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QOTW: How many is too many?

Written on September 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

“I’ve reached my limit.” “I’d really like to downsize.” “One in, one out. I can’t go over 5.”

I’m sure these are all very familiar words that have been echoed through online forums and at doll meets. A lot of people have a maximum number of dolls that they’d like to stick to. I did too, once upon a time.

When I got my first Blythe, a Cappuccino Chat (Sophie), I told myself that I was only going to have one. Then a month later, my Love Mission (Belarus) arrived. That lasted long.

Then I told myself that I would only have five dolls. Then that became six. Then I bought my Kenner (Emmalynn), who is number seven.

First Kenner love
Kenner #1, Emmalynn.

Of course the next logical ‘limit’ number was ten. So I told myself “Ten’s a nice round number. I’ll stop at ten.”

"Hello! My name is Cameo. I'm new here."
Blythe #15, a Friends With Blythe custom named “Cameo”.

That did not last long. How many dolls do I currently have? Well, I recently added #15. Well, #15 if you don’t include my Middie, Petites or other dolls. As it is, at 15 I still do not have a BL, which I would very much love to add to my doll family one day. Which would mean a minimum of 16 dolls. Is that too much? I know some people are probably reading this and thinking “15? That’s nothing! I have 2-5x more than you!” and I think that’s great! The more dolls the merrier, right? But then I’m sure there’s also some people reading and thinking “15?  I have 1. Clearly I have more self-control than you do if you couldn’t keep with your original self-imposed limit!” and if you managed to stay at one, I do applaud your self control because I would find it very hard to downsize, at this point, to one Blythe.

How many dolls is too many dolls?

Do You Have a Blythe Blog? Share it!

Written on August 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News

Every once in a blue moon while, I updated other pages around BlytheLife. This past week, I updated the Links page here on the website. It was mostly to remove dead links and to update the always growing list of blogs and online shops that have been featured here on BlytheLife. Any blogs that had not updated this year got removed (sorry!) and I’m on the search for new-to-me doll blogs to add to the list!

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Do you have a Blythe blog?

My preference would be for Blythe blogs, or Blythe-related blogs. And you don’t need to solely blog about Blythe like I do, it can be a blog where you talk about many types of topics and Blythe. Because we all know that our favourite big-headed doll has a big head for a reason! If you’re the administrator of a Blythe-related Facebook group, I would also like to start a list of Facebook groups that you all find useful, either for information or for buying/selling/trading. You can leave the link down below in the comments as well if you have any suggestions!

And for those that don’t have a Blythe blog and would like to start one, I published a 5 part series on Doll Blogging in 2011 that’s loaded with tips on setting up your own blog and promoting it.

Comment below or fill out the form at the bottom of the Links page if you’d like your blog added! (Please note, if the purpose of your blog is to only plug your wares and online shop[s], I may not add it but I would welcome the opportunity to interview you!)

What Do I Do (When I’m Not Blogging)

Written on August 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

What do I do when I’m not blogging? Umm… Think about what to blog? When I am not thinking about Blythe or creating new content for BlytheLife, I am:

Doing schoolwork or I’m at clinical (a.k.a. practicum). Last week I just began my third, and last, year of nursing school. As the school year gets busier, I tend to write most, if not all, of my blog posts well in advance of them publishing. Education, to me, is both a right, a privilege, and a luxury. On all levels, it is something that enjoy (even when I don’t) because learning is wonderful and I quite like learning.

I have 2 binders worth of material for one summer course. #nursingspecialty

Hanging out with friends (dolly friends & non-dolly friends).

Browsing the internet to see what new dolls I want. The correct answer is “all of them”, by the way. Of the Blythe variety, I don’t often fancy after ball-jointed dolls unless it’s very specific ones. Unicorn or deer BJDs? Yes. Wants. I don’t even know the stock name. Click to read more of this entry.

QOTW: Have you ever preordered based on an illustration?

Written on August 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

The majority of Blythe releases are prefaced with an illustration, followed by promotional photos, and then the actual doll. Depending on the instant popularity of the doll based on the illustrations (or promotional photos), it could be very easy or very difficult to get your hands on a preorder for a particular doll. The most recent anniversary Blythe and Middie duo comes to mind with quite a few people upset over not being able to gain access to the website at all.

20140825Kitty Brighton (Jackie Ramone Middie).

I have personally never preordered a Blythe (of any size) based purely on the illustration. I have, however, bought a doll based on the promotional photographs. I wasn’t won over by the illustrations, but Jackie Ramone (the Middie) won me over when CWC released the promotional photographs. I loved everything about her. From the shade of her hair, to the fact that she had brown eyes, and those boots! I’m sure you all know by now how much I love doll shoes… Jackie Ramone (renamed Kitty Brighton when she arrived) remains, to this day, the only doll that I have ever purchased prior to seeing out-of-box photos of her from other collectors. I have been tempted by other dolls, but I never pulled the figurative trigger on trying to get my paws on a preorder. So very tempted! But the price, and timing, at the time wasn’t right.

There are times when I have regretted not getting in on some dolls while I still could have, as some dolls are amazingly expensive due to popularity now. But, I digress, my Blythe life didn’t play out the way that I wanted it to – and that is okay! There are always other dolls. Nicer dolls. Better dolls.

At least that’s what I tell myself.

Have you ever preordered a Blythe based on an illustration alone?

Sponsor BlytheLife in September!

Written on August 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News

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You have a doll-related website/shop/blog and BlytheLife has your target audience!

BlytheLife.com is an active doll website with a high readership that primarily consists of women who are Blythe and other doll collectors/hobbyists. By advertising your doll-related site or business with BlytheLife, you can ensure that your ad is being seen by the people that are your potential customers. Every time someone visits BlytheLife, they’ll see your ad on the side!

Did you know? Sponsorship costs are purposely kept low to keep advertising accessible to people in the doll community.

There are three spots currently available for the month of September and all sponsorship funds from now until July 2015 will be donated to BlytheCon Vancouver 2015!

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If you’d like more information on how you can advertise on BlytheLife, click here.

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