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a little more about me and my blog, yay

While I already have an About section for Demzelle – not in distress, I felt like it was necessary to create a post with some more details on my work and myself. This counts as somewhere between a FAQ and a short interview addressing good questions that were brought up by friends.

1. First, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Syrian, raised in Dubai and have lived here my entire life. I’m a self taught artist, an individualist, and someone with too much excitement for even the smallest of things. Having graduated from high school with a scientific diploma, a BA in university and currently a MSc Graduate in Project Management, I keep exploring new talents and interests that help me with achieving long-term goals.

2.What made you start Demzelle – not in distress?
Other than expressing my love for writing, drawing, styling and assembling things, I wanted to inspire people and connect with them; the online world is so vast and there are so many ways to reach out to others. I always had the passion for lending a helping hand and an interest in social leadership.

3. How long did it take you to prepare and publish the blog?
I had the idea (of Demzelle) for the longest time and actually started blogging with free platforms such as Tumblr (2011) and Blogspot (2010 – 2013). I eventually wanted to develop it into a professional blog and with some practice, I managed to do so. Although I planned on creating this theme since 2008, I began this project at the end of 2014 and finalized it during April 2015 (Demzelle – not in distress). It’s been a journey.

4. How did you get into blogging?
I might be considered a techie for my love for electronics and technical things – but not exactly. Back in the old days (mid 1990s) accessing the internet was nearly impossible and so I had other things to do apart from surfing the web. I used to dismantle calculators, computer parts and mobile phones and spent a lot of time on MS Paint (of course these only came in second to drawing).

As I learned how to use the internet, I read a bit about editing HTML and basic CSS (I’m no longer into that) and used to edit website pages. I went to an art and design university in 2007 for four years and strangely enough, it made me realize that I would much rather not design websites. Instead, I came to learn about the fundamentals of fashion, photography and other arts (and it was not thanks to the university).

¬†Eventually, it all came together in the end, and with some encouragement, I found myself finally making it happen. I feel like I didn’t answer the question correctly but if you should know, (in simple words) it was peer pressure. Joking.

5. What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I honestly enjoy and prefer all things introverted, such as drawing, reading, writing and spending evenings watching videos or playing video games. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from attending events, hangouts and parties. People don’t consider me an introvert because I’m often found mingling and socializing.

As for my interests, I have a profound appreciation for different forms of art, colorful things and animals – especially cats. Although I’m generally well informed about many topics, I’m most happy when discussing theories, philosophy and of course, art.

I think that’s enough about me for now. I also appear in some magazines and publications, view them here.

Fun fact: I post on Sundays and Thursdays.

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