Flotillas, cookies, and big ideas

Advance warning: I may have to mention the ‘D J’ term in this summary.

Week 23 of Weekly Blog Club was an unsummery one outdoors, which is all the more reason for having things to read whilst the wind lashes the rain against the window (we do not recommend trying to read on portable digital devices whilst out in storms).

Mark Braggins reminded us of the glorious warm weather (albeit interspersed with sea fogs) back in May in the first part of his account of his Orkney adventure (to attend Island GovCamp): Northern (High) Lights Pt1. It prompted me to share a set of snapshots of a walk in a city centre not quite so far North on a very warm May day: Urban snapshots on a spring day.

I would like to share such snapshots, complete with location data, ‘live’ as I walk. For safety reasons, I have location sharing switched off on my iPod camera. I was very interested to read how Matt Murray had found a way of putting geo-tags into photographs’ metadata after the event: Reverse geotagging smartphone photos on iPhone with Koredoko. Rob Stewart also had an interesting idea relating to photography in Five ways to encourage participants to cover your event on social media – offer prizes for best photographs. That sounds a very good idea.

Sharing views and getting different perspectives on social media were topics in several posts this week. Phil Jewitt considered communication in a social media context in Staring us in the face to face. Lesley Thomson looked specifically at civil servants using social media and shared her own guidelines for how she, as a civil servant, uses social media in This time its personal. Carolyne Mitchell was also writing about the use of social media in a public sector work environment this week. She proposed the topic for the next #tartantm (Tartan TweetMeet) in Protecting your social media assets, looking at how public services move forward at this stage in using social media.

Kate Bentham was considering the way forward after Shropshire Family Information Service’s #WeAre12 A Social Media Campaign. She is now starting plan The next big idea which will involve video and photographs to tell parents via social media what they want to know about childcare provision.

Irena Souroup was looking forward to the BBC showing and telling her what she wanted to know about the Diamond Jubilee events but her expectations were not quite met. It is entirely possible that a fair few of those who watched the coverage on television will nod in agreement as they read her Distinctly Vanilla Flotilla post.

The smell (but not metaphor) of vanilla wafts out fragrantly from the title of Louise Brown’s post for Week 23. After three weeks of honeymoon, she launched back into the deep end of blogging with Cookie law tools and resources. This is a very useful summary of current information about, and survey of tools available relating to, the new Cookie Law. It could be relevant to all of us who have websites.

Finally, à propos to nothing, I tried crowd-sourcing a subject for a lino print that I am hoping to make, and rambled on a bit about ways of thinking in Linear thinking. At the time of writing, nobody has suggested any subjects for the first print, and suggestions are still welcome.

Have I left any posts out in the excitement of a super-wet double Bank Holiday? If so, just tweet me @WeeklyBlogClub and I will remedy as fast as possible. Thank you, as usual, to all the lovely people who take the time to read, comment on and favourite the Weekly Blog Club contributors’ posts (do read Phil Jewitt’s post this week which considers the importance of reading and commenting). Thank you to the writers for another week of interesting and informative reading matter.

Does a blog post on the Internet have meaning if nobody reads it? Someone recently wondered out loud on Twitter whether they should continue to write blog posts when they only got 300 views for their most read post. I laughed. Sometimes, I count myself lucky to get 10 views on a post. I do consider whether it is worth it and have sometimes considered giving up, but then I get a comment out of the blue. I find that I have connected with someone, given them a new way of looking at something, or a piece of information they needed, or reassurance that they were not the only ones to think a certain way about something. It makes it worth the time and effort.

So, onward into Week 24! The About page tells you what you need to know about contributing if you want to contribute for the first time. Blogs can be short as well as long. They can be a caption with a picture or two, or two or three links with a couple of sentences with each on why they are useful, or a length of prose.

Any suggestions for the [entirely optional] theme for Week 24? Floods or storms, metaphorical or actual? How does your garden grow in inclement weather? I know I ought to suggest sport since that is the major theme in the UK this summer, but there is so much coverage on television stretching into an infinity at present…


Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 23 posts

Reverse geotagging smartphone photos on iPhone with Koredoko
by Matt Murray.

Distinctly Vanilla Flotilla by Irena Souroup.

Northern (High) Lights Pt1 by  Mark Braggins.

Urban snapshots on a spring day by Janet E Davis.

Cookie law tools and resources by Louise Brown.

Staring us in the face to face by Phil Jewitt.

The next big idea by Kate Bentham.

Five ways to encourage participants to cover your event on social media by Rob Stewart.

Protecting your social media assets by Carolyne Mitchell.

This time its personal by Lesley Thomson.

Linear thinking by Janet E Davis.

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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2 comments on “Flotillas, cookies, and big ideas
  1. markbraggins says:

    “Does a blog post on the Internet have meaning if nobody reads it?”
    I wonder if blogging might be likened to art? A blog post could remain unread for ages, and then get discovered and become widely read and crowed-over.

    With my own blogging, I didn’t set out to be an event reporter, but have found that I’ve blogged about quite a few events recently. I hope each time that people will find them useful, but my fallback is knowing that it helps jog my own memory.

    • I think that it’s really useful to have accounts of conferences and unconferences because it gives everyone a chance to find out what is happening beyond where they can get, and learn from others’ experiences and knowledge.

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