Hello… I’m Jem.
I’m a blog post writing, website making, heavy weight lifting, geek t-shirt collecting, taekwon-do doing, feminist mama geek. Or something like that.
I work at home and create things online for money: websites, content, bad jokes on twitter (nobody pays me for that one really). I’ve been making websites since the tender age of 14 — the nerdy spotty teen sat on the fastest PC in the after-school computing club — and I have around 15 years commercial development experience. You can read more about my professional credentials and work at my portfolio »
I am ‘mum’ to two school-age kids — Isabel and Oliver — who fill my life with love and laughter, and are the cause of my drinking problem (jokes).
I am married to a fellow nerd, whom I met on OKCupid in May 2014, shortly after kicking out my (now ex) partner of 12 years. As cliché as it sounds, my husband truly completes me: his existence in my life brings out the best of me & he makes me feel happier than I ever thought possible. We ‘tied the knot’ in a private ceremony in May 2016, on the second anniversary of when we met.
I occasionally run a variety of distances (although won’t be breaking records any time soon) and like to lift heavy weights because it makes me look badass. Or just an ass, not sure which.
I have a bit of a pet “problem”. At any one point I have several cats, rabbits and guinea pigs (current count: 6 cats, 2 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs). To stop me from creating my own mini zoo, I regularly volunteer at Shropshire Cat Rescue. Unfortunately this hasn’t quite worked as planned, as several of current animals were adopted from the rescue anyway.
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 and vaguely remember a time when I had chance to be a gamer. I like cake, ice cream and bacon.
I suffer from a severe form of PMS called Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Despite being categorised as a depressive disorder, new research suggests that women with PMDD are more sensitive to normal hormone fluctuations due to a molecular mechanism in their genes. Either way, PMDD causes cyclical feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and even suicide idealisation. Read more about my PMDD and what I’m doing to treat the symptoms »
In March 2017 I realised that alcohol was having a negative impact upon my life for no net benefit and gave it up. Mostly. You can read about my journey to sobriety here.
I am actively involved in a boycott of all Nestlé products.