Welcome to Juan of Words by Juan Alanis and Anjelica Cazares! We started this website in 2010 as a form of creative expression. Back then we were "bright eyed and bushy-tailed" excited to uncover everything the world wide web had to offer. We honestly had no idea that what we were starting as a platform to share our personal stories and our silly antics could turn into anything more than a fun place to share these things with our friends and family. We even took on the name Los Metiches as a funny joke!
[insert dramatic telenovela music here... tan, tan, tan!]
Enter the power of social media. No only did we find tremendous success with our blog and an incredible network of other bloggers and creators across the United States, but we even were lucky enough to have new opportunities come our way. We traveled, we worked with brands, Juan got recruited into the agency world, we attended conferences, and we even got to do a breakfast cereal commercial. It was a lot of fun! By 2018 we were established enough that Juan of Words won Blog of the Year at the annual Tecla Awards hosted by the national Hispanicize Event in Miami, Florida.
We were incredibly grateful, and that made us start thinking about what was next?
That ended up being two businesses, two podcasts, a part-time move to another state, and more purpose than ever. Now we understand how social media and the digital age were such a huge equalizer and a catalyst for us. When we started we were the new kids on the block and nobody knew who we were so doors were definitely not opening up for us. Because we were able to build our blog, our businesses, and our brands (both personal and professional) online, we gained access.
That's all we needed to hit the ground running!
Now, that's what we are focused on 100 percent of the time. Be it through our businesses, our podcasts, our blog, this website, or any of our other online or offline efforts - elevating diverse voices and helping more of us gain access to bigger opportunities.
Anjelica's podcast If Not You, Then Who?is one you don't want to miss. Especially her Latina Leadership Series. She speaks to incredible Latina women almost every episode about their personal stories, struggles, and motivations. In 2022, she received the Best Podcast Award from the Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapter for If Not You, Then Who?
If you've been with us for a while, we are grateful that you are still here. If you are just getting to know us, take a few minutes, browse around this website and check out our links to get a feel for who these two first generation Mexican-American Tejanos are.