For this interview, we found a die-hard DIYer. Her name is Sabine and she puts her whole heart into her blog. You can tell because as she said it perfectly – “I don’t create DIY projects to get new content on my blog. I make the DIY projects for me, and then I write about them”. Sabine from Mom In Music City is a single mom and a special education pre-school teacher by day and a blogger by night. She did some really hardcore projects like refinishing her wooden floor and her deck and creating a guest room.
1. How many years have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging for six years.
2. What is your favorite DIY project that you’ve ever done?
My favorite (and hardest) project was refinishing my hardwood floors. It was very labor-intensive, dusty, and nerve-racking. The end result was beautiful and well worth the pain.
3. Which project are you most proud of?
I single-handedly refinished our hardwood floors. It was the hardest project and one I am most proud of. I’m also proud of painting the exterior of my home (also single-handedly). I don’t like heights, but for this, I stood on a 16-foot ladder for several days.
4. What does a day in the life of a DIY blogger look like?
In addition to blogging, I’m a single parent and work full-time with special needs preschoolers. Blogging is my side gig, my hobby. I usually work on my posts over the weekend. I wish I had more time for it, though. I enjoy the writing process and connecting with my readers and brands. It’s exciting to have your own website.
5. What kind of lighting do you have set up for your work?
For photography, I prefer natural light. I like taking pictures on my deck.
6. Have you ever used a lamp or string lights in a project?
I have done several posts on lamps and light fixtures. I exchanged two outdated “boob lights” for modern pendants. It made a huge difference to the room. It was also the first time I ever “messed” with electricity and light fixtures. I also placed the coolest floor lamp in my son’s room. This lamp (with three dimmers) brightens up his entire room without an overhead ceiling light. He loves the lamp.
7. What is the hardest thing about doing DIY?
Not knowing if it’s going to turn out ok. For me, sometimes, the biggest challenge is simply not having enough hands.
8. What’s your secret to staying motivated & inspired long term?
I love to work and stay busy. Your home is never completely finished. There’s always room for improvement. I like stepping outside my comfort zone because the most challenging projects are always the most rewarding. I also like to motivate my readers to step outside their comfort level. If I can do it, they can do it too. The best thing is when readers tell me that I inspired them to refinish their floors, paint their house or other DIY projects. Comments like these make my day.
9. What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?
I write about topics I care about. My posts are the “real” me. I don’t pretend to be someone or something I’m not. I don’t do DIY projects to generate content for my blog. I do the projects for me and then I share them with my readers. Unlike some bloggers, I don’t want to be in just one niche. I write about things I’m passionate about. One day I write about hardwood floors, the next day I might write about my horrible experience with Endometrial Biopsy. Real life is about a lot of things and topics. I think my readers appreciate my sincerity.
Hope you enjoyed the interview! And please leave your comments and/or questions for Sabine below .