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Disney Blog Project: It Begins…

Alex's Disney Blog Project Subscriptions

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This is the first in what will become a very long series of posts I’ve decided to call the ‘Disney Blog Project.’

It all started with a Michael…

What is the ‘Disney Blog Project?’ Glad you asked. Jump in the way-back machine and let the world go slightly out of focus for a second as we travel all the way back to May 2012. My wife Jamie and I had set up the Mouse Monthly blog several months previously and done nothing with it for some time (for more on that, go here). Speaking of doing nothing, I was at work and happened to do a Wikipedia search for Michael Eisner (I’ve since discovered the Disney communities hatred towards the former CEO, but he hosted the Wonderful World of Disney when I was a kid and I still have a soft spot for him). Anyway, while reading the article about Eisner, I started to click on all those links Wikipedia has in their articles leading to associated content. Pretty soon I had two dozen tabs open. And each one of those linked articles lead to more linked articles. In the space of a few days, I had read about and absorbed a large chunk of Hollywood history: why it exists as it does today, who the major players are/were, how the movie studios were born and systematized, etc.

Disney Blog Project Sources

Now you’re probably asking yourself, “what does this have to do with Disney blogs?” I’m getting back to that. For some time, I’ve been a daily follower of the Disney Parks blog, but my exposure to the Disney blogosphere never went any deeper than that. Then one day in my journey of knowledge, I stumbled upon Disneyology, a great blog written by David Younger (or is it Cole- I’m confused). I read his entire archive of posts since day one and became engrossed in the data and details they contained. Wanting more, I absorbed another of his sites, The Neverland Files. Later, this lead me to the trio over at Imagineering Disney, where they had even more for me to learn. In for a penny, in for a pound, so I subscribed to every blog these sites had linked to. And then, being the methodical person I am, I have proceeded to absorb them, top to bottom, in alphabetical order from the top. I started with Jeffrey Peppers 2719 Hyperion, followed by CheriBibi’s 5 Kingdoms and Guy Selgas Angry AP, while keeping up with Disney Parks. Now I’m working my way through Honor Hunters articles on Blue Sky Disney.

The Disney Blog Project Defined

Okay, so there’s the blog part, now where does the project come in? Well, I’m the new kid on the block and obviously these other bloggers have more knowledge than I do when it comes to Disney. My plan is to report interesting things I’ve learned by reading these and other blogs in order to share more with online Disney society. I’ll also try to correlate and expand on their research and ideas where possible. My goal is expressly to promote greater learning and community within Disney fandom. It is not to directly ripoff and redistribute the content of others. In fact, I’ll be asking permission from each site owner before I directly post anything on this website about their work.

Alex's Disney Blog Project Subscriptions

Now you can see why I said this will be a very long series of blog posts. I’ll continue to update you on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ as I progress through each blog, as well as post content here when I can sum things up nicely. I have a list of the Disney blogs in various stages of consumption in the sidebar for your browsing pleasure. I’d appreciate it if you’d recommend new sites for me to study and to comment on these posts if you see something you like. Also, please make sure to visit and support each blog that I cover.

I’m tempted to end this post with something ridiculous like “together we can all make the world more magical,” but I think I’ll just thank you for reading instead. See ya’ real soon!

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Welcome to Mouse Monthly!

Jamie & Alex Blasingame at DCA

Jamie & Alex Blasingame at DCA

Welcome to the Mouse Monthly blog. Someone recently asked us if we knew all of Disneyland’s secrets. Well no, not yet- but we’re working on it.

Hello, we’re Jamie and Alex Blasingame and we love all things Disney. We live and work in Southern California and since first becoming annual passport holders for the Disneyland Resort a year ago, we’ve been over fifteen times. Initially, we felt the need to pack in as much as possible on each visit, but now we take a much more leisurely pace and notice more and more interesting details each time we go. We’ve picked up numerous books on Disneyland and read them to each other between trips. Then the next time we go back we have fun pointing out new details we’ve learned, such as the history and significance of the shop windows on Main Street, USA.

On our drive home from the park, we always talk about new experiences we’ve had and ideas to ‘plus’ the parks, as Walt would put it. So we’re having a blog to talk about all of that and all things Disney. Stay tuned for more and we’ll see ya’ real soon!’

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