8 Struggles International Bloggers Face

As most of you guys probably know, I’m a blogger from Germany and as you can tell by this post (and any other on this blog) I blog in English. I always knew that I would be blogging in English because I wanted to be able to communicate my love of books with as many people as possible. And while being part of the international blogging community is a lot of fun – it also comes with quite a few struggles! For today’s post, we’re going to have a look at what exactly those struggles look like!

Trying To Find The Ideal Posting Time

This is honestly something I constantly struggle with. The majority of my readership comes from the US and I want to make sure I post at a point in time when most of my US readers will have the chance to read my post. But then it’s difficult to try and figure out when exactly that ideal time is because of the different time zones within the US alone. However, I also want to make sure that my European readers get the chance to read my posts at a reasonable time rather than say 11 at night or something. It’s difficult and I still haven’t found what I think would be my ideal posting time.

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Friends In Different Countries & Time Zones

I’m sure a lot of you guys can relate to this struggle! As bloggers, you meet all these awesome people that you want to keep in touch with, but time zones can make this quite difficult. I don’t know how I managed to find so many fantastic European bloggers that are super nice and great to talk to, so I don’t struggle as much with it as I usually do. In my Tumblr days, most of the people I would talk to where in completely different time zones!

Another thing that comes with friends in different countries is that you can’t meet up with them randomly to spent a nice afternoon together or peruse bookshops, etc. which is quite sad, really!

No English Books In The Stores

So this might be more of a struggle for people like myself who live in really small towns and don’t even have a bookstore in it and instead have to travel quite a bit to even get to one. But even those don’t have any English books in them which pretty much forces me to order my books online – usually via Amazon because it’s the cheapest option 95% of the time.

But even though I don’t have English books in stores ‘near’ me, I still love just walking around and trying to spot my favorite books translated into German. Though those books usually come with a set of new problems too like unnecessary title changes (mind you, it’s a new English title with a German subtitle underneath…), covers that do not fit the story at all and promotional campaigns that are so misleading it’s not even funny anymore.

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Preorders Never Arrive On Time

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably have heard of my struggles with my preorders just simply never arriving on time. It’s been years since a preordered book actually arrived on time. Sometimes even a book that I ordered from the UK will arrive before a book I ordered via Amazon. It’s ridiculous and has gotten to the point where I just simply don’t pre-order books anymore and instead just wait until they have been released and then I buy them. It’s easier that way. But I am over here 100% jealous of you guys in the US getting your books on release day. Or even a day early. What is that like?

Book Events Are So Far Away

This is mostly going to be about those highly talked about book events in the US that everyone and their mother seems to go to and that has me just that tiny bit jealous because I can’t go there.

Obviously, we have book events in Germany too! We just recently had one in Frankfurt and Cassandra Clare and Becky Albertalli were there (from what I saw – I didn’t look too much into it because I wouldn’t be able to go anyways) – so the opportunity is there. But even then it’s about 5 hours from where I live (the Frankfurt one, that is) and that is quite a bit of travel to figure out and I am just really not that good with these things. I’m a smalltown human. I don’t do public transport that is anything above a bus line that goes between two bigger cities. I would get lost.

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Meeting Your Favorite Authors Is Really Difficult

I very, very rarely hear about authors coming on book tours to Germany. I know they can’t make every major territory in the US either and if they come anywhere near Germany – it’s usually the UK. If that. So meeting your favorite author is quite difficult for us international bloggers out there. I feel like with events such as San Diego Comic Con, BookCon/BEA, etc. it’s much easier for you American bloggers to at least have the chance of meeting your favorite bloggers at some point! Which, I’m obviously happy for you guys about – but also a little bit jealous of. I’m only human after all.

No Libraries Stocked With The Newest Releases

Whenever I see American bloggers talk about being able to just pick up a new release from the library pretty much the second it was released I – once again, get a little bit jealous. I could be spending so much less money if I had access to a library that would provide me with all the newest releases or that gave me the chance to request them to get new releases. So much less money, you guys.

When I was much younger, I would constantly get books from the library. I rarely ever bought new books and I didn’t need to buy any because I was quite happy with what I was able to get from the library. But then once I got more into Young Adult books it became more and more difficult to actually find the books I wanted to read so I gave up on libraries altogether.

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No Access To Services Like Overdrive

To be completely honest with you guys, Overdrive might be one of the things I am the most jealous of and wish we had here too. It is such a fantastic way of getting access to so many more books via your library membership card. You can get audiobooks and ebooks that your particular library may not have in stock. That is a fantastic service! I really hope you guys are taking full advantage of! 

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Are you an international blogger yourself and can relate to some of these struggles? Which are some you struggle most with? I probably didn’t think to include some, so if you have any more, please share them in the comments below!

And as I am sure, some of my American readers share their own set of struggles so I would love for you guys to share them with us too! Do we have any struggles in common? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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38 thoughts on “8 Struggles International Bloggers Face

  1. This post spoke to me on so many levels, as I too am a German bookworm that blogs in English and faces all the things that you have mentioned. So thanks for this really great post, it perfectly described everything that I think is difficult about being an international reader!

    One of the points that gets me the most sad is that it’s so hard to meet your favorite author/bloggers especially when you see otehrs that get the chance 😦 Of course I too am always trying to be happy for those people, but sometimes it’s hard. Gladly, this year I did manage to go to Frankfurt Book Fair and meet Jennifer L. Armentrout but e.g. last year there were no international authors coming that interested me.

    So far 1 preorder has arrived not only on time, but a few days early and it was like a miracle!

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    1. I had no idea you were a fellow German, Caro! 😀 I’m always so excited to meet other Germans around the blogosphere too!

      Oh right! Now that you mentioned Jennifer L. Armentrout I remember people talking about meeting her at FBM! I’m happy that you got to meet her!

      That happened to me probably once or twice in all my years of preordering books! The first time was with A Court Of Thorns And Roses and I was SO excited about it I dropped everything to read it. xD

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      1. Me too! I think it’s cool to meet fellow Germans, especially ones that also blog in English 🙂

        Thanks 🙂 She was super nice, but of course the queue was really long. I was lucky to be up front and got my book signed pretty quickly.

        For me it happened with King’s Cage & I did also start reading, because I just couldn’t stop myself 😀

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  2. Hello Swetlana!
    I am a Canadian blogger, and I realize how fortunate I am to have access to English library books and overdrive!
    Regarding posting time: to be honest, I don’t see much of a difference depending on the time that I post. Typically mornings or early evenings (eastern time) work just as well for me. If I post late at night, the post tends to get views much more slowly but in the long run the post usually has similar stats as my other posts! I find that my post type (review vs discussion vs tag) has more of an effect on stats than posting time. So now I just post whenever I feel like 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the posting time question! I really appreciate it!

      Yeah, I was kind of thinking of thinking about maybe posting at a time that would be more convenient for the Eastern Time readers I have which would end up being either quite early or late for me here in Germany as there is a 6 hour time difference. But you make a great point about the type of post playing a significant role too!

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  3. Yes the library one! I don’t even have a library card anymore because they just don’t have the books I want. Occasionally I borrow my parents’ card but it’s not really worth it. They don’t have many English books and almost none of them are YA.
    Most book stores don’t have English books or many English books either but I found one that has a pretty good English selection!

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    1. I still have my library card from back in the day even though I rarely go back to that library but I with my degree and the field I want to work in, I figured I can still use it to borrow books from the children’s section if I ever needed anything for school or something.

      Oh, that’s so awesome! Do they have a good stock of English books with newer releases too?

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      1. I don’t have them anymore because I don’t see a point in paying for something I barely use haha, but that’s great!
        They do have quite a lot of English books, which is great! They even have new releases occasionally! I was in Germany last week and all the bookstores there had so few English books, I feel sorry for you! I mean, here we don’t have much either but not as little as over there!

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          1. I know right! I went to three different bookstores, one had barely any English books and only literary fiction, the second was an all-English bookstore and it had like 20-30 YA books, and the third (which was the best by far) had more but still remarkably little English books considering it had 4 floors! I did manage to find a copy of The Night Circus though so I’m happy 🙂

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  4. I probably don’t count as an international blogger because I’m in the UK but I can still relate to some of these. Especially book events. I live in the north of England and nearly everything that happens is in London which is SO expensive to go to. And then there’s the cost of staying overnight and food and public transport and then the event itself. It would make my bank account cry if I hadn’t sucked it dry by buying so many books. There are the few odd occasions where authors will come up here closer to me but it’s not very often. And I stopped preordering books too because whenever I preordered from TBD my order would always arrive a week after the book came out. It would have been quicker to take the bus into town and then go to a physical bookshop.

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  5. Oh yes I can relate to every single one of those things. The “closest” Amazon we have is Amazon.de and shipping from other sites can be sometimes more than the actual book. I rely on ebooks (it also keeps my apartment habitable). I also get jelly that I am not able to go to cool book events and meet other bloggers irl. But hey, I’m grateful we have internet. Some decades ago none of these would be even possible and our bookish experiences way more limited. 😀

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    1. I’m so glad that Amazon.de doesn’t charge me for shipping as long as I have a book included in my order! I’ve even gone as far as ordering a book even when I didn’t plan on doing it, simply because I didn’t want to just pay for shipping when I could pay a bit more and get an ACTUAL PHYSICAL OBJECT for the money instead!

      Oh boy, life before the internet! I still remember having to beg and annoy my mother so she would agree to us even getting internet!

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      1. hahahaha!! yep, I’m guilty of ordering things I dont specifically want, just to avoid shipping fees 😀 But that’s so true, the feeling that you get an actual physical object makes it worth it.

        Hahaha!! I remember I couldnt go online without my mother sitting next to me and how much I enjoyed the modem noises when connecting 😀

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  6. great post girl. although i have to say, that i do not have all of those struggles. for example, living in berlin gives me the opportunity to get a lot of english books in stores. of course you can’t compare it with a barnes & noble around every corner, but there are possibilities. which i am very thankful for, because i love bookstores. ❤
    another thing is my library. i just joined last month. mostly because of overdrive, because my library is part of it and i have access to ebooks and audiobooks. there are not much, but still the possibility to get my hands on a few titles i want to read. the english selection in my library is small and consists mostly of older books, but i am pretty sure, that i could get more books, if i would go to another library. i just chose the closest one. but berlins libraries are all connected and you can get books everywhere with your library card. that's pretty cool.
    as for the events. yeah, that's a thing, that i am most jealous of. we don't get the possibilities people in the uk, us or australia get. which is pretty sad. 😦

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  7. This is spot-on! I also read 99% in English, and it’s so difficult to find books in English in Germany… and I normally like going through a few pages before deciding to buy, but what can one do… Amazon & Thalia it is…

    And my pre-orders are so late sometimes the book releases and I see it in stores a week or so before my copy arrives!

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      1. Yes! I have to do lots of research because I don’t tend to return books after I bought them… which means I do tend nowadays to like more of the books I buy, but I miss just going to a bookstore and spending a whole afternoon browsing it…

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  8. I can totally relate! I live in the Netherlands and as someone who doesn’t speak Dutch, it’s so hard for me to find English books. Of course there are international bookstores, and there’s always the trusted Book Depository, but it takes away the possibility for me to browse around secondhand bookshops because most of those shops don’t even sell English language books. But your English is perfect, hope you still have a lot of fun blogging despite the fact that you’re not from the US 🙂

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  9. Honestly, there are so many things that make me feel really bad for international bloggers, especially when it comes to trying to meet authors and go to events. I’d never even thought about how difficult it might be to find the best time to post, though. That must be so frustrating! This was a great idea for a post. 🙂

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  10. Thank you for you post!!! I’m a U.S.-born blogger, but I started my book blog when I was living in Brazil (where I still reside).

    In a country that is as big as the continental U.S. and where most of the events happen in Rio or São Paulo if they happen at all, you could be a very expensive plane ride or a 48 hour drive away when an author comes to town. I miss being able to go to book talks in the U.S. (when I lived in DC it seemed like there were new ones every week, something I took for granted).

    As for time zones, I don’t know if I would know what time zone to put it in if I was back in the U.S. … but I’m new to this still. hahahah

    I’m an English teacher here and wanted to start a book club. Although I speak/read Portuguese, I wanted to do it as part of my work…to give students a chance to read in English and have support. I also found the difficulty of finding English books (& I live in one of the largest cities in Brazil)! Unfortunately, they aren’t that common to come by & library systems aren’t quite as popular where I’m at, which has really put a damper on my reading of physical books. 😦

    I really enjoyed your blog post! Thank you so much for sharing and even though eventually I’ll be back in the US, I related to a lot of it!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I’m really happy to hear that you were able to relate to it too! ❤

      I suck at time zones too! I always just think about the fact that the east coast is about 6 hours behind us in time and that's about as much as I know. Well, and that the west coast is 9 hours behind, I think. I couldn't tell you what time zone they were in though. xD

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  11. Ah, I’m from the U.S., but I definitely feel you about meeting authors! They usually only go to the more known states, like California and New York and Texas, and I’m over here in North Carolina, where only two authors I’ve cared about have visited here. 😂 I wish I could live in Cali since they have constant access to them, but ah well!

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  12. I totally agree! I’m from India and there are absolutely no bookish events. (not that I know of!) Also international authors rarely (never) visit India. The books here are expensive as anything. And we love to read. But reading won’t stop. We’ll find ways to exist in this confusing world.

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