Guest interview – Tracy DeLuca of Travel Betty

Tracy Deluca is the author of the Travel Betty blog which “encourages fearless independent travel for women”. Tracy believes “travel is freedom”.

1 What is the aim of your blog?

Travel is a passion of mine and I put a lot of time and effort into researching destinations. I realized that I had a lot of knowledge that would be useful to pass along and I wanted to encourage more people, especially women, to get out there and see more of the world.

2 What prompted you to start your own blog?

I love writing as much as I love travel. I had been writing another blog called How I Died Today. It was just for fun and to learn blogging basics. After taking a travel writing seminar in San Francisco about a year and a half ago, I decided to switch over and focus on Travel Betty.

3 What has been the hardest aspect of having your blog?

Finding time to write posts. I have so many thoughts and ideas, but I never seem to have enough time to write it all up. The other hard part was finding a blog techie who was competent and reliable. I finally found Joel at BlogTechGuy.com and he helped to whip my blog into shape.

4 What is the funniest thing that has happened to you running your blog?

Nothing particularly hilarious has happened so far (I’m hopeful it will!). But I have been able to meet some really amazing people through blogging. I met up with Chris at Nomad4Ever.com when I was in Bali last year and that was a real treat. It’s also great hearing how I’ve been able to help other Betties plan their own trips. I love it when someone writes back and lets me know that something I wrote led them to their own grand adventure.

5 Is there anything you would do differently with the benefit of hindsight?

I would have gotten someone to help me with the technical aspects right from the beginning. I also would have started off with my own domain name and used a hosting company like Dreamhost. I started off using Blogger and had to switch a few months in. That was a time consuming process. But really, it’s all a learning experience and I’m so very happy I started Travel Betty. I’d encourage anyone who is thinking of starting their own blog to take the leap. We’ve all got amazing stories to share, no matter what the topic.

My comments

I think it is a good idea to self host your own blog from the outset, it gives you more freedom and control. Luckily one of our sons is my IT expert (he’s a 3rd year computing student} and he got my Europe a la Carte blog set up as part of my main site. Unless you are in the fortunate position of being an all rounder, a blogger really needs some technical support.

Finding the time to write posts is always an issue. This is especially true for me now that I write five posts a week for Wandalust as well as writing for my own blog. I find I might have a good idea for a post but if I don’t take a note of it there and then I’ll probably forget it.

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I’m Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews.

I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels