When I started blogging in 2010, I was a new makeup artist in a small country based out of South East Asia. I was living as an expat with a career I loved and abundant curiosity in the world of beauty in Asia and beyond. Being in Singapore, I wanted to get to know more brands and join a community of similar interests. One of the reasons I started blogging was to help my career as a makeup artist gain more exposure. At the time, social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Vine and even Twitter either did not exist or were very new-ish to the game. I needed a voice and an outlet to talk about my passion for makeup and noticed there was a very active beauty blogger community in Singapore with events and opportunities beyond doing just makeup. And thus Norah Loves Makeup the blog was born using WordPress as my platform.
I knew WordPress was perfect for my blog from the outset, it offered a lot of robust features and endless customization possibilities. While it posed a great challenge at times, I felt very comfortable once I began writing and learned the ins and outs of WordPress, all self taught. As a connector and a business, blogging has been good to me. Back then blogging was much more complicated in terms of setting up, everything had to be done separately from hosting, domain name, etc. Now there are options in the market such as HostGator Optimized WordPress which make it simple and easy to get started. If you are a small business owner like me, a blog is a fantastic tool to get your name out there. I can’t recall how many times, I’d get asked about my blog and get makeup gigs because of it. The feedback I get from real clients, brands, other makeup artists is so wonderful that I have no desire to ever stop for as long as I can.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.