Hey y’all, thanks for visiting us! We’re Juan, Anjelica and Edgar, better known as Los Metiches online. As you can tell, we’re from the Great State of Texas. Life is good here, bueno that is if you don’t mind HOT weather almost all year round and a lot of humidity to go along with it. Even though we didn’t meet until we were adults – and through my sister at that (there’s a story there too, if you have an extra minute) – Anjelica and I are first generation Mexican-Americans. Bilingual Bicultural Millennials, technically speaking, if you will. Our families are both from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where we each spent a lot of our summers growing up. Anjie’s family is from Bocas. Mine is from Cerritos. We want Edgar to grow up appreciating his culture, language and identity as a Mexican-American, a Latino, and a loving and compassionate human being. Juan of Words is a snapshot into our life. Welcome.
Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Juan Alanis. Well, actually my full name is San Juan Martin Alanis Maldonado Turrubiartez Torres. Wow! That’s a mouthful I know. What can I say? I was born on the day of St. John the Baptist, and well in my family (there are nine of us all together thank you very much) that meant I was stuck with his name too. It’s not so bad. I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas in a little town called McCook, about an hour away from the U.S.-Mexico border. Since I was a kid, I have always loved to write. Only it took a lot help and guidance from others to help me realize the true power of the written word. I believe everyone has a story, and I love telling my own through pictures, words and video. It’s an honor to be able to write for you. ¡Gracias!
Anjelica is a visual artist by nature and a general creative overall. Whether it’s repurposing, recycling, or reimagining a concept, project or idea, Anjelica brings a unique edge to everything she does. She’s participated and served as a curator in various art exhibits here in Texas. Even though she doesn’t like to admit it, she is also the mastermind behind a lot of the creative conceptualizations for Juan of Words. Her contributions to the blog include arts and crafts, DIY projects, lifestyle features and beautiful imagery, among various others. She also has her own blog at CraftyThrifter.com.
Your typical muchacho, Edgar makes our life (and blog) complete. He’s talented and inspired and really takes after his mother on thinking outside of the box. When he’s not giving us material to work with on a daily basis, he’s making us laugh or haciendonos repelar.
He’s a great kid!
MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal: Lopez Negrete’s Juan Alanis Named Top 100 Social Media Power Influencer
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PR Day 2013: Return On Influence – A Blogger’s View Of Blogger Outreach For PR Agencies
Our Tiempo: EJO Talks About Not Being Latino Enough
Austin Advertising Federation Hispanic Marketing Symposium: Blogging With Cultura, Juan of Words
Mamiverse: Juan of Words
Ford Motor Company: Bloguero Tejano, Juan Alanis
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Houston Press: Masters of Cyberspace, First Houston Web Awards
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