Dancing, dragons, danger – and just doing it

Although there are fewer posts to read this week (15 rather than last week’s 22), they are all, as ever, well worth reading. The (always optional) theme for Week 11 was women because the Weekly Blog Club week happened to start on International Women’s Day. Another main theme that emerged during the week was ‘just doing it’ – people sharing with us something that they had done for their community or friends, or for themselves instead of expecting others to do it for them.

Hannah Chia started the week with dragons, wasps and princes with her posts on a rugby match – Dragons 2s v Wasps 2s: Pseudo Match Report – and Prince Harry doing sporty things to connect with people: The Sporting Prince: Harry Charms on Diamond Jubilee Tour. Later in the week, she wrote about some footballers doing that thing where they roll about on the ground in agony one moment and look fine the next (with some great illustrations of such events): Naughty, Naughty Didier Drogba.

More sport nearly happened in Phil Jewitt’s post, but his plans being thwarted led to a thought-provoking post about aspirations to quality, especially for the public sector: More than a mission statement. Interesting ideas about public services and their use of digital technology came out of Matt Murray’s post about GovCamp Queensland: #GovCampQld – thoughts, people, tweets and links. Those who have attended UKGovCamp, ScotGovCamp or one of the LocalGovcamps in the UK will probably find Matt’s post a fascinating read.

In Wind turbines for dummies* Peter McClymont wrote about some of the issues that the most local of local authorities (parish councils) face when looking at planning applications, including not having the resources to obtain the impartial expert advice they need.

Others shared knowledge and advice freely this week, or wrote about having done so. Louise Brown shared a useful infographic about the new Facebook timeline style page that many will find useful: Understanding the new Facebook Page timelines for charities. Peter Olding gave an example of helping someone else to share information online in Taking back the Big Society. Those thinking of blogging or just starting to blog, could find Kate Bentham’s post, reflecting on her first weeks of blogging, encouraging and useful: A blog about blogging. Rob Stewart advised on how to avert the danger of one’s blog being insecure when using wifi in public places: Blogging securely with WordPress and SSL Part one. His post could help both new and experienced bloggers.

I hope that the other Weekly Blog Club writers will forgive me for picking out John Patterson’s post as the ‘must-read’ post of the week. From the comments by others that I have seen so far, I think many would agree that John’s post should inspire the rest of us to just do it, rather than hesitate and procrastinate: Train-ing to overcome.

Someone else with a great deal of determination wrote about getting on with doing it herself. Diane Sims produced Saving Newsome Mills (part two): The day the sun came out as her Week 11 post. Hopefully, there is at least one more part to this heritage story.

Irena Souroup wrote about her determined efforts to do handicrafts whilst on maternity leave in order to set herself goals, create a product, no matter how difficult and fiddly the process: The Smugness of Knitters.

Janet Harkin had content from a guest on her blog this week. In honour of International Women’s Day, she shared two lovely poems, one about being a woman, and one about watching a daughter dance: Lipstick by Mel Bradley and Chloe by Mel Bradley.

I was hoping to write a post about one historical woman whose life I am researching, but I ran out of time to write it (or anything else) in Week 11. Women’s History Month does not end until 31st March, however. To make amends for not writing a post this week, I offer you a link to a post I wrote a while ago about other women (some of you may have seen it before): World War 2: 1 woman.

Any ideas for the Week 12 (entirely optional) theme? Please add to comments on this post if you have suggestions. Tweet out if you want inspiration during the week and the Links – useful page has not led to anything that prompted a good idea. Someone usually responds within an hour or so with suggestions. My topic this week is likely to be about cultural data, or selling art, since I need to think about both of those this week.

Thank you again to the readers as well as writers. It is great to see more people ‘liking’ posts and following the blog. If you are someone thinking of writing, do check out the About page for how – and then just do it – write.


Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 11 posts

Dragons 2s v Wasps 2s: Pseudo Match Report by Hannah Chia.

The Sporting Prince: Harry Charms on Diamond Jubilee Tour by  Hannah Chia.

Understanding the new Facebook Page timelines for charities  by Louise Brown.

Saving Newsome Mills (part two): The day the sun came out by  Diane Sims.

Lipstick by Mel Bradley (guest post on Janet Harkin‘s blog).

Chloe by Mel Bradley (guest post on Janet Harkin‘s blog).

More than a mission statement by Phil Jewitt.

#GovCampQld – thoughts, people, tweets and links by  Matt Murray.

Taking back the Big Society by  Peter Olding.

Naughty, Naughty Didier Drogba by Hannah Chia.

Wind turbines for dummies* by Peter McClymont.

A blog about blogging by Kate Bentham.

Train-ing to overcome by  John Patterson.

Blogging securely with WordPress and SSL Part one by Rob Stewart.

The Smugness of Knitters by  Irena Souroup.

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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