Thursday, June 30, 2011

50. Blogs, Blogs, Blogs

I'm happy to say that tonight I have reached my goal of 50 articles in my first 6 months of the Digital Disney World blog. I want to thank everyone who has joined me on this new adventure. Whether you have been reading since the beginning of the year or only for the past few postings, I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts on Walt Disney World.  My very first article back on New Years Day was entitled "Podcasts, Podcasts, Podcasts." I thought it made sense to begin Digital Disney World with an article that really exemplified how modern technology keeps us connected with the vacation kingdom. Along those same lines, I decided to bookend my first six months with "Blogs, Blogs, Blogs" to highlight another very popular and very modern way to communicate our thoughts and feelings with people around the world.

When I started Digital Disney World, I actually knew very little about blogging. Over the past several years, I kept hearing the word "blog" but wasn't really sure what it was all about. As I mentioned in my first article, throughout 2010 I became a big fan of several Disney World podcasts. I would often hear the hosts talk about specific blogs and I finally decided to check some of them out for myself.  I was pretty impressed with the blogs that I started reading and wanted to learn more about this new medium. Most of them looked like regular websites and often didn't even mention the actual term "blog" anywhere. I assumed that these websites were professionally created and that the articles must have been posted by experienced writers. I couldn't have been more wrong. After doing a little research, I learned that a blog could be created by nearly anyone who is comfortable using a computer. It wasn't long before I decided to jump into the Disney online community with both feet!

The first thing that got me excited about moving forward with the creation of this blog was the cost. There was none! I was happily surprised to find several blogging hosts that assisted ordinary people in producing relatively professional websites. I chose Google's blogger.com and I was off and running. It was pretty easy to come up with a unique angle to write about when it came to Walt Disney World. I am definitely someone who embraces new technology, and I am always looking at fun new ways to experience Disney. If I couldn't live near the mouse, I thought it would be fun to write about it on a regular basis.

My blog creation station.
As I began this blog, I intended to write mostly about the use of modern technology and how it can be used to keep us connected to Walt Disney World. However, I am also somewhat of a WDW history buff and soon decided to mix in articles that celebrated important dates in Disney World's past. I enjoy researching the details and facts about attractions, resorts, etc. As I have mentioned in a previous article, my family often refers to me as the Cliff Clavin of Disney. I don't mind the comparison as long as I don't become too annoying to those around me.  My passion for "The World" is pretty obvious and once I start talking about it, it can sometimes be difficult to shut me up!

Over the past six months many people have asked me why I decided to get into blogging. Often times they ask if I am doing it to make money or if I'm trying to make a career out of it.  The answer is no to both of these questions. While it is possible to actually make decent money if your blog becomes extremely popular, most bloggers will never generate any serious income. The reason I write the Digital Disney World blog is simply for the enjoyment of doing it. Every three or four days I get to sit down at my computer and "virtually" put myself in Walt Disney World for a couple hours. Although I may not physically be in one of the theme parks, I typically put on some Disney background music and mentally escape to the place that Walt built.

There are alot of great Walt Disney World blogs out there. I intend to write about many of them in the coming months. In the meantime, you can simply do a Google search of "Disney World blogs" to start finding people, like myself, who are also writing about their favorite subject. You will even find that the  Disney Company actually writes their own blog about the parks. I featured this one back in article #20. If you are interested in starting your own blog, whether it be Disney related or not, I suggest you click on the "Create Blog" tab in the upper right corner of this website. Google makes it easy to get started. Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to read the Digital Disney World blog. I look forward to writing another 50 articles this year!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward.  See ya real soon!

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