About Lisanne Swart

Hi, I'm Lisanne.

I’m a writer, blogger, and publisher of the Weekly newsletterOn April 1, 2022, the very first edition of The Weekly went out to just a handful of early subscribers. Today, it has grown to become a newsletter enjoyed by readers in over 15 countries around the world. It remains, however, a one-woman labour of love, written, created, and cared for by me.

Since the winter of 2020 I’ve been writing at Lisanneswart.com about my favourite books. I have been an avid book reader ever since I was a little girl, and I find much joy in reading a bunch of different things. The bookshelf includes 25 thought-provoking book recommendations, which are brought to you to discover, and to spark a meaningful conversation.

Along the way this blog has become my diary. My personal journey into what matters in the world and why. On this platform you’ll find me writing and speaking about the people I meet, the books I’m reading and what I’m learning. I hope you join the conversation.

About The Weekly Newsletter

What readers are saying about The Weekly:

“In a world where internet gurus tell us how to make our life better, Lisanne does the opposite — she gently provides food for thought.” – Sarah


“The Weekly´s are honest, thoughtful and soul-searching. On the other hand they are short, simple, and easy to digest, which is a rare combination I haven´t found anywhere else.” – Anonymous

“I´m looking forward for these pieces of wisdom every week. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this.” –
Blandine, UK.

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From the time I was little

My love for storytelling

I grew up watching women from all across the country sharing their personal stories at The Oprah Winfrey Show. I also spent a good amount of time watching CNN with Christiana Amanpour asking direct questions to controversial world leaders. I loved author James Baldwin always speaking truth to power, and Louis Theroux from the BBC during Weird Weekends. I’ve been greatly inspired by them and many others, but especially by the way television can be used as a medium to transform lives. It’s very refreshing and inspiring that an extremely powerful medium like that can be used in such a way that it can touch lives, inform us about something we didn’t know yet, or remind us that we might be more connected to one another than we might think sometimes. I believe great stories are powerful, and can inspire people to think and act differently.


It’s time for

Meaningful conversations

Since the beginning of this online publication I’ve been dedicated to maintain this place advertisement-free – making it a platform solely focused on quality stories and readers’ support. The relationship between a writer and reader should, in my opinion, be personal and real. Ads intervene in that dialogue and disturb – as you will, the authenticity it needs and deserves. 

Therefore, I like The Weekly and this platform in general, to be a destination for people to share stories and ideas that matter. I’m a passionate voice for my community, and as the world keeps getting faster, there’s actually a shortage of thoughtful, timeless stories and ideas that are worth sharing an hour or even a week later.

While the web can be a crowded place of anonymity, clicks, self-exposure and sometimes bullying, it can also be a destination of unity, real conversations and bringing people together. 

My projects

Here’s a short list of some of the things I’ve been working on lately.

2020 – My blog went live.

2020 – Sharing books I loved reading.

2021 – Introduction of the monthly newsletter. 

2021 – Newly designed website.

2022, April – Launch of the Weekly Newsletter

2022, May – Partnering with Medium

2022, June – Published Personal Reading Lists to share my favourite books on specific topics like psychology, lying, or interesting memoires.

2022, August – The Curated Directory to celebrate women-led businesses across the globe. A collection of both big and small companies in the arts & entertainment industry and non-profit.

Further Reading

About the Platform in Facts

Creator of lisanneswart.com and the popular Weekly Thoughts newsletter:

    • Over 150 email subscribers.
    • Open Rate: 42%.
    • More than 120.000 visitors per year to lisanneswart.com.
    • Over 80 articles published.

Initiator of the Book hub to connect readers everywhere.

    • Over 50 book recommendations.
    • More than 100 thoughts and book ratings from the community.
    • 5 Book Reviews and more.

Founder of the Directory.

    • 10.000 page views per year.
    • More than 50 selected businesses run by women in the arts & entertainment industry and non-profit.
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Further Reading

About Me.

For more about me – the human behind this platform, you can find out what´s on my mind in my latest publications for the Weekly Newsletter. I divide my time between Amsterdam and other, different places, but I always find time to answer questions from readers. In the Ask me Anything section I share more about what readers like to know about me and my work. I also finish every year with a Year in Review, where you can find my annual reflections on writing, creativity and business. If you’re also interested in the books I’ve read and find worth reading, you can check out my Bookshelf. In the book reviews I continue to share more in depth about my favourite books and why they were so meaningful and insightful to me. Those book reviews are going to be published on Medium soon.

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Tara Westover writes in Educated, “You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them. You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.”
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