Friday, March 13, 2015

How Disney Hipster Blog Helps Me

   I love writing Disney Hipster Blog. I know that there isn't as much actual writing as there should be, and that we rely entirely too much on photos of ourselves.  However, I think we have filled up our niche market. After three and a half years of solid growth I feel like things are dying down somewhat.  And you know what? I'm so happy about that.
    When it comes down to it, my job is scrolling through old Walt Disney World photos. Thousands upon thousands of photos.  Because I don't live anywhere near a Disney park, and because I "write" a blog that tends to focus on parks (even though WE DO OTHER THINGS TOO...) I have to archive my trips a little more than the average guest.  This archival process has left me with so many amazing photos...and hence memories.  I love the obligation I feel to documenting the things we love and hate during our Disney World vacations, because it make ME happy.
   My blog has been criticized in the past for being lazy and obsolete.  No, we do not provide news coverage (though we tried a few times...) and since I have a hard time articulating my thoughts on history that subject has been a struggle that I still continue. One thing that I think we have really stuck with is creating original creative content (Let's Move To Disney World, Christmas In Adventureland, etc...) of which I am so super proud. But like I said, this blog makes ME happy.
    These almost 1,000 blog posts have served as a giant scrap book.  And while the Disney Hipster Podcast may only come out once a month now, and our dreams of branding Disney Hipsters further may have fallen by the wayside, the truth remains that this blog remains a delightful hobby for me that I get so much joy out of.  Again, I'd like to reiterate that I do not fancy myself a writer in any capacity, but I enjoy sharing these silly posts with you guys a couple times a week.
   Writing Disney Hipster Blog has taught me so much about Disney World, and also helped me hone my knowledge and ability to articulate my thoughts.  For that I am so grateful.  This blog post started off sounding like a breakup letter, but its actually quite the opposite.  Because I write DHB mainly for myself, and HAPPEN to have tons of readers, I am going to continue this for as long as it makes me happy.  Think of this as a re-commitment letter.  Anyway, I'm not sure what spurred this post.  Truth be told, when I opened blogger this morning it was to write a long overdue Animal Kingdom Artifact.  
   I hate getting serious and here are some of my favorite photos from the years BEFORE Disney Hipster Blog...

Me on the teacups in 2007. The ugly brown hair is bananas. 

I love seeing Adam this happy. :)

Coldly standing next to things since the beginning. 

    Thank you so much for reading and your continued support.  I love the Disney Hipster Melange. What? You didn't know you had a nickname?  If you don't already, go ahead and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 


  1. Glad to hear the DHB still brings you happiness! I really enjoy your blog and podcast ( still adjusting to the once a month schedual- I miss you guys)
    Just have to say I love the black hair

  2. I love that you mention the "scrapbook" thing. I feel like that way about THP too. It's amazing to see where we were then and where we are now. I can't believe so many years have passed, actually. I feel like a completely different person than when I started, and my love for Disney has only grown because of everything I've learned and experienced through it. I'm not sure if "obsolete" is the right word (I can't think of what it might be) but I wish that readers fawned more over original content, instead of hanging on for the next news story or "news story". That's always been one disappointment, especially when, as the writer, you are excited as anything to get these creative posts out. I know there's always a part of me that will feel on the "outside" because of it. I'm not sure what that says about the community or internet readers, or what. But it's something I'm fascinated by. Here's to another 1000 blog posts. (Oh gosh, it makes me so tired to think about it. haha)

  3. Love the blog and the Podcast! Glad you're keeping them both going. I have a travel and food blog that I'm pretty sure only me and my mom read, but It's so awesome to look back on those trips and relive the details that would surely have been forgotten. Looking forward to the next (hopefully super sized) podcast episode.

  4. You guys are my favourite blog. The content is perfect. Don't stop.

  5. Aw, this is so nice. I'm a newcomer to your blog and I enjoy it so much. Keep it up!

  6. I love your blog and your podcast and your bar crawls. I'm so glad it's not just another blog that copies and pastes Disney press releases. Keep up your original content and fabulous photos please! <3