What initially struck me was even as a sixty five year old how technology had left the top of the hobby behind, was it just in the UK?
Now I have worked in the comms industry alongside the military for some years but in no way am I an expert but at least they use social media to promote and expand.
So here are some of my main gripes as I see to what is turning people away or not joining philately.
I initially went to the main authorities to see about membership and learning values, below are some of my thoughts.
The Royal Philatelic Society London
You open the site page and the first thing that struck me was a donate button, so I thought that's good they are donating to our NHS in these difficult times. No your donating to them for the future !
There is no mention of a membership structure on the front. This is further in on another page.
You have to print a form off and send it in to join. No modern option available.
There is no mention of a youth section. Membership is for 18 years or over only.
Is there a youth section or associated group. No.
What about social media? Does not appear or is not immediately visible.
All the initial images show members in formal dress and settings, no relaxation of these. We live in 2020 now and formal dress is ok at the right time for the right visit so please relax to encourage others to board.
Oh I nearly forgot that you need a proposer and seconder from the society to join and it ONLY takes three months for them to decide whether you meet the criteria.
So my initial impression was they obviously only want you to join a local club and society and are not interested in young members, those of us who are returning to the hobby or the ordinary collector.
And I shall go further if the hobby is to be promoted it needs to start at the top with others following that leadership, therefore I can only conclude they ( RPSL) are not interested. What an opportunity they are missing.
I understand that it is granted a Royal patronage but you have to move with the times they seem oblivious to this.
If anyone disagrees with this please contact me to have a constructive discussion, oh and also have a look at what the American Philatelic Society are doing to promote the hobby it puts the above to shame in many ways.
Post number 2 on this subject will appear soon.