The Week That Was: 2016/49

That was a big week, that was. My only offspring turned 10. Double digits. A stark reminder of a whole decade passing in the proverbial blink of an eye.

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While I recall that day as clearly as yesterday, it is worth pausing to remember what the world she entered into (or at least the one I've chosen to work in) looked like.

There was no iPhone. Facebook had stopped being exclusively for college students less than three months previously and nobody had heard of Twitter. Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Yik Yak, Spotify and Tumblr were little more than twinkles in their founders' eyes. And it would be another four years before I raised the first round of investment for Blipfoto—which of course changed my life almost completely.

My generation is lucky to have grown up in a world before all this interconnectedness, but still be here to enjoy its benefits. So I hope there's no contradiction in the fact I steer my own child away from all the stuff which I immerse myself in a significant percentage of the time. When I do let her loose on it, I hope her understanding and appreciation of the real world will help her get as much out of it as I do.