I started 2018 facing a couple of decisions and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I decided just to take a “wait and see” approach, fingers crossed that some sort of idea would pop into my head. I continued to post things on the blog as I had the time, and it seemed to be working out okay. I still wanted to make some sort of change though.
In 2017 American Girl had introduced the “Create Your Own” line of dolls. I was curious (as many of us were), but I didn’t want to jump on it immediately. I figured I’d wait until some of the bugs had been worked out. I was glad I did, there were a few issues, primarily with supplies not keeping up with demand which extended wait times considerably. Finally in March of 2018 I decided to take the plunge and order one. I chose to go with my original idea of a doll that was to look like I did as a kid. I remember nervously opening the package, hoping I wouldn’t be disappointed. Happy to say that I wasn’t, not in the least!
After Mimi’s arrival, I decided to make some big changes to how I was doing things in hopes of streamlining things. One was to disassemble the dollhouse. That was a major undertaking, but I’m still glad I did it. All of my furniture and accessories are now in storage boxes to keep them clean and safe until I decide what I’m going to do next. I then proceeded to make a room set just for Mimi. I was really happy with how it turned out!
I decided to focus the majority of the stories on the blog from that point forward about Mimi. She’s my “mini me”, so it seemed appropriate. The other members of the gang will still make appearances as her friends, but she’s now the main character. At one point I actually considered just starting another blog that would just be her, but trying to maintain two blogs just seemed to be more work than I was able to devote. So far what I’m doing seems to be working. Mimi has even gone on two major vacations, Ireland and Disneyworld–how many dolls can say that?
In the meantime, I’ve also made a couple of other decisions. One major one being that I need to eliminate some of the excess stuff I have. It’s really tough when you are writing a blog not to get carried away with buying things, especially when you do features like “Doll Sized Finds”. I’m always on the lookout for items I can use for these posts, and when I was working on the dollhouse, it was great. Now, not so much. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided that some of these items were going to have to go. It’s a slow process, but I think I’ve finally come up with a good solution to it. I’m also trying not to buy anymore, but instead taking photos of items in the store that I think someone might be able to use. So far so good! I’ve already given a nice sized box of stuff to a fellow collector, I did that right after I took the dollhouse apart. I have some other items that are going to go to the daughter of a friend who is into 18″ dolls. It’s all a work in progress and it’s going to take some time.
So…where does that leave the blog? I’m still here, and I’m still writing and I plan on doing it at least for a couple more years. It might take me that long to get my collection to a reasonable size again! One idea I have is to use some of the items I am getting rid of in one last shoot, post the story to the blog, then pass on the items to someone else. I don’t feel bad about doing this with items I’ve found at thrift stores. I look at it this way: I made a donation to a worthy cause. I’m still planning on making stuff, writing stories, doing “Doll Sized Finds” (although maybe with a different twist) and all of the things I have done before. I also have a couple of new ideas in mind, keep your eyes peeled!
Looking back on the past 5 years has been a lot of fun. Yeah, there have been a couple of disappointments, but there have been more awesome moments. I think back on some of my favorite posts–“The Protest”, Cassandra’s Minion birthday party, and of course the “When Bad Things Happen To Good Dolls/Bad Ebay” posts. I wish I could have continued to do the bad Ebay posts, but it got harder and harder to find good material for those. Ebay seems to have been inundated with sellers from overseas selling their cheap items in droves, and weeding through all of that got not only too difficult for me, but also way too time consuming. In all honesty, I barely even go on Ebay anymore to even look for items to buy because it’s so frustrating. Ebay has changed how their search engines work, so trying to narrow down a search for specific items tends to yield a bunch of non-related stuff, it’s very discouraging. Oh well. I just think of all the money I’m saving. There are still a few items I’d like to have for my Kit collection, but I’m not in any hurry at this point. If it’s meant to be, it will happen.
I still love my dolls, and I’m always going to be grateful that something so simple could have introduced me to such a great group of people. I’ve made some friendships that have extended beyond the doll collecting side of things and met people I wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Everyone is always quick to point out all of the negative things about the internet and social media, but I’ve always believed that there can be a good side to it if you exercise some caution and don’t let it take over your life. This blog, and the people I’ve met because of it are proof of that.
Thanks to ALL of you for reading, for your comments, your input and your support over these past 5 years. I couldn’t have done it without you! Even though the number of people reading blogs has dropped off, I’m still dedicated to trying to create a fun space that can be informative, helpful, and just goofy sometimes. I have always tried to be somewhat original in my content, and I will continue to do that. It’s easy to try and follow the trends, do what everyone else is doing, but it would be pretty boring if everyone was doing the exact same thing, wouldn’t it? While I might not be posting as much as I have in the past, I’m going to try my best to keep moving forward and sharing my crazy doll adventures with everyone.
I’d love to hear in the comments what is your favorite post I’ve done? (Or posts!) Was there anything I’ve done that you didn’t like? I’d like to hear about that too! I try to use some of the blog stats and comments to get ideas on new things to do or what I should stop doing because it’s not working. That’s not always foolproof though and reader input is always helpful.
I think I’ve done enough talking–it’s time to celebrate! Thank you for all the good wishes, hopefully we will be doing this again in another 5 years!