It is hard to believe that it has been five years this month since I wrote my first ever post “How I Became A Doll Collector”. At that time I didn’t know if I would enjoy blogging or have the committment to keep it up. Happily the answer to both those questions is “Yes!”.
There have been a few changes over time. I think my writing and photography have improved for one thing. The blog has gone through various changes in appearance, different backgrounds, different themes etc until the current format which I quite like although that is not to say I’ll never change it again.
Naomi has joined me as a writer and photographer which has made the whole thing even more fun and together we’ve shopped for dolls, researched dolls and talked dolls as we’ve tried to identify our own mystery dolls and those of readers.
I started the blog with the aim of firstly sharing the enjoyment of my hobby with like-minded people and secondly sharing information and encouraging others to do the same. I started photographing my Fashion Avenue and Fashion Fever Barbie outfits partly for my own records but also as a way to help others identify odd pieces they find. Of course it’s also a very good excuse to play with dolls.
When I started to collect I have to admit I was a bit furtive about it because I thought that people might think I was weird as I had no children or grandchildren and was buying dolls for myself. Over twenty years of collecting later and I don’t really care what people think. I love my hobby and I’m not afraid to mention it to people in conversation although I don’t go on about it unless I’m asked. I’ve found through the online communities of firstly Yahoo and later WordPress, Blogger and Facebook that there are a lot of people out there who feel the same way as I do and that’s good to know.
Plans for the future? Well to keep on collecting obviously and also to keep on fixing up the stray dolls that come my way via the Op Shop.
I’ve just ordered myself a little photo cube and some lights and I am looking forward to experimenting with it in order to take better doll photos using backgrounds and props. I want to get back to my neglected knitting and maybe at some point sewing as I still have a lot of dolls in need of clothing. I hope to get to doll shows and other doll related events and write about them and to continue to develop the Fashion Fever identification page with the help of our readers.
In other words I intend to keep doing what I’m doing.