Expert – Who Me?
Whenever people contact me through my doll blog to ask for information about something doll related my first reaction is to be flattered, my second is surprise. I don’t consider myself an expert in any area of doll collecting but apparently others do because I blog about it. I get a lot of comments from readers in Canada especially and can’t help wondering how a person in Australia got to be considered an expert on Canadian dolls! I do like them however so keep the questions coming, we might all learn something.
Although it makes me feel good it also makes me feel a sense of responsibility towards the people who read the blog.
I try to find out as much as I can about a subject I want to write about and I include links to the sites I go to for information so that people can verify what I have said but also so that the real experts who compiled the information in the first place will get the credit. If I don’t know something I say so and if I write an opinion piece I say that it is my opinion only.
I don’t believe that just having an interest in something makes you an expert. I think that knowledge and experience do. Experience I do have. I’ve liked dolls since I was a small child so that’s fifty plus years of interest. I started collecting seriously in the mid to late 1990’s which I’ve recently realised means that I’ve been at it for close to 20 years so I guess I have experience covered.
As for knowledge, I read books and magazines and now search for websites with good information to share. I encourage fellow collectors to share what they know so maybe in another ten or twenty years I really will be an expert.