JL SPEAKS-FITTING IN THE DISNEY CROWD

JeniLynn Knopp (234 Posts)

JeniLynn was born and raised in South Florida. Being so close to Walt Disney World, she grew up regularly visiting the Mouse and developed a fascination with the creativity of Disney Parks. Noticing that her happiest moments seemed to always take place in Walt Disney World, JeniLynn began trying to recreate the magic of Disney in her everyday life beginning in her pre-teen years. Adulthood, sixteen years of marriage, and three children later, JeniLynn continues to lead a Disney Driven Life and diligently works to pass her love for Disney on to her husband and children. She has blogged for Touring Plans and been a contributing writer for The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and she currently co-hosts Orlando Attractions Magazine: The Show; however, her primary focus has always been with the community that has grown around her own site, The Disney Driven Life. Through these venues JeniLynn strives to help other Disney fans stay connected to the brand that has served as a keystone in her family’s life.


Dear JL,

Hey there!  I just thought I’d write to you because you might understand my frame of mind right now.  Do you ever just want to give up completely on the Disney community thing?  I’ve tried to jump in at different forums and on twitter.  It is just so frustrating.  Then I see all the goings-on among people that have known each other forever on the Disney boards and twitter, and I think, “Why bother? I’m never going to fit in there.  They only RT things from friends or respond enthusiastically to the known people.  I’m never going to be able to compete with what’s already out there.”  I just want to give up.

I needed to vent a little I guess.  Thanks for reading this.

Signed, Discouraged

Dear Discouraged,

Yes, I have those days ALL THE TIME!  I’m not kidding either.  It is very frequent that I want to throw in the towel because I feel like I am not interacting enough or I am not “in.”  I see inside jokes being thrown between cliques on twitter and in the forums, and I feel like an outsider.  I see people making plans with one another to which I’m not invited and feel unwanted.  I will have a blog post go up sometimes and only a couple (if any) people will actually leave a comment, and I feel like I have failed at connecting.  But in all honesty, I think a lot of the isolated feelings stem from the disjointed form of communication we are tryng to use.  It’s hard to know if people don’t respond to tweets and posts because they don’t like you, or if it’s because they just didn’t see them.

In my minimal experience online, I’ve come to realize that what often feels like “not fitting in” is just due to trying to participate in an imperfect form of communication.

There are times when feeling “left out” is an accurate perception.  I have dealt with many clique-type attitudes in more than one Disney forum.  I have even been undeniably snubbed on twitter and in chat rooms.  It is ugly.  It is mean.  It is wrong.

In some cases, I have decided that I don’t want to participate in the group.  In other cases, the media platform has been big enough where I could find other areas on it to socialize.

But regardless of what is decided, in order to find a place in the Disney community one must show persistance.  Keep tweeting, following, posting, offering help, etc. You’ll find that it will come.

My main point is that there is no need for insecurity.  Just be yourself.  That is the best way to draw people.  If you try to be someone you’re not just for the sake of fitting in, people will see through you and be turned off by it.

Chin up! I’ve had my days where the purpose of my activity got lost.  On those days I’ve had to step back and take a breather.  But I’ve always returned and put my Mickey ears back on.  I hope you decide to do the same.

Neurotically yours,

JL (NDM#1)

Contributed by: JL (NDM#1). JL is our Disney Driven Lifestyle Coach and creator of The Disney Driven Life as well as the Neurotic Disney People Community.  If you have a question that you would like to ask JL, write to her at ndm1@thedisneydrivenlife.com with “JL Speaks” in the subject line.

JeniLynn Knopp

JeniLynn was born and raised in South Florida. Being so close to Walt Disney World, she grew up regularly visiting the Mouse and developed a fascination with the creativity of Disney Parks. Noticing that her happiest moments seemed to always take place in Walt Disney World, JeniLynn began trying to recreate the magic of Disney in her everyday life beginning in her pre-teen years. Adulthood, sixteen years of marriage, and three children later, JeniLynn continues to lead a Disney Driven Life and diligently works to pass her love for Disney on to her husband and children. She has blogged for Touring Plans and been a contributing writer for The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and she currently co-hosts Orlando Attractions Magazine: The Show; however, her primary focus has always been with the community that has grown around her own site, The Disney Driven Life. Through these venues JeniLynn strives to help other Disney fans stay connected to the brand that has served as a keystone in her family’s life.

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