So, as some of you may know, my website MakeupAdviceForum was hacked over the weekend.
Hacked so far down to the bone that the tech guys who’ve ‘cleaned’ it, removed over 300 strings of malicious code embedded in it.
This is the 2nd hack in recent weeks, along with a hack on my Pinterest account (and no the passwords weren’t the same. Coincidence??)
So basically, I have to rebuild asap. It’s okay at the moment, but I’m now ready to start again.
And this is where I question my identity.
My ‘real’ job is as a makeup artist. That’s what I adore and love and obviously that passion overflows into a love of all things beauty.
MAF came about as a result of being a popular and unbiased advisor on a couple of wedding planning sites back before the days of blogs, facebook etc. When the forum began I was on maternity break with my 2nd son, and it filled a massive gap that was missing from not doing makeup jobs.
When my 3rd and 4th sons came along, the focus shifted away from going out to work and more to being at home and writing about makeup.
That and a heavy felt recession in North Wales where getting married and learning about makeup application is not a high priority…
(In fact, my focus shifted so much and juggling makeup, motherhood and MAF has meant that my poor old portfolio website hasn’t been updated since 2008, before son number 3 came along!)
But we’re now coming out of the recession here, and when the children go back to school in September, my youngest son will be nearly 1 and a half, and it’s time for me to be less of a stay at home/work from home mum, and get back to being a busy working makeup artist.
This does make me wonder where MAF fits into it all.
It’s my other baby! I suppose, almost, the daughter I never had!
I want the forum to be back to getting a million hits a month, and I want to be able to continue writing, and I want to be back out on the job too.
I wonder if it’s now time to rebrand, but as myself again.
Sam Donald The Makeup Artist with a forum and blog rather than a Makeup Advice Forum that happens to be owned by someone who once was a fulltime makeup artist?
I would still have the url for both the sites, but maybe sharing one website space?
I’d gratefully hear opinions, thoughts. Anything.
Thanks in advance