Juliana C Stryker
My Singapore Blog Awards Interview
Check out my interview with omy.sg – the organizer of the Singapore Blog Awards 2012!
1. How do you feel about being one of the finalists in Singapore Blog Awards 2012?
I’m extremely happy (even though I’ve not won any awards :P) because the Singapore Blog Awards (SBA) is one of the most prestigious and reputable of blog awards. So to be nominated by the committee is a great honor to me. It’s like all that hard work that I’ve put in, these past 11 months, has finally paid off and as you probably already know, recognition always feels good. 🙂
I’m also very glad to be given an opportunity to learn new beauty tips from the other finalists (who are veteran beauty bloggers) as well as the beauty experts at Mary Chia (Official Sponsor of SBA Beauty Category).
In all, I can’t wait to experience this amazing journey with the rest of the girls and see where this competition can take me.
2. When did you start blogging and what drew you to it? Where do you get inspiration for your blog content?
Well, I started writing this blog last June. I’ve always been a beauty junkie but things took a turn earlier last year when I tried to get over a heart-wrenching break up. Nothing worked and instead I got more despondent and that was reflected in my appearance. The health of my skin deteriorated and I lost motivation to doll up. My family noticed the changes and pointed them out to me. I felt guilty that I made them worry so I decided to pick myself up quickly.
I perked up my dress sense and improved my beauty routine. The internet was my beauty encyclopedia. I googled whenever I needed skin care tips or fashion advice. However, I could never find a website that is dedicated to beauty product reviews and beauty tips for South East Asian skin. South East Asians experience different weather conditions and have different eating habits from the rest of Asia and the world so generic beauty tips might not work on us.
So I began to look for my own beauty formula and products and I think they probably worked because my family and friends took notice of the ‘new me’ and began to come to me for beauty and fashion advice. Soon I became their “Resident Beauty Guru”. Haha!
My friends are also aware of this deficit in the beauty blogosphere and so they encouraged me to start a blog of this nature to share my beauty tips for South East Asians and my take on different beauty and fashion products and services in the market. So ‘Honeyz’ was born on 11 June 2011.
The blog boosted my confidence again, helped me wean myself off the ‘break-up devastation’ completely and empowered me in setting new goals. It has also helped me stay connected with my friends and reconnect with old friends who find my blog through Google.
Now ‘Honeyz’ has become the blood that runs through my veins and I can’t live without it!
3. How do you feel about the other Finalists in your category this year? How do you think you will fare compared to them?
Needless to say, the other finalists are very experienced and already have a network of loyal followers. Some of them are last year’s SBA Beauty finalists! Tough competition I tell you.
Here’s a little secret. I’m also a loyal reader of some of their blogs so when I met them at a briefing and gathering held by the Mary Chia team last week, I got slightly starstruck!
The girls are all very friendly and humble despite their achievements. Some of them have even added me on Facebook!
Compared to their blogs, my blog has been around for the shortest time but I don’t think that will put me at a disadvantage. In fact, I think it is difficult to compare us because even though we share a common interest – beauty, we are all of different demographics. Therefore, our blogs deliver a vast variety of beauty experiences that cater to different niches.
4. Give a reason why readers should visit your blog and vote for you?
Because this is not just a beauty blog, it is a lifestyle consultancy!
Liberation has resulted in a new generation of capable women who are not afraid to stand up for themselves and pursue their loves in an open and new fashion way.
As we usher in the new decade, we also welcome this new era of women who possess a significant puchasing power and who constitute 80% of the global consumer market.
Gone are the days women were deemed dependent and vulnerable. Today, they embrace their charm and inner beauty with confidence and vigor.
At Honeyz, we provide tips and advice for these new-age confident and intelligent women who are not afraid to express their desires, show off their charm and become the belle of every ball. We help them make well informed decisions when it comes to their biggest love – Beauty.
Although Honeyz was conceived for personal reasons, to empower myself, it has become a much bigger project – for all women to empower themselves in the same way. This is my dream and I hope your votes can help me achieve that.
Can I give another reason why readers should vote for me? 😛
Because Honeyz is turning big One in a couple of weeks and your vote will be Honeyz’ best birthday present ever! 😀
So please vote for me!
Register an account here, then activate your omy.sg account by verifying your email in the confirmation email sent by omy.sg.
Psst! If you’re wondering why you are required to fill in your personal details, it is because voters also stand a chance to win attractive prizes! The personal details that you have submitted is for verification purposes in the event that you win something.
Please click on my ‘Vote for Me’ icon after you have registered an account.
Voters are allowed to vote once a day, so please show me some love everyday by voting for me! 😀
Your friend, Juliana