I was covering Disneyland and tourism news when a 5.4 magnitude quake shook near north Orange County July 29, 2008. After the Register’s north county bureau stopped shaking the staff split up to cover their respective beats and I headed out to Disneyland. The link above points to the blog post I wrote summing up the post-quake environment at the happiest place on earth. I covered the story live via my iPhone – e-mailing in images and information for the blog and main quake story.
Archive for Blogging
Something I learned through my work on the Around Disney blog is that user participation is key. Respecting the community and taking oneself off the old-world journalist pedestal is key. On the blog “Your Tips” was a key way of folding in user content. Nearly everyone who has visited a theme park has come up with a few tactics or tips they employ during visits. Disneyland visitors are at the center of this group. In the tip linked to above a reader shares tips on how to find short lines in theme parks.
I began covering technology in October 2007 when the Register’s technology reporter went on maternity leave. After a few months on the job, my editor Kevin Sablan and I began realizing the huge growth and future in mobile. After tossing several ideas around we settled on a crazy idea: to cover mobile applications. Mind you: this was December 2007. Apple did not allow apps to be developed for the iPhone until spring 2008. Sure mobile apps were around before the iPhone allowed them – but Apple made “apps” a regular thing. We were so early to the game that I was able to compile a list of all the apps in development at the time for the iPhone and Android operating systems.
After a few months, and when the tech reporter came back from maternity leave in early 2008, Register editors decided to end the mobile blog. I was moved over to work on sprucing up our tourism and Disney coverage.
This is not your typical watchdog story – but a consumer story. Rather than regurgitating Apple’s press release on ringtones, I explained that it still did not meet the wants of its customers.