My name is Jess Joyce, yep two first names – it does confuse sales people.
I’m a web developer, search engine optimizer, I love the internet and I work on a Mac
My secret career goal is to be a spy – they’re so confident and stealthy and I trip over my own feet.
Until the spy career pans out, I live Toronto, Ontario Canada and was born in the summer of 1981.
I started developing websites when I was 15 and about the same time I started really listening to music. You know that time when you evolve from what the radio provides you and venture past what’s infront of you to find what you actually enjoy.
The bands I came to enjoy had little-to-no information on the web about them at the time, so I started building fan websites to show my appreciation. Well building sites requires knowing code which I had no clue about so I headed over to GeoCities, Tripod, FortuneCity and eventually got bored with their pre-packaged layouts so taught myself code and built my frist sties on their free platforms.
Today there’s only 1 site still going and I’ve moved it more than a few times – my silverchair fansite. I haven’t updated it in a while but still love them (even though they took a hiatus as of 2011) and like to keep it as an archive.
Building those fan sites sites were my foundation of my webucation and brought my two favourite pieces of life together, music and the internet. So by building these sites I could keep up-to-date on my favourite artists while keeping up-to-date on my coding skills – win.
Once I hit high school one of my programming teachers let me teach the HTML class so figured it was on to something and after high school gained a diploma from Fanshawe College in Multimedia in London, Ontario.
Lately, I’ve been expanding and constantly updating my development skills and over the last 5+ years I spent a lot of that time in search engine optimization and analytics – Matt Cutts answered one of my questions in 2008, tripstar = me.
Aside from working away on the internet I love travel and have been lucky enough to venture to some pretty incredible places. So far I’ve ventured off to France, England, Barbados, San Francisco and the last trip was South Africa & Mozambique.
Also a few years ago I narrowly escaped being eaten by zombies – practice for the zompocalypse!
I’m terrible about explaining myself, so here are some great quotes I turn to.
|“Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience” – The Beach
“I missed the best part, can we please go back to the start” – Incubus
“Impassible. Nothing’s impossible.” – Alice in Wonderland
“I’m happy and angry at the same time!” – Ralph Wiggum
“Everything’s not lost…” – Coldplay
“Before it ends, just tell me where to begin!” – Fiona Apple
|“Maybe tomorrow I’ll find my way” – Stereophonics
“You need a heart that’s filled with music, if you use it you can fly” – The Roots
“I’ve been thinkin, I’ve got my reasons… Just to get by” – Talib Kweli
“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals…” – Men In Black