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Episode Info: I'm so incredibly excited to share with you this week's interview. If you are into sci-fi, or a fan of really good, entertaining writing, you need to check out Tracy Doering is the hot nerd girl. She has been writing the blog for the past 4 years, along with the help of her partner in crime, my brother, Darcy Villere. He also joins us on the show. I have wanted to interview/meet Tracy for a long time because I was aware of the amazing organic following she has created online with blogging. She and Darcy definitely serve as inspiration for me as I go about developing my own audience with this new show. Tracy's following has grown to the point where she is now being requested for panels at comic-cons. In the episode, we also talk about a cause that is dear to Tracy called Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to military personnel overseas. Topics discussed in chronological order: how her love of sci-fi developed as a kid beyond watching Star Trek; where she grew up and the influence that had on her sci-fi interests; whether her love of Star Trek developed right away; when she initially went to comic-cons and comic book conventions; how she could be so shy and wear costumes out in public; how and when the moniker "Hot Nerd Girl" materialized; what differentiates her from other similar blogs on the web; the approach that Tracy uses when she writes blog posts; what were the ideas, or themes, she started with when she began the blog; the first photo shoot and how it was financed; the expectations they had when the blog was started; the things that have worked well to promote the blog; my suggestion for Tracy's blog to promote it more; what is Tracy's favorite iteration of Star Trek; some excerpts from "ask a nerd girl" posts that show how passionate her fans are; Darcy and Tracy's thoughts on the trends with sci-fi movies and television; how things have changed at comic-cons as they have gotten more popular; the rise of the popularity of the term "nerd"; Tracy's friends backing up her nerd credentials when she was getting started with the blog; whether longtime comic-con patrons are angry toward more recent attendees; the need to strategize during comic-cons to get into events; Tracy's story about how she got involved with operation gratitude; Tracy has also appeared in a music video for the band, Lydia's Libido, out of Fort Worth, Texas.
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