Hello my dear kid blogger friends!!!
I have A REAL TREAT TODAY for you! A book blogger that is living the dream we all want to live: making a living with reading, blogging and cooking away yummy recipes! And she is so organized she makes it look effortlessly! Let’s learn how she does it all! 🙂
Meet my dear friend and #gamergirl Lola @ Lola’s Reviews!
Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am Lola, I am 25 years old and I live in the Netherlands. I love reading and reviewing books, hence the reason I started this blog. When I am not blogging or working you can find me cooking or baking yummy dishes in my kitchen or curled up with a good book on the couch.
I studied psychology at a university and my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my master’s degree in economic and consumer psychology. While I enjoyed my study eventually I ended up chasing my dream job and I am now organizing blog tours at Lola’s Blog Tours as my full time job.
I like to review books, so you’ll see usually about 1-3 reviews each week. I like to point out what I did and didn’t like about a book in my reviews. I usually talk about the story, the characters, the romance and world building in my reviews and wrap it all up in a conclusion/ summary.
Besides reading, hanging around on the internet and finding out more about social media I also love gaming, puzzling, colouring and walking. You can also find me often in the kitchen trying out new recipes I found on Pinterest. I love cooking and baking and I share some of my recipes on my blog. I love being around nature and everything that’s green, although if I am being honest I spend almost my whole days indoors behind my computer. Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons and my favourite time of the day is afternoon. My favourite animals are rats, pinguins and sheep and I love the colour green. We used to have four pet rats named Skittles, Smarties, Snickers And Pita and they were such a joy to have around, halfway august 2015 we lost our last rat and have been pet-less since then. We still miss them a lot and aren’t ready for new pets yet. On older posts you still find pictures and mentions of them.
This blog started out as a place to share my reviews of books I read, but it’s grown to be so much more. I sometimes participate in blog tours now and then, usually only if I have already read the book or really want to read it. I do cover reviews to accompany Cover Reveals as I like to explain what I like and don’t in a cover and hear your opinion about the cover as well. Every Sunday I participate in the Sunday Post, where I talk about what happened that week, share my book haul and mention what I cooked for dinner last week. My To-Be Read List is a monthly feature I participate in where visitors can vote for which they want me to read and review that month. Lola’s Ramblings is my discussion/ random ramblings post feature that usually makes a weekly appearance on Thursday. Each Friday it’s time for my Lola’s Kitchen feature where I share recipes with you or talk about things related to food, cooking and my kitchen.
I spend my days blogging and running my own blog tour business, called Lola’s Blog Tours. I organize blog tours, cover reveals, book blitzes and review opportunities for fiction books. I love spreading the word about awesome books!
My banner is a picture of me as a pony, that a friend made for me. Actually I have only seen two episodes of my little pony, but I think it’s cute and makes my blog and social media accounts easily recognizable. Also I like how the pony was designed look like me and it’s reading! Michelle from Limabean Designs designed most of the graphics for my blog. She’s awesome, so make sure to check out her site if you are looking for a new design or book related graphic.
Lola, thank you for this interview 🙂
D: OK. WOW. The first think I have to say is that I was SHOCKED to learn you were 25. Because girl, you blog like you were 28! At least 🙂 . Now, seriously speaking… you have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in economic and consumer psychology, a successful blog tour business. WOW How??? Tell us a little be more about, driven goal oriented Lola.
L: I’ll take that as a compliment 😉 . Concerning my study, here in the Netherlands the school system works a bit differently, after what is similar to high school here I went to university. My bachelor was 3 years and my master was one, I finished my study in that time, so in 2012 I was finished with my study. After that I spent a year jobless and worked as publicist for a small publisher and then eventually a year after I graduated started my own blog tour company. So in fact it didn’t all take that long. Driven and goal oriented is a good way to describe me actually. If I want something I go for it and work hard to achieve that, I am also a bit of a workaholic, but that’s also because I love my job so much!
D:You are living my dream life Lola! [and I’m sure the dream life of many book bloggers] ! I mean blogging, cooking, baking, or “curled up with a good book on the couch” *sigh* tell us how you went about “chasing you dream job”
L: Yes my life is pretty good, I have my dream job and enough time left for my hobbies. My road to chasing my dream job actually was a bit rocky. When I graduated I had a hard time finding a job, I got some job interviews, but always got rejected. I didn’t know what I wanted to do and didn’t have a passion or direction. Except for reading, but I wasn’t sure how to make my job out of that and assumed it wouldn’t work anyway. Then I got a job as a publicist for a small publishing company and I then I knew what I wanted to do, start my own tour company. I am a perfectionist and was noticing things that company did and thought of ways to handle it better. I didn’t actually take the step until a few months later when I mentioned the idea of starting my own company to my mom and she told me to just go for it. So with my mom’s encouragement I eventually started my own blog tour company. I tried to find a part-time job next to it for a while, but eventually stopped looking and started focusing completely on my company
D: What blogs and bloggers inspired and mentored you?
L: Before I started my own blog I was a co-blogger for K-Books and Kay really helped get my footing when I first started blogging. She learned me the basis of blogging and then when I started my own blog I used that basis and learned and build upon that. Seeing all the successful and older bloggers around me always motivated me to improve my blog and find my place in the community.
Besides that many of the bloggers I met when I just started I lost contact with or they don’t blog anymore. So I can’t remember many bloggers who inspired and mentored me back then. One of my earliest blogging friends who is still blogging is Lexxie from Unconventional Book Views. Nowadays a lot of the blogs I visit regularly inspire me, I think every blog has something that stand out. Whether it’s their personal style or tone, their in depth reviews, their unique point of view or their thought out posts. I often find something I like and admire in the blogs and bloggers I visit.
D: If you could change something about the book blogging community, what would that be?
L: Less drama. I love how respecting and friendly the community is, but sometimes when there is drama it seems it’s all there is. I try and stay out of the drama mostly, but still catch glimpses on blogs and social media. And sometimes it seems no one really knows what’s going on, but everyone seems to go into panic mode. And sometimes I think trying and see another perspective would be helpful whether it’s reader, blogger, author or tour organizer. Don’t judge too fast when you don’t know the other’s story.
D: Gaming too?? For real??? 🙂 [I used to play almost for 24/7 BK (before kids)] tell us about your favorite games.
L: Oh I didn’t realize you were a gamer too! My favourite game at the moment is Stardew Valley. It’s a game where you have to build your own farm, which is located in a small town. You can also explore, go into the mines and get to know locals. It’s fun to see the plants grow, pet your animals and socialize with the people. You can give people gifts and talk with them and I love finding out what gift to get each person in town and figuring out their personalities. Yes it is a game, but the people almost seem real. I am best friends in game with Pam, an older lady who can be found in the pub every evening, go figure.
I don’t talk about games a lot on my blog as very little bloggers game as well. I try and get half an hour till an hour gaming time in most evening before I go and read. Another of my favourite games are Kingdom Hearts (RPG + Disney), Final fantasy (RPG with great graphics and story), Ratchet and Clank (shooter with the weirdest weapons), Mini Metro (run your own metro system) and Sanctum (First person shooter + Tower defense!).
Just so you know my kids blogger friends, Daniela’s favorite game right now is Call of Duty Ghosts
D: Oh the Netherlands… never been there but I want to visit SO BADLY. Can you share some of your favorite pics and tell us about those places?
L: I always thought the Netherlands was kinda boring, but blogging and meeting so many bloggers form other places has made me appreciate the Netherlands more. It’s fun to share customs, products and traditions we only have here on my blog and hear how different things are elsewhere. I checked, but I don’t really have any nice pictures of the Netherlands, sorry! I mostly photograph food 😉
Here is one of Daniela’s favorite Netherlands pic…
D: What advice would you give to new bloggers?
L : Blog how you want to blog and find your own way. Find a way that works for you. Don’t let others tell you how to blog. I believe the only right way to blog is how you want to blog. Find a way that works for you and where you are comfortable with. Blog about what you want and how you want. I think that as long as you put your own feelings into your blog and have fun while blogging, you’re doing it right!
D: I love your Author tips page. Can you share the next advice that you would like to add to that page?
L: I actually already have the next few posts scheduled and some other topics I plan to write about. Some of the upcoming posts will be about how to set up your street team and how to make the most out of a blog tour. A few other topics I plan to write about are about arc lists, marketing plan/ timeline for a book and maybe something about covers. Not sure yet, most inspiration for these posts comes from authors and questions I see around or knowledge I have and want to share.
D: You take part in many features in the blogosphere. Which one is your favorite and why?
L: The Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimba from The Caffeinated Reviewer. When I started my blog that was the first feature I joined and I still love participating in it every week. So far only missed one week, but also counted that one, so the number of my Sunday post also is the number of weeks I’ve been blogging. I’ve met so many awesome bloggers through that meme!
Besides that I really like Michelle from Because Reading is Better Than Real Life her My To-Be Read List meme where I pick 3 books and visitors can vote for which one they want me to read. It’s great to have my visitors and blogging friend help me decide what to read. And I usually end up really enthusiastic for all of the 3 books I listed.
D: Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight said… “It seems like she manages to get so much done between her real life, her blog tours, her posts, commenting on other blogs, and even helping me out when I have blogging questions, but her blog always looks perfect and seems like it never misses a post!” and wanted me to ask you how you manage to how you manage to keep everything so organized and put-together.
L: I am glad to hear my blog always looks perfect, it sure takes a lot of work to make it look that way. And I like to think I am never too busy to help someone else, I love helping others if I can.
I think how I keep everything so organized is scheduling and planning ahead. I am a planner in almost every aspect of my life, I keep track of things I want and have to do in my head and I write things down as well. I have a schedule for my day (which is mostly in my head), schedule for my blog (I have a calendar for that), schedule for my tours (also on said calendar), schedule for what to cook each day (I have a list for that on my desk) etc. And I am pretty committed to sticking to those schedules, the most difficult part for me is to accept it’s okay to deviate from my plans and schedules sometimes.
I always try and stay ahead with the posts scheduled on my blog as I can’t function on deadlines or work under too much stress and pressure. I work best when I am writing posts for weeks or months later. At the end of each month I try to be ahead two month with my ramblings and kitchen posts for example. For most things I have schedule or set of rules or guidelines. I know I sound like a weirdo now, but hey it works for me.
D: And finally, who should I interview next and what should I ask this blogger?
L: Many bloggers I wanted to list you have already interviewed. How about Sophia from Delighted Reader? I would love to know how she manages to read so many books and write her awesome in depth reviews.
Thanks so much for the awesome interview Daniela and having me over on your amazing blog! I had a lot of fun answering your questions!
It was my pleasure Lola! I’m a big fan of you and your blog!
What about you kids? Do you have any questions for Lola?
Leave a comment! and I would love to hear from you!