Hello :)

jem-drinking-wineMy name is Jem … actually, it’s not Jem, it’s Jemma, but nobody calls me that any more. I’m a senior web developer, prolific blogger and “single 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 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 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, and my free PHP mail form. 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 a ridiculous amount of animals.

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?

I am actively involved in a boycott of all Nestlé products.

Read my manifesto for life »

* Clarification: I’m a lone parent, but not actually single…