Hello :)

My name is Jem … actually, it’s not Jem, it’s Jemma, but nobody calls me that any more. I’ve not always used ‘Jem’, in fact I remember when I was 14 I told off a science supply teacher because he had the audacity to shorten my name …

Where was I? Oh yes! About me. I’m a senior web developer, prolific blogger and mum. Not necessarily in that order. I once told the world I’d never become a “mommy blogger”, then I had a baby. Now I talk about boobs and poo and other inane mummy stuff. I also lose the thread a lot, but sleep deprivation does that to a person (if you’re nodding now I know you have kids too, right?) I started blogging back in my early teens as a journal of everything. Unfortunately I lost a lot of my early archives but if you go back to the beginning here you’ll find every boring detail of my college life, etc. I can heartily recommend doing this if you suffer from insomnia. Guaranteed cure to all sleep woes :) Nowadays this blog is the dumping ground for any crap that doesn’t fit elsewhere, web-based experiments and the occasional rant about something that has annoyed me.

Work

I make websites that work. Websites that sell more, rank better, inform customers & generate more enquiries. Web development is one of my biggest passions (after wine and ice cream my kids). I started creating websites as a hobby back in the 90s — I was the spotty teen hogging the fastest PC in after-school computing club — and now do it to pay the bills too. I have over 10 years commercial experience developing solutions for a range of clients and my stuff has been featured in .net mag, The Guardian & elsewhere.

Although I can mostly be found knee-deep in WordPress (world’s most popular CMS) these days, I like to get my hands dirty with all things PHP. I have released several GPL licensed PHP scripts including BellaBook, which is distributed through the Softaculous software library and is used on over 2 million websites worldwide. I also like to dabble with Search Engine Optimisation and affiliate marketing.

I went self-employed in 2012 but after 2 years I decided to return to the world of employment as Senior Developer at matm (because it turns out I actually do like working alongside people after all).

Personal

I am mostly bossed around by my two smalls, Isabel and Oliver, and when they’re asleep I play zookeeper to 11 pets and counting with “Mr Jemjabella” aka Karl. We’ve been together since the dawn of time, or it feels like it anyway. One day we might get married — any excuse for a party.

I’m stubborn, sarcastic, honest to a fault (probably not a good idea to ask me if your bum looks big in that) and have a habit of being a bit of a “know it all”. Probably because I really do know it all.

I love to read, collect geek t-shirts, vaguely remember a time when I had chance to be a gamer and started running again in 2013. I’m not very good at it. I like cake, wine, ice cream and bacon. Did I mention wine?