From bacon butties to supernovae and beyond

Hubble Unveils a Galaxy in Living Color

Hubble Unveils a Galaxy in Living Color. NASA Commons.

I am a little wary of using superlatives, especially early on in a project or new thing. I am a Northerner. We are born with laconic understatement hard-wired into our brains. The posts contributed to Week 2 of Weekly Blog Club came close to short-circuiting that understatement hard-wiring in my head. It was a bit more than ‘quite good.’

The topics were varied and the authors’ voices were refreshingly distinct. The spread of posts through the week provided something interesting to read at regular intervals. We already happened to have collated some evidence of why social media is a good thing for individuals and for public and charitable or voluntary organisations. The Weekly Blog Club only started to encourage people to write regularly and help develop their ‘voice’ in a (hopefully) a mutually supportive environment, but what people write can also help to help others.

More people have said that they would like to contribute posts. I hope they pluck up courage or find time to write something this week. Between us, we can provide some help with setting up new blogs if anyone needs it (I have a bad habit of setting up new blogs on different platforms, with the excuse that it enables me to help others if I have some practical experience). If you want inspiration for starting to blog, try

1) just telling us a bit about who you are, why you want to blog, and what prompted you to participate in #WeeklyBlogClub;

2) sharing 2 or 3 links to websites with us and telling us why you think those websites are worth a look;

3) sharing 1 or 2 pictures with us and tell us something about why you have chosen those pictures (making sure you have asked the copyright owners’ permission if they are not yours, or Commons or Creative Commons images, of course).

4) writing something in response to someone else’s contribution to #WeeklyBlogClub.

Dan Slee started Week 2 off with a splendid post about what he knew about India (cricket was mentioned, just a bit). I think that it must have resonated with quite a few readers. Mark Braggins shared an interesting history of barbers and their cutting edge technology, whilst first-timer Phil Jewitt considered the sometimes rather thorny question of people in the public sector blogging in their own time as themselves.

Janet Harkin provided useful advice to job seekers that made me contemplate whether I have done such things in the past, and prompted memories of applications I have seen when recruiting. Then we had not just food for thought but bacon butties from Tony Holdich as he told us how social media tools have been useful to his organisation. Sarah Lay raised the spectre of how local authorities might justify the use of social media tools if the software companies started charging for them.

Diane Sims ( aka @72prufrocks) went from atoms to supernovae and nearly blew apart my northern conditioning for understatement. It was a first personal blog post that left many of us very eager to read more.

Ian Curwen wrote about something many of us will have tried and admire him for doing: starting the new year with the determination to live a healthier life. Louise Brown blogged, via her mobile for the first time, about software designed to give children a fun experience in creating animations (but is actually stealth-learning). I felt quite disturbed by the break in the little blue man’s arm (I loved Morph when I was young).

Kelly Quigley-Hicks wrote about the current debate in the public relations world about what public relations is. At least some of us will have thought that it was all about “Lacroix, darling” and Bolly, darling?” I remember that one of the most splendidly-suited and confident women whom I have met in heritage was a public relations person. Now I understand that it is more about communication than designer clothes and enviable élan. Peter Olding also focused on communication and wondered about opening up his own social media world to connect with people from elsewhere in the world and who have different interests and views.

Kate Bentham’s first post was about the ‘patient’s’ view of the social media surgery experience. This was a valuable insight (I have never been to such an event but have wondered if I should help to do some in my area). Last, but not least, was Peter McClymont’s post that started with what could have been a discussion in a social media surgery, and went on to consider the value of dialogue in the public sector context.

This has been an amazing second week: fourteen posts, and each one well worth reading.  Thank you to all who contributed and supported by reading and tweeting about the Weekly Blog Club. What will Week 3 bring?



Summary of Week 2 posts

Guest Post: What I know about India « raven writes…. by Dan Slee.

Something for the weekend, Sir? by markbraggins.

Coming up Roses – Created Expectations. by Phil Jewitt.

What job seekers ought to know about writing. by Janet Harkin.

The write way « Janet E Davis.

Inspire Bradford: It Started with a Bacon Butty by Tony Holdich, CEO of Newlands Community Association.

Show me the money by Sarah Lay.

The end of Uncertainty? by 72 Prufrocks (aka Diane Sims).

The only man in the room: Firsts and lasts by Ian Curwen.

You can animate!  by Louise Brown.

So, what do you do then? Defining PR by Kelly Quigley-Hicks

Twitter bringing the world together? by Peter Olding.

Social Media Surgeries – A Patient’s Perspective by Kate Bentham.

No love for teh WordPress? by Peter McClymont (aka @iamadonut)


Weekly Blog Club was set up in early January 2012 to encourage people to blog regularly, and especially to encourage those working in and with the public sector, charities and voluntary organisations in the UK to find their own 'voice' through writing.

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