Oct 10

How am I driving?

This website turned one year old last week. So I thought I’d do a little stock take, see what’s working and so on. Find out what I can do more of, or better.

For that, I need your input.

So if you’d like to be involved, I’d love to hear a little about who you are and what brings you here. What are you interested in? What do you like or dislike? Does a specific topic bring you back? Did any particular post resonate with you?

And what am I missing? Is there anything you’d like me to cover or would like views on that I haven’t yet touched on?

Please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch directly via the little ‘contact’ section above. I’d love to hear from you and get your views, so that my little site becomes, well, still a little site but a better little site.

Thanks so much to all who have visited over the last year and especially those who have left comments (thanks Andy!) or who got in contact through other means. Questions, views etc. are always welcome, any time of year.

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It was a quick year but, wow, a lot has happened. At Monster Animation, we made Punky, a little show about a girl with Down Syndrome. I put my all into developing Cosmo and, with the help of some amazing talent, put together a presentation for the Cartoon Forum. I gave a talk for Pegbar on Creative Disobedience, the one common trait in all my career jumps. My father passed away, which kind of sucked and still sucks. I wrote some articles for the excellent parenting website, Dad.ie and one about princesses and the messages we send to girls really took hold. It’s clear that is an issue a lot of people care about, mothers and fathers alike.

And, through it all, I spent time with my two amazing little girls ‘ Daisy and Alice. They can wind me up something rotten and then make me double over with laughter. They inform what I do and always remind me how big a responsibility we have when we make anything for children. As I said in one of my earliest articles on this site, EVERYTHING is educational. I see that every single day with my girls.

Yes, a packed year in uncertain times. I enjoyed sharing some of my thoughts with all of you here on the site and I hope you enjoyed some of them too. Here are a few posts I particularly enjoyed getting out of my system and onto a (virtual) page:

Junk food and television: why we should be doing better.

The value of NO: the importance of saying ‘no’ and what it can do for you.

Are we really qualified to teach children?: on recognising what children often do better than us.

All screen time is not equal: the flaw in lumping all ‘screen time’ together.

“Daddy! I’m watching ads!”: children are targeted by ads. What can you do about it?

Thanks for popping by the site and, if you have the time, please do leave a comment or get in touch with feedback.

4 thoughts on “How am I driving?

  1. Andy Latham

    Hey Jay, happy 1st birthday!

    While I may not necessarily be the kind of person your blog is aimed at, I nevertheless find it one of the more interesting reads on the ‘blogosphere’. What makes it interesting for me is firstly the emphasis on the young audience your work primarily caters for. It is an area that I have little experience with, but they are an audience who I would like to make things for in the future.

    Hearing someone talk about audiences at all in fact is really good. So many people talk about making films etc for yourself, including the good people at Pixar. While I think there’s a lot of wise thinking there, I also like your point of view of considering who is going to be watching our work. I see film as a participation with an audience just as live performances are.

    Above all of this though, I like reading the thoughts of someone who loves what they do and who respects the people they both work with and produce stuff for. Those are the two most important things in my view and it’s great to see someone working away with both of them.

    All I’d ask for is more of the same. I learn something new from each post….what more can I ask than that?

    Here’s to the next year Jay :)

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  2. HK

    Hi Jason,
    I’m an aspiring children’s writer, thinking of going into picture books but caught some Fluffy Gardens which for me seems to have the best of both worlds. Lovely show by the way. ON the surface, it is like the type of stories we had when I was a child but with some extra fun added with the animation (and maybe deliberate nods for adults?). I’ve been reading your site because I know nothing about television and I don’t see many websites for kid’s TV writers?

    Anyway, was wondering if you might go into some tips for children’s writers looking to do that Fluffy Gardens thing where it’s like a story book for TV? Is it the same process? How do you break into it?
    Thanks in advance,
    HK.

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  3. Jay Post author

    Hi HK! Thanks for leaving a comment. There are so many different routes in and everyone seems to do things in their own way but I definitely do some posts on what worked for me and the methods I use. I can’t recommend them to everyone but you may find something useful that you could apply to your own way of doing things. I’ll put that on my to do list!

    Thanks for the input and the kind words about Fluffy Gardens!

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