When Rosana acquired the hugs domains in 2005, her initial idea was to create a portal to connect people, a social network, more or less. She worked out some concepts, but she never put those online.
In the meantime, Rosana started using Hugs for e-mail purposes. So although there wasn't a website actively running on the Hugs domain, the domain was in use.
Two years later in 2007, Hugs was home to the baby "Bibi" blog of Wouter and Rosana, when they were expecting their first child.
Fast forward a few years to 2009 and you would find that Rosana was planning to launch a scrapbooking site on Hugs. While this took many years to actually happen, Rosana launched her Retro Hugs Etsy shop in 2016.
In the meantime, Hugs has always been used by the entire family for e-mail, and also for several websites, such as the wedding site!
Since Rosana often got (unwanted) e-mails from strangers inquiring about taking over the Hugs domain name, since to these strangers it seemed the domain wasn't in use (it was), Rosana recently decided to make a splash page linking to all her active websites and shops. One page where people can find her and her work online.
The Hugs website is subject to change. Who knows, Rosana might turn this into a social network after all, or build a brand around it, or turn it into a blog. Time will tell!
Rosana is a Dutch designer, artist and illustrator. Whether she is at work or practicing her hobbies, she is always creating things. She runs a studio from home. The studio is her happy place, and this is where she works on various websites.
Some of her websites include:
- Rosana Kooymans: Art & Design - Home to her personal blog, her illustrations, her 365 project and then some.
- SimsNetwork - a fansite about The Sims games where she creates custom content, writes articles and records videos!
- Retro Hugs - her planner and craft blog
- Miss Design - her design portfolio
- Juniorwood - an outdated but much beloved blog about adventurous plush leopard!
Rosana also runs a few (less active and some outdated) sub-sites such as SimCityNetwork, MySimsNetwork, SporeNetwork and SNW Games. These sites are technically part of SNW, but have their own design, their own news, their own purpose.
All her websites are bilingual.
Rosana runs two shops at the moment. The first one is her Rosana Kooymans: Art & Design shop on Etsy. This is where she sells plush animals such as Freezer Bunnies. But she also has unique illustrations and prints in her shop, as well as 3D printed objects!
Her other shop is the Retro Hugs shop on Etsy. In this shop Rosana offers (mostly handmade) planner goodies and craft supplies. She designs stickers, planner inserts, planner dividers, planner charms, page markers/bookmarks and much more. There's also washi and sticky notes!
Rosana is also active on YouTube with various channels. Two channels (SimsNetwork and SimsNetwerk) for The Sims and other games. And then there are her personal vlog channels Rosana and Rosana NL where she occasionally (when she feels like it) uploads shop hauls and other fun videos. Finally there is her new channel Retro Hugs where she intends to upload Plan with Me videos in the near future!