Michael J Day
why am i here?
It all started when my late father bought me a BBC Micro computer. As I explain in more detail this led to me creating and developing a website about a F1 Grand Prix driver born out of my enthusiasm for motorsport.
In the 20 years since that first site I have developed my website skills and knowledge using various platforms, and widened my expertise into the application of social media as a means to reach and engage with a wider audience.
Finally, I thought it was time I had my own website which is why you find me here.
What are my values?
The creation, design, and management of websites, with the integration of social media, is my passion because it enables communication, the sharing of knowledge and making a connection with people. I don’t like to overcomplicating things, and although building a website can seem daunting it’s really not.
I am somewhat naive in thinking the best of social media - the ability it has to democratise opinion and creativity - even though the worst is there to be seen on a daily basis. People are responsible for the best and the worst, not the platform itself.
Personally my values centre around honesty and simplicity. The world is complicated enough without me adding another layer of complication. What you see is what you get. I don’t like to shout, preferring to work quietly and diligently in the background enabling and facilitating. I’m quiet through a lack of confidence, not because I have nothing to say, and I value those who recognise this rather than just listen to the loudest in the room.
What’s different about me?
I care about what I do, sometimes too deeply, and I always try my utmost to do the best for those who value my skills and experience and want to use them to benefit their aims or organisation. When building a website my first thought is not design, style or imagery, it is the person who will take the trouble to find it, seek it out and use it. There’s no point having a site with all the bells, whistles and options if the content is not accessible and communicated well.
I also have something called Kallmann syndrome which makes me fairly unique because just I am one in about 50,000 people who do. It took many years before I could put a label on the condition and know exactly what it was, and even now, when mentioning it to a GP or nurse, the reaction is “what’s that, I’ve never heard of it”.