Things have been really chaotic for me in the past few days but I believe the show must go on so let’s get another international blogger on here as a part of Interview Of The International series. Today, we have Linda from over Linda’s Little Library. She’s a twenty-four-year-old blogger from Netherlands loves blogging. She’s grateful for all the friends she has made as a blogger and would love to make blogging her job one day. An amazing person and a great bookworm, here’s a bunch of questions Linda answered.
Let’s start with the usual. What got you into blogging about your love for books and TV shows?
I don’t have a lot of in-real-life friends who read, but I wanted to talk about books. I had been thinking about starting a Booktube channel but I felt way too awkward talking in English right in front of a camera. So I thought about what other options are there and then I started blogging about books. It took me a little longer to include TV shows, because at first I felt you had to keep your blog to a certain topic—which you don’t have to at all. I love shows as much as books, so it was an easy decision.
With over 700+ followers on twitter, how would you suggest other bloggers to use this social media for the betterment of their blog?
To be honest, I got a lot of those followers when I did a giveaway. I still can’t believe I have so many. But to answer the question: I suggest sharing your posts. I did not do this at first but it gets you some views you wouldn’t have otherwise. Talking to other bloggers and following them helps too. Just get involved with the community on twitter.
I see you’ve recently signed up for BeatTheBacklist Challenge for 2018, would you like to tell us more about it?
Funny thing. I did #BeaTheBacklist last year (2017) and I misunderstood it. I did not have a blog when I signed up last year so I signed up with a Goodreads shelf and a goal of 25 books. I picked the books in advance. I thought I had to read those books, but you just have to read your amount of backlist-ed books. Now to explain it a little bit: Beat the Backlist is a challenge where you read books released before the current year (2018 in this case) you sign up with how many books you want to read and get assigned a team. I’m a Novel Knight this year. To get a way better explanation and to sign up you should visit this link.
Speaking of challenges, you’ve finished the Yearly Reading Challenge of 52 books, in fact, topped it with 85 books, on Goodreads, how did that feel? Any suggestions for readers out there who struggle to hit the 100% mark on their reading challenges?
I’m happy I finished my challenge. I can’t believe I read 85 books this year. My suggestion: give yourself a goal that’s possible to reach. I, for one, would love to hit 100 books in a year once in my life, but I’m not setting that as my goal. I’ll feel like I’ve failed if I don’t reach it. And where is the fun in reading then? I made my goal 52. For me that’s possible to reach even if I have a busy year. I like the idea that I can read one book a week. That’s how I made my challenge. Do you know you can read one book a month. Make your challenge 12 books. Two books a month go for 24. Just make it possible to reach. If you have to push yourself to reach your goal then you’re not reading for fun. Reading is fun and it should stay that way.
That’s a fun and practical way of setting a reading goal! Well, for how long have been blogging on Linda’s Little Library?
Since February 2017. I’m pretty sure I made it on February 1st, but it took me until the 18th of that month to upload my first blog post. So 11 months.
Alright, in these 11 months of blogging, you’ve garnered almost 300 subscribers/followers, how has the journey up till here been? Anything in particular that you now know but wished you knew before the blog was set up?
In my first five months of blogging I had a small number of views or followers. I went into blogging for myself and I did not really care for those either way. Like I already said, it’s all about getting involved with the twitter community. That’s what changed everything for me. One day in July I saw a tweet (from someone I was following) about setting up a group chat to support small bloggers and I replied to that. It was the best thing I ever did for my blog. I got a lot of followers, but more importantly I met a lot of amazing people that I now call my friends! I will forever be grateful to the person who made that group chat. That’s my journey. I don’t think there is anything I wish I knew before starting. I’ve been happy with my blog from the moment I set it up.
You’re from the beautiful Netherlands, am I right? As an international blogger, do you find yourself at a harder place in the community?
Yes, you are right. I definitely know that it’s harder for us internationals in this community. However, I think The Netherlands is still an okay country to be a book blogger in. I know bloggers from other places and it’s so much harder for them than it is for me. So it’s harder to be here than let’s say the US, but there are places where the access to the books you want to read is much worse. If I have the money I can buy all the books I want. And it’s not like they cost a ton. I know this isn’t the case for all international bloggers. So I think I’m still in a very fortunate part of the international bloggers. I don’t know if I explained it right, but that’s how I feel.
Moving on, you wrapped up your favorite books of 2017 in December and it’s a list of ten books. As a book blogger, how do you decide what you love the most? Any checklist or simply what you loved to read?
I don’t do anything special. I just write down the books that stayed with me the most or have the most meaning to me. So I loved the books on my list. I rated all of them between 4 and 5 stars. Yes, even some with 4 stars are my favorite. Not every book can be a 5 star read and I’ve been more careful in giving 5 stars to books this year. I will forget about some of these books, but at the moment of reading them (and maybe a time after) they did something to me. And that is why they are on my list of favorite books list for this year.
E-books or paperback? Covers Or Blurb? ARCs or Backlists?
I love both e-books and paperbacks. I can’t read physical books at night because of lighting so I like to read ebooks then. Covers I think. I don’t always read the blurbs, because it can spoil you. And I love pretty covers. And just the tagline on a cover can draw me in. Backlist. Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving ARCs and reading those, but I had a break from reading for a few years and I’m still catching up on the books I missed then. This is one of the reasons #BeatTheBacklist is a great reading challenge for me.
As 2018 has started, where do you see Linda’s Little Library in the future? Any new exciting things coming up on the blog?
I don’t know. Of course, I would love to see my blog grow more in 2018. I want to keep my schedule of blogging at least three times a week, but I might add some things to it like a monthly post about my bullet journal. And I want to review more. I did my first review back in September. If I can I want to do one every week. But the year just started so who knows what’s going to happen. I’m excited to find out though!
So last but not the least, what’s the best thing about being a part of this blogging community?
Having people to talk to about the things you love. I say people, but some of them become friends. And I think making those friends is the best part. Some of them I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to live without anymore! Also a lot of bloggers are very supportive and helpful. So I think those are the best parts about this community.
That’s super sweet! Thank you so much Linda for taking the time out to answer all these questions and for being a part of this. It was lovely to have you over!