Facing up, photography, fun and fit

There were 14 excellent posts in Week 16 of Weekly Blog Club. The topics ranged from people facing up to tough decisions to fun and games, with photography and social media for work in between.

Another first-time contributor to Weekly Blog Club, Serena McCrossan was a guest on Janet Harkin’s blog and made the tough decision to tell the story of how she thought that she had failed one time: Business failure is never fatal – a story of bravery. Actually, she told the story of how she succeeded: firstly, in creating a business whilst still studying full-time for her degree and having a young child to look after; secondly, of how she succeeded again after the recession hit her business.

Ian Curwen had Blogged off? and was back again this week, explaining first what he had been doing. was searching for a suitable analogy after deciding that a switch was unsuitable in Analogy time. His two posts tell a story of facing up to tough truths and a determination to make the setback temporary and to continue towards his goals.

Irena Souroup faced up to making a tough decision about which candidate might be her best choice for Mayor of London. Her Week 16 post La Isla Benita is an entertaining analysis of the options.

The power of storytelling is something that both Phil Jewitt and Diane Sims understand better than most. Phil explained how his role of Storyteller worked with the Scrum Master as he was introduced to the agile method of project management in Now that’s a proper scrum, and still agile too Part 1 and Once upon a time… my introduction to Scrum Agile Part 2. Diane wrote about one of the stories of the past in her post – The Titanic: it’s not the watch, it’s the story – and how it had become a strand in her own story and helped her to understand that the story is key.

The potential of technology in our everyday lives as learning tools was on John Patterson’s mind in Diamond Books and Turquoise Daze. I thought of John’s post when listening to a talk about the psychological evidence that should guide good digital design. One message came out very strongly: how hard-wired the human brain is to focusing on another human face. It made me wonder whether that is why a lecture or presentation that I’ve seen delivered live sticks in my mind better than seeing it on screen or just reading the content of it. Would an interactive portable digital device ever be enough?

Social media was quite a strong theme in Week 16 with three posts focused on it. Ross Wigham thought about the changes in technology in his lifetime (and shared some retro-Geordiness) in No hiding place. Louise Brown responded at greater length to a Twitter discussion in which she had participated: How would you tell someone to get started with social media?  Kate Bentham provided a very useful (and amusing in the right places) A-to-Z of social media, specifically how it relates to her service in a local authority: S is for ShropCamp (caek/cake may have been mentioned).

Both Matts wrote about popular photography that combines with social media. Matt Bond covered what apps he uses on his iPhone for creating, editing and sharing both moving and still images: What’s on my iPhone: Film and Photo (both beginners and the experienced could find something useful in it). Matt Murray had made a prediction at the beginning of the year that the very popular photography app Instagram would grow a lot, but in his Week 16 post – Instagram – the rise of a mobile giant – he had to revise his estimate for Instagram’s success this year. He also explains why Instagram is popular with those who use it.

Finally, for this week’s sports page, Peter McClymont remembered some more pre-video era table top sports games, some functioning more as fun games to play than others, in Only a game: ballbearings and pucks.

I was too busy taking photographs at DIBI 2012 and then editing them to write a proper blog post this week, but you are welcome to look at the pictures (I will be blogging in words about the event). There are six sets, all beginning with ‘DIBI 2012’).

Does anyone have a good idea for the [as ever, entirely optional] Week 17 theme? My mind will be on catching up with blogging about CultureCode, DIBI 2012; and about the idea circulating that DCMS (Department of Culture, Media and Sport) should cease to exist. I hesitate to suggest a theme of considering what your idea of culture is and how important or unimportant it is to you.

Looking how the brambles in my garden have grown so much and so rapidly during the past few days when we had rain (and sleet, and hail), perhaps the theme should be ‘growth.’ I swear I could see the wretched things grow as I watched.

Thank you very much to all the readers as well as writers. This week, we received our 200th ‘like’ on this blog. It is lovely to see that people appreciate what our wonderful Weekly Blog Club members write.

Have a good week of writing and reading!


Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 16 posts

Diamond Books and Turqoise Daze by John Patterson.

Now that’s a proper scrum, and still agile too Part 1 by  Phil Jewitt.

What’s on my iPhone: Film and Photo by Matt Bond.

Blogged off? by  Ian Curwen.

La Isla Benita by  Irena Souroup.

No hiding place by Ross Wigham.

The Titanic: it’s not the watch, it’s the story by Diane Sims.

S is for ShropCamp by Kate Bentham.

Once upon a time… my introduction to Scrum Agile Part 2 by Phil Jewitt.

Instagram – the rise of a mobile giant by Matt Murray.

Business failure is never fatal – a story of bravery by Serena McCrossan on Janet Harkin‘s blog.

Analogy time by Ian Curwen.

Only a game: ballbearings and pucks by  Peter McClymont.

How would you tell someone to get started with social media? by Louise Brown.

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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