Hi, blogger buds! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I am so late in posting this, but late is always better than never. Starting now, the Saturday Special‘s will be posted once a month, on the first Saturday of each month. In case you’re new to the blog, or need a quick refresher, Saturday Special is a feature here at bookslayerReads where I will be introducing experienced book bloggers and asking them “get to know you” questions, as well as questions about blogging tips and advice!
Today we will be talking with Irena from Book Dust Magic!
1) The question everyone wants to know… How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging in January 2016.
2) There are some really unique blog names out there… What is the meaning behind your blog name, Book Dust Magic? How did you come up with it?
I knew I wanted to start blogging for the longest time, so I put a lot of time into thinking what name would be appropriate and, in my opinion, original. I always had a thing for faeries, they are my favorite creatures, so I knew I wanted for my blog name to be connected with them in a way. I thought about faery dust, and about books, and that’s where the thought came: what if the magic similar to one from faery dust was also in the dust we find in old books. That’s how Book Dust Magic was born.
3) Blogging can be stressful at times, so I’m always curious how long-time bloggers get through those hard times. What has been your biggest obstacle since blogging and how have you overcome it?
I always let my personal life effect every other aspects of my life, so that includes blogging as well. I had some periods when I didn’t blog on regular basis and when I didn’t review a book on time, because I was focused on my personal life. I still can’t say that I overcame it, but I can say that I am trying.
4) Do you feel that you’ve changed as a blogger from the time you started blogging until now?
When I first started blogging, I tried hard to get everyone’s attention, especially from publishers. I would tag them all the time in my tweets and also, I tried to promote as many books possible, just so I could say I blog every single day. That means, I posted a lot of book blitzes and cover reveals. With time, I realized that I don’t enjoy reading those type of posts on other blogs, so I decided to post only what I would like to see on other blogs. I gave up on book blitzes, and focused more on book reviews. I also started posting Weekly Wrap Ups and now what I’d like is to write discussion posts from time to time. Overall, I would say I focused more on quality rather then on quantity, but there is still space for improvement.
5) What would you say the toughest pressure of blogging is?
Writing book reviews on time. And writing negative reviews.
6) What’s the best thing about the blogging community, in your opinion?
The best thing is how supportive this community is and how it connects people who wouldn’t meet otherwise. I met some wonderful people because I became a blogger and I am truly thankful for that.
7) Us newbies need some advice… can you help us out?
Don’t ever forget that the work and time you put into book blogging has some value. Read every contract before signing up for anything. You don’t want to blog for free when someone is earning money for your (hard!) work.
8) Thanks, Irena! I seem to have a problem with using my time wisely. Do you have any advice for us on time management specifically?
I am the worst when it comes to time management. I always plan what to write but then I end up writing only half of what I planned. That’s why I recently decided to feature Weekly Wrap Ups on my blog, to motivate myself to write everything I plan to.
My best advice for time management is to use Evernote app, so you can write your brief blog posts on a go, when you travel or have to wait in a line, and you don’t have a book to read with you. You wouldn’t believe how much time it actually saves. If you don’t have Evernote app, you can write it in email form and send it to your own email address, and then just copy/paste it in word (or whatever writing program you use) when you’re on your computer, edit it and schedule/post. Also, scheduling posts helps a lot.
9) When looking for new blogs to follow, what do you usually look for? What attracts you to them?
First thing I search on the sidebar is it’s Bloglovin’ link. The reason I’m stating it here is because I noticed many bloggers still don’t have one. Other then that, I like to follow bloggers who put effort in writing reviews (because those are my favorite posts to read), but also if discussion posts grab my attention, I will probably hit that “follow” button.
10) In your opinion, what do you think makes a blog “successful”?
I still don’t think my blog stands out, but for me, as long as I am happy with what I’m posting and I get comments under my posts, I feel like I succeeded. Of course, more visitors each month also means success to me.
11) You love to write… so what are your favorite blog posts to write?
I am in love with writing book reviews. That’s why I started book blog in the first place.
12) You love to read, so what would you say your all-time favorite book is…
My all time favorite book is Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger. It’s an older book so maybe it is outdated , but it is such a beautiful book. If you haven’t read it, please give it a try. It’s a YA book and it talks about misfits and diversity. It is also likely that it will wake up your creativity.
13) There were so many highly anticipated releases in 2016. What would you say your top read of 2016 was?
My absolutely top read of 2016 is The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel. I am so glad I read that book because it is now one of my all time favorite books.
14) If you could have dinner with one author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Richelle Mead! I love her because she created my all time favorite characters: Adrian, Christian, Vasilisa, Rose… I don’t even know what we would talk about (I would probably fangirl a lot!), but I’m sure we would find something interesting enough.
15) Final question for you, Irena… tell everyone which post on your blog you’re most proud of. That way they can go check it out right now!
Let me see… During Love-A-Thon I wrote Welcome To My Tea Party invitation, inspired my Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey and she tweeted about it. I was so happy, so if I have to be proud about one post, that is definitely the one I’m proud of.
P.S. You can read it here if you want: Welcome To My Tea Party
That’s all for this interview! Thank you so much, Irena, for taking the time out to participate in this Q&A for us! I know all the readers, including myself, appreciate the wonderful advice you’ve given us. Also, guys… don’t forget to stop by Irena’s Blog for more great posts!
If you’d like to get in touch with Irena on social media, you can find her here:
That’s it for this Saturday Special! I enjoyed getting to know Irena a little better, and I hope you did as well! Let us know in the comments below and we’ll see you next time!