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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!