Who are you?
The immortal question, one that much cleverer philosophers than I have been wrestling with for millennia… Who am I? What am I doing here?
Well I suppose who I am is relatively easy: I am Justin Wheeler.
What am I doing here is much harder…
Bruce Wayne in Batman begins stated “It’s not who I am underneath… but what I do… that defines me.” Whilst I enjoyed the movie and the line obviously stuck with me I don’t want what I do to define me. Elsewhere on the web I came across this: “You are more than what you do. Your title should not confine you and your job does not define you,” and this seems to me to be a much more accurate idea, but still doesn’t tell you what I am doing here.
So let’s give you a bit more background:
I grew up in Shropshire outside a lovely little town called Ludlow where I had a pretty idyllic and fortunate childhood. When I was 18 I moved to London and stayed there until my late 30’s when as part of an early midlife crisis I decided I had had enough of England and wanted to live somewhere else so I moved to the North of Peru.
I currently live in Trujillo, a city in the North of Peru. It is known as the Capital of the Everlasting Spring, which is rather nice as England where I was born and grew up is more famous for lots and lots of rain!
As a rather nice twist of fate I discovered after moving here that Peruvian Independence Day happens to be on my birthday. As I get older and more people, except on Facebook, forget that it is my birthday, it is nice to feel that the entire country is celebrating for me… 😉
Prior to moving here I had been a small time publisher, had a short military career, worked in mail order, public relations and film production, and lost most of my money in an ill-fated restaurant venture.
Since moving here I started to work from home on the internet, which was pretty different to what I had been doing before. Initially I started by offering web design and development services through my company Vashon Media and after a year or so we added in Social Media management.
I am now proud to offer Social Media Consulting, Web Development and hosting to companies from as far afield as Thailand to Spain, although with a majority based out of the UK. In addition over time I started selling my own WordPress plugins that we had developed either for our own use or for our clients and more recently I have started creating more training. You can see some of the various products I sell through my products page.
Outside of work, I love travel, cooking, backgammon, horses my friends and family.
And there you have a brief description of me, but I am not sure how good an answer I have done defining me.
So what am I doing here, on this blog?
I originally bought this domain quite a long time ago to get myself a personal non business related email address and for quite a long time it was purely used as an email address. I have over the years periodically decided I should start blogging regularly, but have never really got round to it.
More recently I have committed to writing something every day – now what I write may not always make it to this blog – but sometimes it will.
In addition you can find some of my travel blogs from my drive across India in a Rickshaw and my drive from London to Mongolia in a 2CV, some other travel related thoughts, a little bit of cooking, some photos and a random and eclectic mix of other things…
I hope you like it.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I look forward to getting to know you better.