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An Interview with Blogger, Supriti Chauhan of “Hooked on Homes“

Supriti Chauhan Smart Indian Women

Supriti Chauhan Smart Indian Women

Thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.     

Supriti : I am an armed forces wife, a mother to two teenagers & a full time Vice Principal in an International chain of Schools. Being in the forces we shifted base every 3 to 4 years. A new house every time we moved to a new base. Over the years I have come to enjoy converting these houses into a home as I love the very idea of planning, styling, ‘doing-it-myself’. Just about everything to create an appealing and a comfortable place – all on a budget. My blog, Hooked on Homes!  Is all about DIY- decor & styling, home improvement, crafting and creating! Be it cooking, cleaning, organizing, painting, building, gardening, sewing, upholstering (doing everything & anything!) for the house we call our home! I am serial hobbyist and I truly am hooked to all things home!

What makes your blog so unique and why should people read it?          

Supriti : Hooked on Homes! is about very simple and do-able DIY-ing for your home (and for friends & family), be it cooking, organizing, decorating, creating or crafting; there is something all of us can do in some way or the other. Doing something as simple as arranging a bunch of flowers to building a shelf with your hands gives a very satisfying feeling. People like handmade things; they like them even more if they’ve have done it themselves.

You learn as a DIY-er, that things can go wrong. Whatever the outcome,it will either be a pleasing reward or a learning experience! You become less prone to panic! You learn to be resourceful and you learn to handle situations. You become confident, more skilled and a multi-tasker!

I feel good knowing that I’m showing my children (and my friends and family) that everything has a DIY version to it, almost everything.

How often do you blog?              

Supriti : Given my full time job and my hands-full, doing things that I love, I am able to do justice to my blog five 4 to 6 times in a month. I know that’s not justice. I create my posts over the weekends and then space out my publishing during the weekdays.

What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?

Supriti : One of my all time successful post has been on – ‘Floor Seating Ideas’ (http://hookedonhomes.net/floor-seating-ideas/). It is an evergreen blog-post and it continues to draw traffic. It is about simple ways to do up seating arrangements on the floor and that too with all things available at home.

Other than this, the following posts are very popular:

DIY Old Table Makeover- http://hookedonhomes.net/old-table-makeover/

Cinnamon Rosette Bun- http://hookedonhomes.net/cinnamon-rosette-bun-kringle/

DIY Soda Can Luminaries- http://hookedonhomes.net/soda-can-luminaries/

Recycling Glass Bottles- http://hookedonhomes.net/recycling-glass-bottles/

Photo Montage in its New Look- http://hookedonhomes.net/photo-montage-in-its-new-look/

DIY Message Boards- http://hookedonhomes.net/diy-message-boards/

What do you find most challenging about blogging?     

Supriti : Taking out real time to sit and blog in one go. I have ideas racing through my mind but I can only do so much – pen it in a few bullet points in my diary. I guess I have spread myself too thin!

In my enthusiasm as a ‘serial’ DIY-er, I get so involved in my projects/ideas that I forget to take photographs and by the time I realize it it’s too late!

I guess the real challenge is not only to plan, create, write, blog and photograph but to balance it all.

What are some of your favorite author blogs and why?               

Supriti : 1. Apartment Therapy- for a good dose of decor inspiration.

  1. Linda Lomelino – for amazing baked goodies and some gorgeous dark photography inspiration.
  2. Passionate About Baking by Deeba Rajpal- for great baking/recipes and photography.
  3. Funky Junk by Donna – for turning trash into treasure.
  4. Sew Many Ways by Karen – for some great sewing and organising inspiration.
  5. Planq Studio by M- for some .great DIY and photography.

What are your favorite books that you would recommend SIW family?               

Supriti : I am buoyant and expansive and uncontainable–but I always was so, only I never knew it!”

That’s a quote from the book I am totally in love with! It is – ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

As a sequel (not in the real sense) to this book, since I was mesmerized with Karna’s character, I read ‘Mrityunjaya’ by Shivaji Sawant (I really had a tough time getting my hands on this book).

Both the books are a take on the epic tale of the Mahabharata, one from Draupadi’s perspective…and the other from Karna’s. Both are a first person narrative, lending a very a humane touch to the two characters of the epic tale, making it more realistic, more personal.

I loved ‘Miracles Happen’ by Dr. Brian Weiss

I also enjoy reading books by John Grisham and Dan Brown.

Can we really make a living by Blogging? If yes, how we can do that?

Supriti : I believe one can make money from blogging but it requires as much of hard work any regular jobs would (although I am yet to reach anywhere closer). You’ll need to create content, you’ll have to write informative posts about your chosen topic. This is the time consuming part. As a professional blogger, you’ll be selling/promoting either your own stuff or you would be selling/promoting someone else’s stuff.

The bottom line is, making money as a blogger is all about selling/ promoting/marketing. And it would all depend on how many (people) marvel at something you do and become your traffic for the blog to be able to generate an income for you. There are no shortcuts.

So far I only know it all theoretically; I started blogging for the sheer passion of enjoying the journey as a blogger and I have made some great connections along the way.

And yes it very possible -originality, consistency and hard work is key.

What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?              

Supriti : Do what you love and love what you do! The fun is to always be open to learning new things. It could be anything ranging from simple to complex. The idea is to learn, to evolve, to grow doing something that brings you joy.

Blog URL : Hookedonhomes.net

Category : Home/Garden/Decor/DIY

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