My grandmother just told me she's going to be writing me a check, and I'm about to get my first BJD for an early birthday gift. However, now that I have the money, I'm feeling a bit nervous. This is a new hobby for me, and it is a bit expensive. So I have one question: How did you know this hobby was for you? I have never been to a meet, never seen a doll in real life, and I'm a bit nervous to make that plunge. Is that normal? Thank you for your help. Mods, feel free to delete this if a thread exists already or move it if it's in the wrong spot. EDIT: Thank you so much for everyone who responded. Not only have you helped me a whole bunch, I can see now (that my doll is home) that everyone was right: If you never try, you'll never know. I'm certainly enjoying this hobby and I've only had Allison for two weeks. I hope this helps others as well who feel they are in the same boat as I was. Thanks again!