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Oh hey girl, it’s me, your friendly neighborhood cat lady! In celebration of my 10th year as a blogger, the Tinaciouslee website is finally LIVE!

I’M SO EXCITED, CAN YOU TELL?

Welcome to my website!

You know, I’ve no problems keeping my free .wordpress.com blog sites but having a website built around the “Tinaciouslee” handle is something that I’ve always wanted. I’ve owned several personal websites in the past but I was young then and these sites were pretty forgettable. Was tempted to name this “Tinaciouslee” but for SEO reasons, I went with the current domain name.

Keeping a website isn’t as simple as getting a free one though. With a free blog site, you don’t have to worry about building the design, buying domain names, etc. Until recently, I didn’t know anyone who’d do all the heavy lifting for me.

The Website

The kind of work I do is serious business and serious business needs a serious website. I feel that if I want to present my life’s work in the best possible light, I have to get my own website.

So! My friends at GOSMRK developed this website for me. It looks totally simple and clean, which is the exact look I was going for. The main page is tinaciouswriter.com, which is an intro page for those who are new to my website.

The homepage presents all the important links that I want to highlight, such as my professional and personal websites. These sites are tabbed above the header to keep everything organized and visually light.

How the articles are laid out is pretty simple also. This way, the page doesn’t look busy. Below is the footer with my social media links, a sample post for interested clients, and a link that leads to the contact form.

The Design

The design process was pretty straightforward, my friend (and esteemed colleague *ahem*) Chris came to me with an idea and we basically worked around that. Although I’m painfully detail-oriented, I kept dilly dallying with certain aspects of the design. But in the end, the website turned out exactly how I want it.

Trust me, this is my vision of a grown-up personal site. I love the gold and peach color palette, the matching headers, and the cohesive design.

Back in the day, my websites have all sorts of blinking, rolling, distracting stuff on the homepage. The senses are overloaded whenever a page opens. They were a confusing mess.

Now that I’m old and wiser, I’m digging the whole minimalist look and I’ve incorporated the concept into my lifestyle.

I’m not sure if integrating my personal blog with my portfolio in one website is such a hot idea honestly. Because the image I project to my clients is different from my true personality, you know? But I just got tired of going to and fro whenever. It’ll be such a waste if I leave these two separated sites and not maximize the website to its fullest.

Content

Although I write reviews on a semi-regular basis, I won’t be focusing too much on product reviews. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing these reviews. But somehow the content became all about the reviews and sometimes I feel weird writing something totally unrelated to it.

Yes, there will be beauty reviews but occasionally, I’ll be putting out personal content too. I feel that the old tinabytes blog site became just another product review site if that makes sense. I want a unique website with personality.

Also, I’ve decided to optimize the content and images… I’m a website writer after all. I’m doing this because If I’m maintaining a website, I gotta do it right. That means getting a decent ranking and respectable traffic.

In the past, I write my personal posts willy nilly because this is just another passion project I’m into – a hobby that allows me to vent and spill my thoughts. But since I’m already being extra getting a website and all, I might as well put more effort on the content.

The category list is out of whack because it unified my portfolio and beauty website categories but that’s fine. WordPress migration has always been a bitch so I suppose we just have to live with that. We are still ironing out the kinks. The content isn’t laid out properly or some links might be leading to weird places but bear with me, we’re getting there!

So! Please feel free to look around! Cheers to 10 years of ruffling feathers online 😀

Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, and a purse addict. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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