On this day a year ago, I sat in the dining room of my friend Martin’s house and tried to decode HTML! With a bit of encouragement and a lot of expertise on his part, we set up daddyjoeblogs.com and my blogging journey had begun.
135 posts later (over 1 every three days!), this online journal plays a key part in my life and I am so grateful to everyone who has helped get it up and running and for all those who have supported it!
Sophie’s come a long way since the first days of this blog. Back then, she was an utterly dependent, immobile, speechless beautiful little baby…
Now, she is a fiercely independent, tottering, babbling toddler who needs to be watched like a hawk and treated with the consideration due to a lady! Still beautiful, but fiery and determined with it!
Her thin, fine hair has grown and curled at the back (I’ve learned how to do hair grips!) and now, she is only allowed to wear Blackburn Rovers socks – nice and hidden apparently! – rather than the full on outfits she could wear when she was younger!
I’m still very much learning my trade as a father, and every new stage brings with it a whole new set of challenges to tackle. Just when you think you’ve got the hang of something, she meets another development milestone and everything changes.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Over the last twelve months, the blog has been accessed by people ranging from French Guiana to Macedonia and almost everywhere in between. I am grateful to Brazilians for how often they’ve visited the website and, believe or not, it is surprisingly popular in Senegal!
I’m looking forward to the next 12 months as Sophie heads towards the so-called “terrible twos”, Blackburn Rovers continue their standard and doomed quest for promotion and we find out more about who Jesus is and what he came to do!
Here are my top 5 favourite blog posts from the first year of daddyjoeblogs.com:
12 Weeks In: My very first post highlighted my experiences of fatherhood and launched me into the blogging sphere. I’ll always be pleased with this one!
Thanks: Giving thanks for Sophie was an incredibly special day where we had the chance to publicly praise God for his goodness to us.
Swimming: Sophie’s experiences swimming have made me smile – none more so than the very first time we took her in the pool!
The wise words of a mother: My wife finished maternity leave with some poignant reflections on her experiences in full time charge of Sophie
On Holiday: Our chance to head to Lanzarote with Sophie was not quite as lovely as we hoped it would be!