Start a blog. That has been in my mind for far too long.
So I’ve finally decided to start a blog. And I want this space to be my creative outlet and a marketing tool for me to be able to reach more people.
I’ve always wanted a life where no one would have the right to tell me what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. (Don’t we all?)
It’s not an authority issue whatsoever, its just my independent inner-self dreaming to be just that, independent.
I’ve also wanted a way to express and share everything and anything that inspires me. Whether it was what I’m doing, what I’m wearing, what I’m shooting (with a camera, of course), what I’m eating, etc.
I just wanted to throw it out there and share it with everyone. And to start a blog was the way to go.
At the same time, I’ve never actually started a blog before because -precisely- the part about sharing it with everyone scared the **** out of me. It sounds contradictory, but that’s how I felt. I was afraid of being judged. I was terrified of opening myself to people I don’t even know and even more of opening myself to people I DO know. But I thought, WHAT THE HELL.
The people who know me in person can vouch that I tend to be pretty introverted at first and that I don’t open myself to anyone that easily either.
So why someone like me would want to do something like this?
Well, maybe it’s because the false “protection” a screen and the internet gives me. With this, I would be opening myself and sharing everything that I wanted without the pressure of being in front of those people in the first place.
Another reason that I wanted to do this, is because I wanted a platform where I can combine all of that and shape it with my own creative freedom. Afterall right now is the time for social media, and social media work through photographs, which I just happen to LOVE and enjoy very very much.
Instagram offers almost the same, I can share my pictures, add some caption and I’m good to go. But it’s very limiting at the same time.
So because I wanted the freedom to share things as I pleased, to start a blog was the best way to go. I can share my photos. I can add big texts, small texts, wrong texts.
My photos don’t have to be the exact same color so the feed would look nice and all of those typical Instagram stereotypes.
I would have all the freedom in the world to share what I wanted -exactly- how I want it.
And I’m not saying that with Instagram you can’t do whatever you want, it’s just that to play in the big leagues of Instagram you have to play by their rules. And that’s exactly what I was running away from. I wanted to create my own set of rules and break them whenever I wanted.
I’m not an English native speaker (so please forgive me if I make any mistakes).
I was born in Cancún, México. And most of my family is from Spain. So Spanish is my native language, but I was fortunate enough to attend a pretty great school which is bilingual and I speak English since I was 6 years old.
And I don’t know why I’ve always felt that I could express myself better writing in English. So that’s one of the main reasons my blog posts are going to be in English.
“And what would your blog posts be about?”, you may ask. Well to be completely honest; about everything.
I want to share things that I’m doing. Things that have happened to me. Personal experiences. Maybe technical stuff about photography. What my favorite settings are? My travels. Experiences about school, about work, about my skin issues if that is what I’m feeling at that moment.
All of these focused into three categories; fashion, photography, and lifestyle.
Just general things in my normal boring life, hoping that anyone could relate to it.
And that’s the story behind the “why”. I just followed the annoying and persistent voice inside my head that told me “Andrea, Start a Blog”.
So hello everyone! I’m Andrea Bou.
An almost 25-year-old Mexican-Spanish fashion designer and photographer living in Barcelona with apparently having nothing better to do than to start a blog.