Luggage and Literature with Blogger Tana Henry

December 2, 2015

Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where are you from? Where do you currently live?

When I’m not traveling, I live in Nebraska with my husband (Mike), dog (Emmy), and cat (Scout). I’m originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota. I’m an attorney, play the cello, and enjoy reading.

What first inspired you to start your blog? Since then, which destinations have you covered?

I love to travel, and wanted an outlet to share about my adventures. Friends and family often ask about places that we’ve visited, and the blog gives me a way to tell everyone about where we went and what we did. Since I started my blog (about a year ago), I’ve written about my international trips (Bonaire, Roatan, Playa Del Carmen Mexico, France, England), my domestic trips (Atlanta, Louisville, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando & the Universal theme parks, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, San Diego, the Black Hills), and some other fun roadside attractions closer to home (Nebraska).

What is the main purpose of your blog? Is there a message that you’re trying to convey to your readers?

My blog is called Luggage and Literature. I write about traveling (locations, things to do, where to stay, hotels, packing tips) and literature (the books that I read each month and while traveling). I want my readers to know the joy of visiting a new location or digging into a wonderful book!

What gets you into the writing mode?

I find it easiest to write when I’m excited about my topic. I tend to write in bursts of creativity, and then go back and edit the posts and schedule them at a separate time.

What are some exciting partnerships, connections, or opportunities that have come out of your blog?

Since my blog is still relatively new, I’ve focused on putting out great content to build the site. The most exciting thing that’s happened is when a blogger that I read comments on a post. Fan girl squeal!

Is your blog a business? If so, what are some of the ways that you monetize it?

So far, I’ve just focused on creating great content, and haven’t worked to monetize. Perhaps that’ll be something that I work on in year two of the blog.

What advice would you give to other women who are interested in launching a travel blog?

Just go for it and write pieces that you’d love to read!

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