Who is Nora Tol?

A passion for music, story telling, design, internet and sharing creativity are my main motivators.

Hi! Nice of you to take some time out and take a look around on my website. As you can see, it’s very diverse in topics, but all these topics are where my heart is at. My name is Nora Tol and I put quite some effort into my website and creating cool things to share with you.

So who am I? Who is Nora Tol?

Well, just like anyone else I’m a work in progress. Still trying to figure out life, but I do have a good sense of me. I love music, internet, food, travel, writing, I love to create things and share the results. Most of the time I’m very positive; “there are only challenges, no problems”.

Entrepreneur

Thinking of turning dreams into reality

Thinking of turning dreams into reality

I’m a second time business owner. In the middle of the 90s, when Internet was on the rise, I’d founded my first company. It was a web design / internet company called Nora Tol Virtual Publishing, for which I created websites and maintained website content.

In 2012, I shut down that company to start a life change, but I stayed involved in websites and Internet. The focus shifted fully to online content, site structure and online marketing.

Alongside, I arranged time to focus on my music. All is housed in my second company, ElNorado Productions.

Artist

My music

Always listening to music

My love for music has been there since I was little. I started writing songs when I was 9 and have continued to write lyrics ever since. In my teens, I’ve tried to play a little keyboard and created my first demos. Since then, music has been my way of expressing myself and my escape at times.

I write pop songs with influences of dance music and R&B. I have collaborated with many people and was part of a production collective called Beat The Odds. Check out my music  on this site.

Writing: Blogs and articles

Nora Tol writing

What will I write about today?

Ever since I’ve learned how to write, it’s been one of those things that I’ve enjoyed doing. Dreams of one day publishing my own music magazine faded with the very first introduction to the Internet. I’ve been writing content for that ever since.

I wrote many product descriptions in Dutch for websites, and am currently mainly writing in English. I write music news for this website, and blog about Uber and Music for clients.

I also publish blogs and articles on LinkedIn Pulse.

Online content

Don't you hate it when you're computer doesn't do what you want it to!

Sometimes it looks like technology has a mind of its own

In my early days as a webdesigner, Internet was just on the rise. There were no content management systems, so being a site’s webmaster also meant I was the site’s content manager.

Online content is still something that drives me. I love telling stories, both in words as in pictures. Online content allows me to combine the two, but there’s one more element to online content that attracts me. It’s not just about the writing. There are technical aspects to take into account, such as SEO, publishing tools and the website itself. I love all the dynamics, which is why I freelance as an online content specialist and digital content creator for ElNorado Productions.

Internet / Technology and Design

Nora Tol from Burner video

We never knew smartphones would impact our lives so much

I just can’t help getting excited about the Internet and all of its impact world wide. From the start, I’ve seen the possibilities and embraced it.

As an entrepreneur I can’t help but keep an eye on the developments of technical application to make life easier. It’s one of the main reasons I blog about Uber.

For me, Internet gave me a platform to channel and publish some of my creativity. I was already designing in Photoshop and writing for newsletters in print, but the Internet gave me access to an audience world wide and I loved it, so I turned it into my job to blog, write articles. On this website, you´ll be able to find all the links to my work.

Artsy bracelet

Artsy bracelet designed by me, Nora Tol

Jewelry creation

In my spare time, I create jewelry. I only started this about two years ago and am exploring all styles, so I create everything from necklaces, earrings, to rings and bracelets.

Currently, some of the jewelry is on display at an exhibition in The Netherlands (runs until October 2016) and some of it is on sale in my webshop.

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