Number patterns, wombling and truth

Week 17 was a light week for contributions to Weekly Blog Club but they are all a great read. You will have more time to read, appreciate and respond to most or all of the 9 posts, which cover a variety of topics. This could have been the week for a theme of numbers: 3 of the first 4 posts contained numbers, and the first contained a word that means a number. It was a coincidence…I think.

Matt Bond got the blogging week off to a cracking start with a refreshingly frank account of a tough fortnight in council comms: A fortnight of Social Media: The really good, and the wheelie bad. The county council changed bin collections across the whole county, and the changes did not go as smoothly as planned. This meant that a lot more people suddenly wanted to communicate with their council. Read how they coped with the situation and add your experience or advice. The truth about how difficult situations are resolved can really help others.

Kate Bentham will also be looking for people to participate in the new blog that is being launched as part of the 12th anniversary of her council’s FIS (Family Information Service). Her post – #WeAre12 A Social Media Campaign – covers how they use social media, and indicates that a Curly Wurly (other confectionery is available at shops) could be posted to blog participants.

Writing about blogging was the central focus of Lesley Thomson’s post this week: The first rule of weeklyblogclub… She shares what benefits she gets from the activity. If you want further information about participating in Weekly Blog Club (it is really simple), have a quick read also of our About page whilst I go out shopping for a suitable Evil Mastermind’s Lair.

Diane Sims wrote about an event this week that was all about participating – and it was for a blog (Growing Newsome) which is all about participating in local community activities centred on growing food. The wonderful title Wild Food Wombling gives a very good idea of what they did: learning about foraging for food in the countryside. It is amazing what foods turn out to be edible. There is also an extremely useful clarification on the legal aspects of foraging. Coincidentally, one of the chefs on The Great British Menu this week had used some very unusual foraged ingredients. Apparently, Douglas firs (presumably the foliage), and gorse flowers are edible.

Irena Souroup, who in a previous post enthused about cheese and bread from the land that invented cuisine, considered another aspect of French life this week. She wrote about the candidates for the French presidency in poetic form in Interlude Poetique Politique. I do admire those who can express themselves in poetry. I think I stopped trying to write poetry upon leaving school, but it has been one of my favourite things.

Phil Jewitt shared his favourite number with us this week in 47 not out, and how it has featured in his life thus far, picking up on previous topics involving toy cars and sport (Phil’s post is also our Weekly Blog Club Sports section this week). Hopefully, it will be a great year for him now that he has turned 47.

After hosting guests on her blog during the past couple of weeks, Janet Harkin wrote in it herself this week. Her post – 28 ways to make a telephone – was a delightful glimpse of a child’s imagination, and a plea for people to hang on to some imagination as they grow up. Weekly Blog Club posts indicate that imagination might remain lurking under the surface of many adults.

Bridget McKenzie and I are looking for imaginative people’s suggestions about how alternative, low-energy big public spectacles for night and dark day events. We had a discussion on Twitter. Bridget set up a Pinterest Board, and I blogged about it in Eco-light night spectaculars. We are convinced that there are more possibilities than the ones we have found so far. It may be that some hi-tech engineering that we have not yet seen offers some interesting possibilities, or there could be a low tech approach that has not occurred to us. Do feel free to send either of us links that we could add to the board.

A place that can excite the imagination is Northumberland. Maybe you could try foraging in its wide landscapes? If you want to see what it looks like, try watching the television series Vera – a detective series with the main protagonist named Vera (derived from the Latin word for truth in this case). In Screen time: welcoming Vera, Ross Wigham reveals that it is not by accident that such television series get made in a specific area. Ross explains the benefits to the county of having its stunning scenery shown off to the world* – and what events they are putting in to accompany the series.

Thank you very much to all the readers as well as writers this week. It is lovely to see how many are following the blog and ‘Like’ posts, and great to have the support of lovely tweeter-bloggers such as @comms2point0 and @WeLoveLocalGov. I will do a summary of latest stats next week.

We already have some Week 18 contributions and promises of at least 1 more so far. The (entirely optional) theme this week could be weddings to commemorate regular contributor Louise Brown’s wedding today (Louise is, rather reluctantly, taking a blogging break until after her honeymoon – and I’m sure all readers and writers wish her a happy marriage). Another couple of possibilities for the (entirely optional theme) could be the weather – April has certainly had plenty of weather – or May Day traditions.


Janet E Davis.

*I may be a little biased. If you ever want me to blog about how gorgeous Northumberland is, just say the word…

PS Advisory: cake as well as the occasional Curly Wurly may be mentioned in the posts listed.

Summary of Week 17 posts

A fortnight of Social Media: The really good, and the wheelie bad by  Matt Bond.

#WeAre12 A Social Media Campaign by Kate Bentham.

28 ways to make a telephone by Janet Harkin.

47 not out by Phil Jewitt.

Interlude Poetique Politique by Irena Souroup.

The first rule of weeklyblogclub… by Lesley Thomson.

Wild Food Wombling by Diane Sims.

Eco-light night spectaculars by Janet E Davis.

Screen time: welcoming Vera by Ross Wigham.

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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