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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who are you? Why are you doing this site?
My name is Becky Blanton. I started this site as a resource for women of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities who want to live in, or are forced into living in their vehicles.
My Background: I'm a full-time ghostwriter, author, writing coach, and graphic designer, and have been for 10 years. I'm also an associate editor at Airstream Life Magazine, and I freelance write for a variety of other magazines as well. I've been a camper, hiker, outdoorswoman, kayaker etc. for 50+ years. My first outdoor job was a summer spent managing a rafting company on the Chattooga River (Of Deliverance fame), and learning to kayak. I've been a full-time RVer (Class B), and homeless (2006-2007) — living in a Van (My 2009 TED GLOBAL TALK HERE).
I attended the University of Tennessee and majored in Communications/Journalism for three years, then dropped out of College 21 credits shy of a degree to take a job as Assistant Advertising director for a Fortune 500 company. Later, I was a Criminal Justice major at a community college, and graduated from a Colorado Police academy in 1982/83, I was a police officer/school security officer for about two years. Later, I became a massage therapist (VA School of Massage) in order to heal my own health issues — it was cheaper to become a massage therapist and get daily massages than pay someone for the same service. Plus, it helped me understand my body better, and I found out I had a real knack for it as well. I did that for a couple of years before focusing again on journalism/writing.
At 63 I've had a long, fabulous life in the outdoors. I've traveled, camped, hiked, sailed, paddled, and lived all over the USA. I think it's given me the confidence and happiness with myself that I have today. I was a journalist (Gannett, Media General) for 23 years. I have been a ghostwriter for 10 years, and I have freelanced for a variety of magazines (Dog Fancy, Road King, Trailer Life, Parade, Women's World etc.) and newspapers. I love writing. I love sharing my expertise and that of others.
Who is your webhost?
I tried Wix, Squarespace, Wordpress...all the popular webhosts and platforms. But then I went with Weebly.com. It's easy, so easy even I can do it since it's drop and drag. It's affordable, so easy you can get a basic site up in a couple of hours or less (depending on if you have your content and photos ready to upload. You don't need to know code, although if you do, you can customize your site. Highly recommend.
Do you accept guest blogposts?
I do indeed. I don't pay for them, neither do I charge (as some do) for you to submit a guest blog. I do ask that they be well written, pertinent to the focus of this page (living in a vehicle for women), and have something to offer my readers in terms of tips, help, advice, insight etc. That means every post submitted may not be accepted. It's nothing personal, but if it doesn't provide value to my mission here, or is political, hateful, trolling, self-promoting, it's not likely to be used.
Can I send you a book or item to review?
If you're a manufacturer, or writer, or sell camping gear etc. I'm happy to review anything camping/hiking/van/rv related to review. I don't charge for reviews, but I do require a free item to test. After testing and reviewing items are kept and given away to readers in contests etc. My reviews are honest, and are my opinion. If I don't think it will help my readers, I'll say so. Whether I purchase an item on my own to review, or am sent the item, I'll let readers know.
Can I hire you to write for me, or my website?
Yes indeed. I currently blog for a variety of businesses, including dog trainers, manufacturers, businesses, speakers, medical doctors, and deck builders. I ghostwrite primarily business books for Fortune 500's, and business speakers, but also do self-help books for psychologists, and sales books for salespeople. My business page is https://beckyblanton.com.
Are you living in a van/vehicle now?
I currently live in a tiny house of sorts - a 400 square foot efficiency apartment. I have two vehicles, a 2000 Isuzu Rodeo and a 1995 Plymouth Voyager. Both of which have been/are being converted to sleeping/living space. I do travel and I do live in my vehicles part-time. I'm saving for a Dodge Ram Van and do plan to become a full-timer once I have that, just because I have two outdoor cats and I don't want to force them to live in a car. It's too stressful for cats to do that.
Is it really safe for women to live alone in a car?
Living alone in a car is no less safe than living alone in an apartment or house IF the same precautions are followed. Don't make unsafe choices (leaving your house or car unlocked and windows open, live in/park in an unsafe area, etc.) The USA, statistically speaking, is safe if you practice safety. You can be carjacked, shot, or mugged driving to your local grocery store, or on vacation - regardless of whether you're living in your car or just leaving your home or motel. Safety is a mindset and a practice. I do believe women living alone, or in their vehicles, can be as safe or safer than living in an apartment. Yes, bad things do happen to women traveling alone, living in their vehicles, or working in State/Federal parks, or in campgrounds. But, bad things happen to women who are married, living with a spouse, working in the city, or while walking in their own neighborhood. The media focuses on the attacks, murders of women without explaining the context of their assault, or what could have been done differently. For more on living safely in your car, read this blog post: Is it Safe for a Woman to Live Alone in a Van?
How do I submit a question for this FAQ page?
If you have a question you'd like to see posted on this page, contact me here and put FAQ Page Question in the subject line or in the body of your email along with your question.