It’s hard to believe, but DisneyTouristBlog.com launched one year ago today. In that time, we’ve seen a strong surge in readership, growing from 1 reader (my mom–even I didn’t read this garbage!) back on February 24, 2011 to over 11 readers today (our dog and cat count, right?). As we reach our anniversary date today, we’re quite proud that this has been our most successful week ever, traffic-wise, and we still have two days to go before the week is over!
It’s been a lot of fun sharing our photos, reviews, and other content with you, and we really appreciate all of your support. It’s almost cliche for a website to thank its readers for helping it grow, but really, without all you readers, this blog would not have grown like it has. As you may know, there are a lot of Disney fan-based websites out there, and given the sheer number of other sites, especially those that have been well-established since the late 1990s, it’s very difficult for a new site to find a readership. While we’re nowhere as popular as some of the big Disney fan sites, we have been shocked and amazed at how many of you have read and shared our content. From the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely thank you for that, and we hope you continue to read and share our content with your Disney-loving friends. There’s a reason we basically beg you to share the content at the end of most posts we write—because that really does help us reach a greater audience. So continue to share! If you do and we see you in the parks, we’ll buy you a cookie or something.
When we welcomed you to the site on February 24, 2011 (check out the post to see our original logo!), our mission statement, of sorts, was to offer a website that would be “different from the myriad of other Disney sites out there offering travel advice, as we will interject our wit, unique writing style, and quality photography to supplement our objective-as-possible takes on our experiences.” Now, I’d like to think we’ve stayed true to that as much as possible, but please let us know if we have deviated from this aim, or if we ever do. We don’t want to go on “auto-pilot” churning out the same press release style fluff that is found on some other sites, so make sure to keep us in line if that has (or ever does) happen.
We’ve had a lot of fun this first year—for those of you who have just joined us, here are a handful of our favorite posts from the past year:
As for the future? Well, there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day. We have a lot of exciting Disney-related things on our plates this year, some of which are planned for the website, and some are not. None of these things are ready to be announced quite yet (so why the heck did we just tease them—sorry about that!), but many of them should be pretty exciting. As always, we plan on continuing to travel way-too-much (look for us out at Disneyland for “One More Disney Day”) and reporting on our experiences with all of you.
With that said, to all who have come to this happy place, DisneyTouristBlog.com, THANKS!