Storms, force and flowers

Thanks very much to Louise Brown who looked after Weekly Blog Club for Week 27, people contributed 17 posts, 5 or 6 more than we have had in the preceding few weeks. I should take a break more often!

Louise also wrote a lovely, illustrated post – West Wycombe’s Wild Flowers – that was published on the Chilterns National Trust Countryside blog. I am rather envious at the wealth of wild flowers there. Peter Olding blogged about the National Trust this week, and in National Trust followup revealed how he found a solution to the annual membership being rather too much to pay in one lump sum.

Hannah Chia and Irena Souroup both considered this week how women behave and are viewed. Hannah wrote about the issue of top tennis players’ prize money in Serena Williams & Maria Sharapova Do Women A Disservice. Irena thought that some women get paid far less than they should for essential work in Dusting a Living, and admired their noisy protest. In a second post this week, Irena thought that a young woman should be more positive about her unusual tallness in Lanky freak? Admire the View.

Andrew Beeken considered a different sort of viewing in The mystery of film ratings, especially how the type of content in films are viewed by young people, parents, and those who rate films. I remember censorship was the subject for a term in the film studies element of my first degree, and I still think that censorship and ratings issues are difficult.

A couple of really tough topics about aspects of public services were tackled in Week 27. The Who Cares Walsall, a blog about social care, gave an example of someone who finds it difficult or even impossible to accept help (brought a tear to my eye) in It takes strength to ask for help. Andy Wilson wrote about the use of force by the police, explaining the various factors that need to be considered and mentioning the difference between British and Australian approaches in Use of Force. Andy gave an unexpected example of a very elderly man posing a threat when one would have expected him to be a straightforward social care case.

Sasha Taylor’s first Weekly Blog Club blog was about Patrice Cloutier’s very useful Integrating social media into emergency management programs, considering the use of social media by emergency services, and worth reading by any organisation that might have to deal with a crisis or difficult situation.

Police were involved in organising Cornwall’s recent public sector social media conference. Matt Bond gave a paper at it, and shared what he gained from others in What I learnt from Cornwall’s first public sector social media conference.

Angela Tait wrote about using social media to spread the word about  the county of Northumberland’s delights to locals as well as tourists from farther afield in a guest post – Tourism gets social – this week on Ross Wigham’s blog. We used to say that Northumberland was Britain’s best kept secret – but no longer in a world with social media!

Still on a ‘counties using social media’ topic, Mark Braggins blogged about something that other county councils could find very useful to give some indication on how effective their social media use could be: Estimating Social Media usage within a geographic area. Kate Bentham revealed just how many social media accounts she has (or is it even more? read the comments too! I dare not try to count up how many accounts I have!) in Account Overload. I am looking forward to her using two of them to look after Weekly Blog Club for a week soon.

There were three posts about the rare type of storm that hit Tyneside at the beginning of the Weekly Blog Club week. Ross Wigham wrote an upbeat post with a really great song-referencing title and a good flooded street picture: Writers on the storm. I went for a more local musical reference in Storm on the Tyne (note for the young: refers to Fog on the Tyne) for my account of the storm. Having spotted that @GeneratorNE were putting together a playlist (see bottom of their newsletter for link to Storm in a T-Shirt on Spotify) to commemorate the event, I put together my Storm on the Tyne playlist to share with them, and they included some tracks in theirs. One week towards the end of the year, I think I will ask you all to contribute tracks to a Weekly Blog Club 2012 playlist.

Finally, but certainly not leastly, we had two ‘end of term reports’ this week. Phil Jewitt reflected on the first 6 months of his blog (glad you are still with us, Phil) in End of term report and decided to set up a new blog for pictures. Carolyne Mitchell reached her ‘end of term’ in coming to the end of her LGComms Future Leaders six-month course. She reflected on the highlights and what she had gained from it in Leading from the middle for now. Carolyne is having a great graduation season this summer, having also recently got her MSc.

Thank you again to Louise Brown for looking after Weekly Blog Club so brilliantly that we got more contributions this week than in the preceding few weeks! It was very strange to see Weekly Blog Club with a different person behind it for the first time, but I managed to relax and let Louise get on with it rather than feel at all anxious. I think that it is really interesting to get different ‘voices’ involved. I am looking forward to Kate Bentham taking over for a week next week, and then Mark Braggins will be Weekly Blog Club for a week in August. If any others would like to help, they are welcome. It is not necessary to take over for a whole week, and it is also extremely useful to retweet posts from your own Twitter accounts to spread news of new posts.

Thank you very much to all who participated in Week 27 of Weekly Blog Club, by reading, favouriting, commenting, or writing. The [entirely optional] theme for Week 28 (in honour of Wimbledon) is winners or losers.


Janet E Davis.

Week 27 Summary of posts

West Wycombe’s Wild Flowers by Louise Brown (on the Chilterns NT countryside blog)

Dusting a Living by Irena Souroup

The mystery of film ratings by Andrew Beeken

Serena Williams & Maria Sharapova Do Women A Disservice by Hannah Chia

End of term report by Phil Jewitt

Writers on the storm by Ross Wigham

What I learnt from Cornwall’s first public sector social media conference by Matt Bond

Account Overload by Kate Bentham

Integrating social media into emergency management programs by Sasha Taylor

Use of Force by Andy Wilson AKA Police Geek

Storm on the Tyne (with accompanying playlist) by Janet Davis

National Trust followup by Peter Olding

Tourism gets social by Angela Tait (A guest post on Ross Wigham‘s blog)

Lanky freak? Admire the View by Irena Souroup

It takes strength to ask for help by Who Cares Walsall

Leading from the middle for now by Carolyne Mitchell.

Estimating Social Media usage within a geographic area by Mark Braggins.


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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