Welcome to JonDJones.com, as you can probably guess my names Jon and I make websites for a living. Writing this page without making it sound like a cheesy dating profile trying to sell myself is harder than it seems. I got into programming when I was 7 years old on an old BBC Micro and I've always and for some reason I've always had an interest in technology since.
Like most people, I've had a handful of jobs I enjoyed and a larger list of companies where I worked was never really happy. I guess us programmers are a funny bunch, I've always been inspired by creating cool things, I love making websites and teaching people new skills and tools that will make them better at their jobs, I was never motivated by someone else telling me what I had to work on, what technologies I had to learn. I was never the person who wanted to play silly political games and suck up tp a boost just to try and get a promoted, too often I saw people who were more focus on trying to do the thing that made them look good, rather than putting all their focus into creating cool things.
At the time I thought that was being a developer and I didn't enjoy it. I thought I'd change careers as the thought pf spending the next 30 years, either sucking up or being overlooked was depressing. Around 2012, I decided that working for someone wasn't cut out for me and I made a decision that I'd never work for anyone else again.
It wasn't until I took responsibility for my career that things really changed for me. After starting my own business, one of the first things I did was to start this website back in 2013. At the time, the idea behind this site was to look good on my CV, but over time it has grown to be something a lot larger and a lot bigger than just myself.
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About 4-5 years ago I decided a normal 9-5 job wasn't for me and I decided to get into contracting. One of the things I realized pretty quickly is that when it came to applying for the most well paid contract, I was competeing against the best talent in the UK. I've never had the type of personality to sit back and hope that things would go my way, so I decided to start a blog to hopefully make me shine a little bit brighter when I interviewed compared to my peers.The first version of this website was a pretty quick and horrid single HTML page with my portfolio on it. This evolved into a Wordpress site with a free theme a few months after. The first few posts I wrote were pretty random and pretty shit. I'd write maybe one or two posts every month, on all sorts of shit, ranging from thoughts on books, rantings. Whenever I got stuck on a work problem and couldn't find a good answer on Google, I would write a tutorial explaining how to solve the problem. At the time I probably had 10-20 visitors a month to my site. When I started writing tutorials, things started to pick up. Over a long period of time, the amount I wrote increased and a number of people who visited the site increased. Month after month this site seems to keep on growing. This year alone 1,000,000 pages views will occur. One million is a big difference to the 50 I had in the first year!
Now I spend a lot of my time thinking about new and improved ways to help people all over the world build websites. Deep down we're all techies and I still enjoy hearing about your projects, problems and how you solved them. I definitely have big plans for the future for this site and there are always new things being added, if you're new to this site then I'd recommend joining the newsletter, or, getting one of my free guides first.
CHECK OUT MY PORTOLIO
That's right.. here are a list of project I've woked on over the years :)