Call it fluff or filler if you will, I think that is the intended purpose of that monthly column (one page) "World Class" to provide some comic relief and balance out some of the more serious or formal articles in the journal. The column is a quick enjoyable read, telling a story with lighthearted anecdotes, sometimes the author poking fun at himself for trying to be a worldwide collector at this age rather than a specialist.
In our survey, a significant number of readers thought we needed a general interest/slice of philatelic life sort of thing. This may or may not scratch the itch.
I'm sure you can imagine that we run the gamut of experience and interests. So we try to reach all the audiences.
Whether the AP is struggling to find content to fill the pages, hard to say. If anyone has something better they would like to see published, I'm sure the APS would appreciate the submissions. In fact, some of those AI-generated stories in another thread are pretty good and possibly worth sharing (properly attributed, of course).
We're not struggling to get content, but we do have certain focuses where we could use more content. So for folks who have always wanted to submit something to the AP: Canada, UK, and Germany are the largest interests besides the U.S. among members. First-day or topical submissions would also be topics that would get consideration.
Remember the first rule of The American Philatelist
is that it is for members, by members. So authors are welcome.
I have a couple of authors whose biggest complaint is that we ask for too much research. We also suggest sharing tools and speaking to a broader audience so that non-specialists can follow along.
We have also introduced The Marketplace to discuss buying and selling and The Letter Opener as a primary for postal history.
We strive to bring a good journal to the membership and our editor, Susanna Mills and associate editor, Jeff Stage are a good team.