Sunday, July 25, 2010

Celebrating Blogging for One Quarter of a Year (or Lessons Learned So Far)

Tomorrow Growing Up Disney will be three months old.  Hooray!  We've posted nearly 70 articles and still have many more waiting to be written. 
Here are a few of the things I've learned so far as a blogger.  This process has made me a much better consumer of social media.

1. Blogging is hard work.  If you read blogs on any topic, please know that author has a true passion for that topic and spends hours writing, designing, and promoting. 

2. Blogging gives you the chance to meet some great people.  Through the process of spreading the word about the blog, I have come in contact with some great Disney fans in multiple countries.  How cool is it that I can chat with another Disney fan in England who also calls her daughter Tink?

3. Bloggers love feedback.  I get excited when someone shares their own story in the comments section of the blog, or on Facebook or Twitter.  Now I make an effort to provide feedback and/or share things I've read.

4. Bloggers need to be organized.  Trying to publish 5 days a week and promote those articles has required some real organization.  My hat is off to the big sites with tons of content.  Wow, you must be busy!

5. Readers of blogs need to be thanked regularly.  I once learned in a journalism class that the easiest thing to do is just stop reading.  Thank you to the readers of our blog that you've stuck with us and are making this a better place all the time. 

6. Those who support such a project need to be thanked regularly.  My husband has been very understanding of the time it takes to keep this blog going.  Thanks Andy!  I'd like to thank my brother Chris AKA Ridge and my father AKA DisneyDad for coming along with me on this project. They love to talk Disney as much as I do, so it didn't take much arm twisting.  I've also met some people who have been very supportive and willing to suggest the blog to others or pass along a specific article.  Thank you so much for helping to spread the word.  You are vital to our success.  I hope I can also help others get more readers as we must lift up others to move forward ourselves.

I just wanted to let you know that I am working hard for you but am enjoying every minute.  THANKS!


  1. What great lessons learned, I couldn't agree with them more!

  2. Thank you for sharing your time and information with us. It's nice to see a family working together this way.

  3. Thank you both so much!

    And I have been blessed with a great family!


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