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 (Iâ€™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. Itâ€™s also great hearing how Iâ€™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, itâ€™s all a learning experience and Iâ€™m so very happy I started Travel Betty. Iâ€™d encourage anyone who is thinking of starting their own blog to take the leap. Weâ€™ve all got amazing stories to share, no matter what the topic.
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.