Six months ago, I launched Cruise Law News. My goal was to be the go-to source for breaking "cruise law" news with articles filled with with my own unabashed opinion regarding the cruise industry.
The first month I had 964 people stumble upon the blog. I was ecstatic! Thirty people a day actually looked at my blog and took the time to read a few pages!
Since then, I have written feverishly - averaging over a blog a day - for six months. My subscriptions have exploded and the number of people reading the blog has increased exponentially.
Over 51,000 readers visited Cruise Law News last month alone. We have been contacted by reporters from the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Canada, and the Caribbean islands - as well as local and national newspapers and television networks in the U.S.
One of the most rewarding things about the blog is that cruise passengers are now contacting us before they cruise - to inquire about the safety and security of their family on cruises, which cruise lines are safe and which cruise ships to avoid - rather than after they have been victimized. Our blog is helping get the word out there about the issue of cruise crimes which most Americans know nothing about.
I would like to think that the success of this blog is due to my hard work, getting up at 5:00 a.m. every morning to write, as well as my keen insight and biting commentary. But, no. That would not be true at all. Its the cruise industry's incredible shenanigans which drive readers to Cruise Law News.
Just today, I commented on the unexpected and completely unjust end of an seven year ordeal involving the date-rape-drug-induced death of cruise passenger Dianne Brimble on a P & O cruise ship - juxtaposed against the revelation that Carnival teamed up with a corrupt brokerage firm which hired strippers for a swinger's cruise.
It's impossible to make this stuff up.
So thanks to the cruise industry, with all of its shameless tax-avoiding executives, high paid lobbyists and deceptive PR firms, and its consistently ambiguous moral compass - for making my little blog a huge success.
Stay tuned, the fun has just begun.
Special thanks and credit:
Laurie Dishman - who fights the cruise industry every day with dignity, integrity, and relentless ferocity.
Ken Carver - who started the fight for justice, led the way, and has never given up.