Taking it Personally

I had a couple of clients (rightly) tell me off this week because schedules had slipped and this wasn’t communicated as well as it could have been. I only have myself to blame, and I don’t mind being honest about it. I should have better anticipated the impact of the summer holidays and time off… read more →

| Work

On blogging, and how I’m probably doing it wrong

As we rapidly approach the 13th anniversary of me owning jemjabella.co.uk and my 15th year of blogging, I can’t help but think about how blogging (both my own, and on a wider scale) has changed over the years. 15 years ago it wasn’t uncommon for people to write blog posts thousands of words long. Blogs… read more →

Mojo

A developer without their mojo is a bad thing. A terrible thing. Imagine sitting down at a file, scrolling through line up line of your own code and nothing making sense. Imagine staring at that file not knowing where to start, and as the hours slowly tick tock tick tock past, instead of clarity and… read more →

My Internet History

I’ve been trawling the Way Back Machine lately for links & images for my recently re-added geek t-shirts collection page (work in progress), and happened upon a link to a page I used to have: “My Internet History”. I don’t have this page any more, it was one of the things I dropped when I… read more →

I feel like a fraud

I was reading Alice’s great post on the tiredness of a single mum yesterday and found myself nodding vigorously in agreement. Because I thought I knew tired when I had my first newborn; I thought I knew tired when we hit our first growth spurt; I thought I knew tired when I had a committed… read more →

Manifesto for Life

I will not settle for just-about-surviving in bad relationships for the sake of others. I will not model ‘making do’ to my children. I will climb a mountain and more if it means achieving my goals. I will not let other’s opinions stop me from being happy. I will allow myself to be vulnerable around… read more →

A vague-ish plan

I have been thinking — I know, dangerous times — over the past week about my site (again) and my plans and my other blogs and bla dee bla. If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ll know I have a constant dilemma of how I juggle my personal and professional identities alongside… read more →

| Geek

I feel old

I had a great idea for a blog post today but got home and couldn’t remember what it was I have a new phone that I cannot work I have seen twittery acronyms three times today that I couldn’t figure out I’m taking the morning off tomorrow to have a haircut and I might also… read more →

| Misc

No Regrets

I’ve waxed lyrical on and off social media recently about the benefits of going back to work on my mood (and sanity) and I think, in the process, somehow given off this impression that working for myself was the worst thing I’ve ever done and nowt but a bump in the road of my career.… read more →