This week’s theme on the Disney Blog Hop (hosted by Babes in Disneyland), is “why you started your blog and…anything special you have going on in regards to it”. There is a real danger here of this running too long. I’ll type very carefully…
I’ve always been inclined to write ever since I learned how. I’ve kept daily journals and dream logs. I wrote lengthy notes to classmates and 10-page letters to distant family.
I’ve always been a writer…I always will be.
After becoming a member of DVC in spring of 2007, I discovered my first Disney fan site, Tagrel.com and was introduced to the concept of a trip report. I knew immediately that I wanted to write one of my own.
On my next vacation, I tried my hand at it, but failed. It was much harder than I anticipated. I refused to give up…I knew I would try again.
In September 2008, I completed my first full Walt Disney World trip report. I wrote a detailed account and included lots of fun photos. I was so proud of what I created and I still am.
Day One – Follow the Magic
Day Two – We Arrive
Day Three – First Park
Day Four – Magic Kingdom at Last
Day Five – Hello to Disney’s Hollywood
Day Six – EPCOT Revisited
Day Seven – A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That
Day Eight – Return to the Studios
I started actual blogging on myspace. I wrote about Disney and I wrote about dreams. I wrote about my mother’s cancer and her dying.
I wrote about whatever would cross my mind…with no particular audience in mind. I assumed no one was reading anyway. I wrote just to write. I was totally surprised by the number of views my posts received…which inspired me to write more.
My attempts to obtain a seat on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel motivated me to go further with my blog. I moved from myspace to free blog services. I published on blogger, live journal and wordpress…settling in finally with wordpress for aesthetic reasons. I found it easier to format and I really liked the way it looked.
After that…came the 2010 Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration. It was my first ever blogging conference and what an eye-opening experience it was! I had no idea how big blogging was until then. It’s amazing…astounding really, how many bloggers are out there. And with so many different kinds of blogs. This is not going to go away…and I hope to continue with it as it grows.
As for the future of my blog…I have no long term expectations for it. I am currently working on a series of how-to posts that involve some vlogging. This is a big deal for me because I am somewhat TERRIFIED of speaking on camera and sharing what I’m saying with the world. I want to get over this, so I’m forcing myself through it.
Moving forward…I think I can.