I'm sure we've all heart the term "It's different, once you have your own" - mostly in terms of children. You can sometimes hear parents tell their childless friends this when they are talking about how much they don't want children for some reason. This got me thinking. Has my attitude changed since actually owning a BJD? Have my attitude towards certain aspects of the hobby changed, now that I have a doll, and can actually understand why people do certain things with their dolls, such as sueding, modding, and sewing? For me, I had trouble understanding certain aspects of the hobby - like modifications. I had been under the misconception that modifications meant a heavily modded doll, and not something so minor as in pierced ears or eye opening. I also hadn't spent a lot of time on DoA since joining, so I didn't really get to learn this until I decided I was going to buckle down and save for my first doll. When I started researching, and finally got to own my doll, I became more involved in the hobby and got to learn more about what owners do. I also never believed I'd ever own one to begin with. When I first learned about these dolls, I believed they were all as expensive as Volks, and I knew I wasn't going to be able to save for that. I found that there were other brands and looked into those to get my first. Now I have two. If you'd told me two years ago that I'd have not one, but two BJDs by now, I wouldn't believe you. Quite simply: - Did your attitude towards BJDs, or the hobby in general change once you got your own doll? How? (New Questions) - What would you say to someone who might have thought the way you used to, but hasn't owned a doll yet? - Are there any feelings or attitudes towards the doll hobby that you have held onto, even when you got a doll of your own?