Time for Change

On one of the days where maybe the most posts are made, I am also making my New Year Resolutions and why I’m choosing them and sticking to them.

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New Name, New Content

Well, It’s about time I finally stepped up my game in regards to this blog that I have created. I first created this blog in 2012 and I really did not have any idea where I wanted to take it. I have attempted to change the direction of this blog too many times, not knowing that in three months I may or may not like what it has become. I have sat down for a couple of hours today and really had a good thought on the direction I want to go. Many things have run through my mind, shall I solely focus on video games and not explore other passions like photographer, or films. This has lead me to the decision of wanting to create a blog that is not going to be in a bloated market of niche blogs. I am going to create a blog that I am about to post my opinions on anything that I feel strongly about.

I have recently purchased the domain CreatedbyJamie.co.uk and that’s the new name of this blog. I was going to stick with the Made By Jamie title but it has been bought by another individual so that was out of the question. I have also changed the layout and theme of this blog so please feel free to comment on what you think of it.

Hope to see your comments soon!

Why I quit an effortless job

At the age of twenty, the world was before me. I was able to mold my career into what I wanted it to be. I was working as an Apprentice I.T Technician in Bradford which was a wonderful job with wonderful people, but it wasn’t enough. I have a passion for I.T but I have a bigger passion and that is creating and developing new products and new things. I wasn’t able to do this in the current job I was on so in December 2012, I really got my head down and learnt HTML5 and CSS3. I spent countless nights learning this, going until 2am in the morning just to learn the code that would allow me to unlock my future. I loved it, it allows me to create something with just a couple of lines of code. After five months, I had HTML5 and CSS3 down to a tee, I was brilliant with it but I needed a job that could further extend me knowledge and experience in it. Freelancing and creating example websites could of helped with that but who wants to choose a guy who has two websites on his portfolio, including his own, and pay him thousands to handle on of the most important marketing tools your company has.

I applied for hundreds of jobs. Hundreds didn’t reply, One did. It was a company based in Wakefield that did Email Marketing which I thought would be a really interesting start and could allow me to work with others that shared the same passion and dedication that I did. It was a job that would be able to kickstart my career in web and the entire idea of it had me going head over heels in excitement. It was perfect. I went to the interview in my best suit and I had revised questions and the company itself. I was confident during the interview which I knew I had to be to at least have shot at getting the job.  Three days after the interview I gave up hope, thinking that weren’t going to get back to me but after work one day they phoned me and offered me the job. I was so excited to start this new exciting role and get myself full of knowledge from others around me.

My first day went off with a bang. I set off an alarm by arriving too early and didn’t have a computer for the first two days. My optimistic eyes looked past this and believed that It would be a great place to work. My co-worker had been working here for two years and had a good amount of knowledge of email marketing and how to develop emails for the majority of Email clients. I had a line manager that was friendly and looked out for me. For the first two months, the job was brilliant. I was a sponge, sucking up all the information that I would get from my co workers and other workers around me about the marketing sector and email and web development in general.

That’s when it started to go down hill….

One of my co-workers was let go of, for the reason of “She wasn’t needed here anymore” & “This isn’t anything to do with financial reasons”. I looked past this and concentrated on learning and working. This is what I wanted to do and I would prove to them that they had picked a great employee that will make the best product for them. The three month provision meeting came up and I went in nervous, thinking that I might not have made it. They discussed with me that I was doing a good job but they wanted to give me some extra work and prolong my probation period, they gave me thee work that my co-worker had before she left. This is everything to do with the scheduling, data extraction and data importing side of email marketing. They were giving me work that something else got a pay cheque for and didn’t increase mine a penny. My initial reaction to this is that It would be a challenge but it was a workplace and this is expected.

I carried on working as normal, with the same passion and dedication as before, even with the extra workload, and then my daughter was born. At this point, it all changed for me.

Before she was born, I was travelling two hours in the morning and two hours at night. This didn’t bother me because I didn’t have that bond with my daughter yet. I entertained myself with music or a book, it got me through the horribly long journey. Once she was born, it really got me down. I had to set off at 6:30am in the morning to get to my workplace for 8:30am and left work at 5pm to get home for 7pm. When I would come home, my daughter would be about to go to bed, leaving me the whole five minutes to spend with her. This really got to me, I have a daughter and I can barely see her due to having to travel so much for a workplace that doesn’t really appreciate how much work I put in to make them successful.

I got the finance director to one side for a small chat. This is when I explained that I barely see my daughter, I am travelling 4 hours a day and for near minimum wage, it really seemed like this place was not worth it for me. The only reason I am coming into your workplace is because of my daughter and that I need to provide for her. She took this in and replied with…

” Not many parents get to see their children”  & “Turn your negativity into positivity”

What? The parents that do not get to see their kids are the parents that are scooting about the country, earning £30,000+ and can provide a happy life for their children. Turning negativity into positivity, how do I turn the near depression of not being able to see my daughter into positivity?

This is when I decided enough is enough. I wrote up my resignation letter and happily handed it into my line manager. The following two weeks that I had to work their were the best two weeks of my work life every. No cares went through my mind of how the company is going to go in the future, the only care on my mind was how I am able to look after my daughter.

On the last day, they attempted to Blackmail me into saying. The same financial director that I said I was near depression approached me and said “How do you think this is going to make Emily ( My Daughter ) feel, you need to set a good example by showing her that you need to go to work and earn a living”. She’s three months old, not three years.

I left this workplace and went freelance for a few months and got a job in the middle of Leeds. The current job I have is the best of all the jobs I’ve had, the people are friendly, the work is different everyday and the workplace environment is brilliant.

To close, if you are considering to leave your job, if it is getting you down or making you feel depressed, get out. Ofcourse you will need to apply for jobs before leaving but if the job is something you don’t look forward too in the morning, you will need to get out. I  did and it was the best decision I ever made.

A Broken Britain

The title of this post was once used by a politician. The politician promised to fix the country that had fallen from what was once a glorious empire to a state of decay, a miserable example of what a country that once was the great power of planet Earth. This man is David Cameron.. Oh, the irony. Do not take this blog post of one with hate, this post is of my experience in the country, both being on the side of having a job and earning money to the side of near poverty. This is a tale from a British man who has come to despise the country he calls his own.

I’ve always been law abiding citizen for my entire life. I have never been one to attempt to break the law or even thought of it. I have walked the tightrope of being a model citizen and hopefully others would follow I thought. I passed school, went into higher education and worked hard for the grades that I got. I worked as an apprentice for a terrible £2.65 and I didn’t complain to the government and demand help. My upbringing taught me that you must work hard, study, and you will be rewarded with a job that with satisfy your dedication and passion for the craft you have honed your time and knowledge into.

I was rewarded with the job of a HTML developer. I loved the work that I was doing and I appreciated the job that I had received. I learnt a lot of new skills at this role and I developed as both a worker and as a person.

My partner was expecting our first child in August 2013 and we couldn’t be happier. Working two hours away from home was OK with me while my daughter was still in her mummy’s tummy and I believed that once she was born that it would stay the same.

It didn’t.

My daughter was slowly growing up and I didn’t see it. Travelling up to 5 hours a day started to cause a strain on my life as well as my relationship with my partner. I saw my daughter for five minutes a day and it started to hurt me. Depression crept in and it really started to affect me as a person and the work I did. I explained this to the workplace and they replied with the least humane reply possible. Anxiety from my past also came back into my life due to always being stressed. I went on to leave this workplace, stating depression and costs were making me worse and were leading me to a place where I didn’t want to be.

I stayed at home and started work as a freelance web developer and starting working for local community centers as a volunteer. I intended to get a job closer to home as soon as possible, doing anything, I didn’t mind, but in the mean time, A helping hand was needed.

I applied for Job Seekers Allowance. I want to state again, I didn’t intend to stay on JSA for years to come like many people do in todays age. I needed that little bit of help while I found a new job. I applied for Job Seekers Allowance and was denied.

I paid my tax and my national insurance for nearly two years and the government tells me that’s not enough. That they can not help me even though I have worked my backside off for the last 2 years.

“You haven’t contributed enough”

I haven’t contributed enough? What has the eastern European that has been in the country three months contributed to this country? What has the female immigrant with a family of nine who hasn’t worked one day in this country, contributed to the country? What has the thirty year old British male that left school at age twelve and not worked since contributed to the country?

Nothing.

Don’t take me as a racist for calling out immigrants or eastern Europeans. I’m the furthest away from the meaning of racist. I despise racists. They are the scum of the earth and all belog in a two mile deep cess pit.

 

I fought against the decision that they made and they told me there was nothing I could do to change this. I pay my taxes, and pay my national insurance to make sure that one day when I am in need, they is the possibility that they will help me out. This is not the case.

 

Just recently, my anxiety has got a lot worse due to the stress that it has caused me. I went to the doctors and they have checked me out and determined that I needed to be put back on the tablets that I was once on.

 

I went to the pharmacist and asked them about the prescription that I was just given. I explained that I have had no income for myself since the end of November 2013 and they didn’t care. They said I could either pay for it or leave.

 

The government that is here to care for it’s own doesn’t. I have experienced both sides of the coins. If you are employed, they will take money off you and claim it’s for tax and N.I but when you’re unemployed, they tell you that you’re not getting any help.

 

To me, that sounds like a very Broken Britain

New Year’s Resolutions – 2014

Every year everyone makes new years resolutions that they believe that they can stick to. Many do stick to the resolutions but some people create resolutions that they will not stick to or even attempt to stick to. I haven’t done a New Years Resolution in quite a while and I think that it would be a good year to start one. Here goes

Run More & Lose the weight – Run atleast 30 Miles a Month

I bought some running shoes in June last year with the intention to go running regularly. I did this for a while until the Winter months rolled and it became unbearable to go running in the cold conditions. I got to the point where I was able to run for miles without having a break and it felt great to get to that point. I plan to start of slow, get back to fitness and run at least 30 miles per month by mid 2014.

Join Basketball / American Football Team

Also links to the previous resolution. I’ve practiced with both the Yorkshire Rams and a local basketball teams but never got around to joining either of these clubs full time due to other things popping up. I intend to join one of these clubs and put in the best I can do, as an individual and as a team player.

Learn PHP & Javascript

As a web developer, I need to be the more versatile developer that I can possibly be.  By learning PHP and Javascript I will be a more versatile and will be able to create content that I haven’t been able to before by using the languages that aren’t able to do that.

Read more books

I’ve got a backlog of books that I need to read and I’ve never got round to it. Video games being a major distraction but I realize that you can get more out of reading a good book then you can a video game. It’s Free aswell!

Write More Blog & Start YouTube Channel

I want to start being a better blogger, both on WordPress, Tumblr and YouTube. I want to make videos on YouTube that are will hopefully help people with web design and development.

Write a short novel / novel

I know that this one will be the most challenging out of the new years resolutions that I have made. I am confident with my writing skills but to put them into action along side an idea for a novel, that’s a different level. I really have the urge to write a short story that will be published for free and will build on the feedback that I will get from it.

Learn how to draw ( Graphically )

I’ve never really had the best talent when it comes down to drawing. My attention span when it comes to drawing is terrible. I always find something to distract myself and I can draw quite good drawings when I put my mind to it. I’m going to learn how to transfer that skill over to the digital world using my graphics tablet and learn how to make professional and appealing web art!