Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! How are you? I hope you’re doing great, and that your week was better than mine haha. Today I’m supposed to talk about travelling, and it’s the perfect excuse to talk a bit about my Souvenirs From Across The World feature.
In a couple of words, I created this feature last summer in order to bring book bloggers from all around the world closer and just bring this community that is very international closer together. This took the form of packages sent across the world, from the USA to the Netherlands, from France to Australia, and so on. If you want to know more about the feature, you can read all about it here.
The ’16 Winter edition of #SFATW
This winter, around 10 bloggers subscribed to send souvenirs. Only a couple of bloggers posted about it and sent me some of their feedback -thank you so much!-, which I’m going to share with you now, because fabulous gifts and books.
From France to Australia
I was paired up with one of the bloggers I love and admire the most, Reg @ She Latitude. I feel SO spoiled by all of the gifts she sent me, and SO happy by everything and the books. Going to Australia is one of my biggest dreams, and now…well, let’s say I have a map to go to Melbourne someday!
I sent Reg a book and a couple of things from my hometown, such as the typical little houses and an Eiffel Tower from not-my-hometown but you know, I couldn’t pass up the French cliché.
From USA to The Netherlands
I am thrilled to introduce you to two of the craziest and best people here for this feature, Stephanie @ Teacher of YA and Anne @ Inked Brownies. Both went CRAZY with their packages and actually filmed their unboxing, which I LOVED watching. You can see it all in the videos below.
Read Anne’s blog post about her experience as well right here.
Read Stephanie’s blog post and her experience right here.
I am so thankful for your enthusiasm for this and the time it took you guys to put these videos together. I lived the unboxing with you and I loved it so much, THANK YOU.
What’s next for #SFATW
Souvenirs From Across The World is a feature I hold close to my heart and would want to continue, however for that I need your support and your participation, obviously. This takes time to set up and pair bloggers together and so on. I would love your feedback on this.
The main issue with this feature, let’s face it, and I got many feedback from this, is how expensive this whole gifts shipping is. I knew it before it started, and obviously I don’t want to make this some sort of bawling party where everyone is sad they can’t get gifts.
However, I’d still want to keep at the heart of the feature the fact that we are all from different places and cultures and how DIVERSE the book blogging community is. Don’t you think that it’s extraordinary how much we are, and despite the US being privileged at times, how INTERNATIONAL WE ARE? I do, and I love this, and I want to put two and two together and connect bloggers together. I’m NOT starting a dating website haha, just wanting to spread the love.
This is a beta idea, for so many reasons. In the actual feature, I let you choose whether you want to send something INTERNATIONALLY, or LOCALLY. But I want bloggers who aren’t able to ship internationally, or locally, to be able to participate. I’m not sure how though, now, so it’s an idea that’s in the works.
Obviously I want this to be YOUR feature, this is why I’m back today asking for your thoughts and feedback about this.
What do you think about the idea overall ?
The souvenirs exchange takes place twice a year – next edition will be this summer, if I have enough participants. Do you think you’d participate ? Would you want to participate, but is shipping an issue for you ?
Would you be willing to promote this feature in any way (though your blog and social media for instance) ?
Thank you once again for listening and for your thoughts about this!