Hello, everyone! I’m Marty and today we’ll have a little bookish chat about how it is like to be an international blogger. The struggle that come with it and at the end, something else (hahaha, I really love being vague), sorry for that!
Struggle #1: Waiting for a book to be translated for ages. And when it doesn’t happen, you have to buy that ebook because hey, you have to admit it’s not happening anytime soon. (Even worse if the book gets published in paperback in your country soon afterwards you bought that ebook.)
Struggle #2 : Not being able to join certain giveaways or requesting books on Netgalley. It’s so tragic to see the words “US/UK only” or “sorry we couldn’t accept your request, but we prefer bloggers that are from X area”. But heeey, that’s not that bad because I can wait until release day, but ARCs are so exciting since you get to read the book first and it’s a nice feeling.
Struggle #3 : You can’t go to book conventions because they are never in your country. There’s just Comic Con happening around here, not even book clubs are very popular in Romania. I’ve searched for some for years without finding anything that could interest me because the choices were very limited.
Struggle #4 : You have very low chances of meeting your favourite author. There’s a time when Rita Sepetys visited Romania and I was so shocked and devastated that I didn’t go because I haven’t heard of the event.
Struggle #5 : Your bookish friends are far, far away from you… The time zones differences are awful and evil. This makes me very sad.
Struggle #6 : You can’t take beautiful, instagram-y pictures of your books because you rarely own US/UK editions of the books. And you’re a bit self-conscious about people finding your posts weird.
This being said, there are some things that make me want to live in US or at least, in UK, but at the end of the day, I really like being an international blogger because sometimes people are very interested in your country, how are bookish things there and so on. And that’s very great because it’s nice to acknowledge the differences in bookish aspects (just check out my US covers vs Romanian covers blog post and you’ll see how nice people are about it). And to be honest, ever since I’ve got a blog, these struggles don’t seem as hard to overcome as they seemed before, because on Twitter, I see so many authors and readers that try to be inclusive in their giveaway and their gifts and ARCs offerings and that’s really nice of them!
Are you an international blogger? What are some of your struggles? And if not, just tell me what’s your best experience with the blogging sphere.