I have found friends with different interests through this hobby: Some use their dolls as a creative outlet for painting faceups and sewing clothes, some like to photograph them, some like to shell their characters, and some just like to stare at them and whisper “I own something pretty…” (I mainly fall into the last category).
My friend, Lise, however falls into the category with shelled characters. Though I don’t know too much about her universe yet (but I will when she publishes her book someday), I do know that she loves her characters and spends so much time developing them (also her character Gerda is too lovely for words). As such she uses different methods of fleshing out her characters, like Selfies (creating pretty avatars of your dolls is something I like doing too, haha!). Another method is Charahub. Lise absolutely loves Charahub. It’s a website where you can input your characters and their likes, dislikes, etc. I find it very interesting, but quite overwhelming! It’s so useful for sitting down and spending times with your characters though, really getting to know them. I’ve tried a few times, and every time I get a little into filling out the questions, then I give up, haha! But Lise fills them out happily, and I admire her for it!
So, please go check out Lise’s Charahub and consider starting your own. I can almost guarantee that she will be happy to check out your characters! (Also, you should put her (Fushite) down as your referrer, she has a far bigger need for extra character space than I…)