers to a more structured storage. Most of your collection is contained, and remains in place. If it leaves that place, or is never homed near the rest of your collection you don’t even consider it part of your collection.

Horizontal refers to a looser organization. The items of your collection literally permeate your entire living space. It’s either too large of a collection to be contained, or you just want to be surrounded by all of the things. But, there is little structured organization (at least it is not evident to other people).

This category I probably fall into both. But, actually I am actively vertical in my organization. When my sister and I decided to live together, we also decided that we didn’t want our collection to take over our entire life, and that when people came over to our house, that they would barely notice its presence. If we weren’t intentional about it though, I know for a fact that it would permeate every cupboard, every bookcase, we would have art in every room, and figures on every shelf… and every possible accessory. But as it stands we keep our collection tightly squeezed in 1 and a half rooms.

Structured vs. Unstructured

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The last pairing refers to how strongly the collection evinces aspects of order and balance. This looks at the symmetry, or the disarray in how you display or order your items.

Does the display look beautiful. Have you arranged things by color, size, texture. Are they equally balanced. Is there white space. Can you highlight certain pieces in the space.

I’ve seen many manga/anime/figures collections that have this sense of structure and beauty. Items are removed when the space becomes overwhelmed, and accessories are added to enhance the look of the space. But, I think more of these types of collections fall into the second camp and certainly my own collection is more UNstructured vs structured.

I do have structure in the alphabetizing, and organization by size. But that is literally to make the best use of the space, and has NOTHING to do with beautiful organization. I did have some accessories to put on the shelves, but now they’ve been put away due to space constraints. Much of the collection is laying sideways, or stuffed into spaces that would help it fit into our allotted space. And ALL of our collection is permitted to remain (is not considered sale-able) regardless of the space constraints. We aren’t trying to make it beautiful or symmetrical, we’re just trying to get it to fit!

So, where do you see yourself? What kind of collector are you?

You may have read this whole post (I applaud you) and if you did, you may see yourself in the different categories. Within the 3 axis categories, there are 2 that appear most frequent in the research: Conscious/Vertical/Structured and Unconscious/Horizontal/Unstructured. The first set obviously appears more frequently in Type A collectors, and the second set appears more frequently in Type B collectors.

Though, personally I can see a lot of the traits that they describe as type A collectors in myself, I am definitely more Type B. I’d be even so bold as to say at least 80/20.

So, what’s the point?

When I was reading this article, I’ve been reminded of the comments that many people in the community (and outside of it) make regarding collections, or the way they collect.  There are some people that I would question whether they are collectors but actually regular consumers, some I worry may have some level of hoarding disorder, and there are some that I could see fit into the two camps (Type A and B).

But from all of these groups of people I often see or hear admonitions on the proper way to collect. If you don’t collect like me, you aren’t a real collector. If you don’t collect like this, you don’t have a good collection.

But, what this article boils it all down to is that collecting is varied. There are many types of collectors. There are many things to collect. There are many reasons to collect. There are many ways to collect.

You can collect whatever you want, however you want! And that’s an amazing thing!

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10 Most Anticipated New Manga : Spring – Summer 2018

My most anticipated new releases for Spring/Summer 2018 (April 2018 to August 2018). Release dates are subject to change without notice.

These first 5 titles are ones I’m most interested to hear reviews of. I’m probably not going to pick them up right away, but they are the ones I’m most intrigued by:

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The Power Couples Book Tag

I was tagged by Raquel at RADIODDBOOKS about a month ago. Go and check out her answers to this tag. She’s also participating in my #ReadManga18 challenge, and I’ve been super excited following her progress!

This is technically a Valentine’s Day tag, so the questions are “couples” related. If romance is not your thing… umm… then this is going to be a disappointing read!

ONE. A couple that share big passions and goals

Naoki and Kotoko from Itazura na Kiss by Kaoru Tada. This is a classic shojo relationship featuring a dynamic couple with completely opposing personalities and skills. Ditzy Kotoko has fallen for the Genius Naoki. When Naoki realizes he might have a passion to pursue medicine, Kotoko pursues Naoki all the way to nursing school. Though they get into medicine difference ways, they end up finding a common passion, and a dream to work together after graduation.

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TWO. A couple that love and respect each other

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Unique Blogger Award

unique blogger badgeThank you polyphonic v0x for nominating me for The Unique Blogger Award! This was very sweet of you! I’ve been enjoying your awesome content as well! Keep up the good work! ^ ^

Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

polyphonic v0x’s questions:

  1. What are some of the animated shows you’re nostalgic for?
  2. Is there a topic you’ve been itching to blog about but haven’t gotten to yet?
  3. Who is your favorite singer/band and why do you enjoy their music?

 

What are some of the animated shows you’re nostalgic for?

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Real Neat Blog Award

Thanks to Tiny Ugly Animal for the award! I’m still just getting myself set-up here, so it’s nice to hear someone appreciates the effort.

The rules:real-neat-award-1

  • Display the award logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them 7 questions.

Tiny Ugly Animal’s questions:

So, what are your thoughts on…

  1. potatoes?
  2. shoes?
  3. the color purple?
  4. flying pigs?
  5. Tom Hiddleston?
  6. big hands?
  7. gasoline?

Now, I’ll admit, I was debating whether I should participate in this or not. My blog is essentially about my reading life (and its closely associated hobbies) and these questions seem a bit off topic for me. But, then again, just because I was asked about “potatoes” doesn’t mean I can’t also find a way to keep it on topic…or, try to, anyways.

So, here are my answers!

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Most Anticipated Manga – Winter 2017/2018

These are my top 10 most anticipated new manga releasing in Winter 2017/2018 (or from December 2017 to March 2018). At this point, I don’t know how many of these I will be able to collect, but these are certainly the ones I am most eager to pick up!

 

Takane & Hana by Yuki Shiwasu. I’ve already got this title pre-ordered. I don’t know much about it, except that a few people I follow on twitter were excited about the release announcement. I don’t actually want to know what this is about before I read it. But, I’ll let you know what I think, when I get to it.

Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card by Clamp. Pretty excited about this new installment in the Cardcaptor Sakura series. I’ve had a chance to flip through this at Chapters, and the art has definitely been updated for this new series (I’m not sure yet how I feel about that). This title is already out, but I’m going to hold out for a bit to see if my sister won’t pick this up instead. Continue reading

MANGA GIVEAWAY CHALLENGE

MANGA THUMBHello kiddos! I’m hosting a manga giveaway (until February 18 12:59PM MST) where you can guess which manga I’m giving away. If you guess correctly, you could win up to 10 volumes of the manga you guessed!

It’s a bit of a complicated giveaway, but I thought it would be a fun way to distribute my doubles and also ensure that they went to people who actually wanted them!

Follow the link to find out how to enter!

http://www.mangahoarder.com/manga-giveaway-challenge

 

12 Manga I Want to Read in 2018

There are so many unread titles in my collection (mostly owned by my sister) that I haven’t read yet. Every year I like to give myself a list of titles to read to make a tiny dent into that massive, and overwhelming TBR. The following are the titles I hope to prioritize reading in 2018.

I’ve given myself 12 titles to choose from. Ideally, I want to read one per month… but knowing me… I’ll be happy if I read more than 50%.

I’ve given myself a secondary challenge as well, in addition to reading them, I also want to review them all! This is a much bigger challenge, but I hope I’m up to the task. I’ve been putting these titles off long enough — 2018 is the year!

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10 Reading Plans & Goals for 2018

I’ve already talked a little bit about my plans for this blog, but I also wanted to talk a little about my other goals (mostly reading) for 2018.

ONE. Read Less (and not worry about it).

In the past I’d average about 1000+ manga read in a year. But, my reading has changed, and I don’t have the time or the inclination to read that much anymore. It was fun to go for a number goal, but this no longer important. Instead, I’m interested in reading broadly, and picking up titles I just want to read. I’ve set my GoodReads goal at 100 books, which will let me track what I’m reading throughout the year, but take away the stress of having to reach a certain number.

TWO. Get back to the shelf challenge.

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And So It Begins… Again.

2017 was a terrible blogging year for me. So in around October and November when I had begun to think about what I wanted to do in 2018 I realized that I either needed to start over with this blog, or abandon it completely.

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I’ve basically had a blog since about 1997. And back then, before YouTube was a thing, I was happy to devote my creative energies to it. After blogging for nearly 20 years, I wanted a chance to try something new, and discovered making YouTube videos. I have been doing that now for 2 years — and even though it hasn’t always been easy, I’m enjoying it more and more.

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