Rites of passage and other special events

Not quite as many posts for Week 30 as Week 29’s massive 20, but a very respectable 15 contributions. This is probably just as well as I am getting used to the different scrolling  after upgrading my operating system by 3 upgrades in 2 steps last night. It felt like a rite of passage to do those upgrades. Rites of passage was the (entirely optional) theme for Week 30, and was overtly evident in one of the contributions and implicit in a couple of others. It turned out to be a good theme, not least as the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday night had elements of national rites of passage during the past three centuries and, best of all, was about people.

The Week 30 posts split in half into work-related or digital technology advice posts, and holiday-related or the more personal and people-focused.

Work-related or digital technology advice posts

Andy Wilson shared The Best Kept Secret in Scottish Policing this week (and I am not going to give it away here, so you will have to read his post to find out). Louise Brown and her husband have been looking at coding to help open up information on a National Trust estate to those with the right mobile technology in Opening up our little bit of the world with QR codes. Matt Murray wrote some really useful advice about how to share pictures with geographical information via mobile technology and the Web in Mapping geotagged smartphone photos with Flickr.

Where is Europe’s deepest mine and 6th most romantic place on Earth for a marraige proposal? Stuart Mackintosh answered these questions (and they might surprise you) in Value added facts…, and explained how his local authority has tackled the issue of internal communications and came up with an award-winning approach.

Dan Slee had good advice for many workplaces in JUST RELAX: 7 ways to approach new social media platforms, whilst John Patterson thought about how to catch the ephemeral communications in Eventalyser: Social Media Event Capture. I must admit that I had visions of people leaping around the Web with big butterfly nets, trying to catch the tweets, Facebook updates, Flickr sets etc before they fluttered off into oblivion.

Mark Braggins and Sasha Taylor wrote a post together again (published on #lgovsm website) about Unconferences: Good, Bad or Ugly? I think that the local and national GovCamps can seem intimidating at first (I still have a problem in the speaking-up-to-suggest-a-session thing) but work well. I would love to see more people from different types of roles and services in these – and I still want a culture-focused one in Newcastle upon Tyne/Tyneside (but since I am the only one at present, this one is unlikely). The MuseumCamp is a great idea, but I would like to see more arts and culture people at the main GovCamps because they have a lot to contribute to the discussions.

Holiday-related or more personal and people-focused posts

Dan Slee’s post on the comms2point0 blog – Are we happy or angry? A survey of what 1,393 tweets say about the London Olympics build-up – could be regarded as the half-work, half-people-focused post as he looked at social media for getting an idea about how people felt about the Olympics before they started. This is something that could be used for issues or events closely relating to an organisation or company.

Richard Overy shared a photograph of an event that was special enough to be recorded visually but about which he has no information. Can you guess what happened on 23rd September 1929? Carol Woolley was thinking about events over time in her personal musical history in Musical Milestones, and is brave enough to share a picture from a school production of My Fair Lady when she was resplendent in pink. Ben Whitehouse was the Weekly Blog Club member who most overtly tackled the (entirely optional) Week 30 theme of ‘rites of passage’ in #weeklyblogclub My favourite rites of passage and what they say about me. He came up with a couple of unexpected ones and some interesting thoughts about them, and how the individual and their community fit together or not.

Phil Jewitt’s post both continued the previous week’s family theme and fitted with Week 30’s (entirely optional) ‘rites of passage’ theme. As a father, he is approaching the rite of passage of eldest child first going away to university and living away from home for the first time. He wrote about an unexpected and unsought adventure on their holiday and how it has helped him to be Contented. Janet Harkin was also remembering a chilly adventure that she would rather not have had as she went on holiday with her family back to her home area in Homeward bound (I have had the Simon and Garfunkel song playing in my head ever since Janet submitted her post).

The Shropshire Family Information Service shared a really useful list of suggestions of things to do with children during the summer holidays in Low Cost Family Fun. I remember making tents, bicycle rides, imagining the garden as an exotic jungle, making things with paper and card, and visits to museums during summer holidays of my childhood.

Finally, I asked a question: Time to consider weeklyblogclub evolution? A few have responded in the comments already, but it would be good to hear the views of more of you. If you missed it, I also wrote a small aside post with a few new statistics about Weekly Blog Club.

Week 31’s (entirely optional) theme is Olympics or sports or ceremonies or special events, but do (as ever) write about what you want. If you get stuck with writer’s block, tweet us. If you want to participate as a writer, new contributors are always warmly welcomed and our About page tells you what you need to know about contributing. Those who read, comment on, and ‘Like’ posts are also highly appreciated and are a crucial part of Weekly Blog Club. Thank you to all writers, readers, and commenters.


Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 30 posts

Mapping geotagged smartphone photos with Flickr by Matt Murray.

Time to consider weeklyblogclub evolution? by Janet E Davis.

JUST RELAX: 7 ways to approach new social media platforms by Dan Slee.

23rd September 1929 by Richard Overy.

Unconferences: Good, Bad or Ugly? by Mark Braggins and Sasha Taylor on #logovsm website.

Musical Milestones by Carol Woolley.

Value added facts… by Stuart Mackintosh.

Homeward bound by Janet Harkin.

#weeklyblogclub My favourite rites of passage and what they say about me by Ben Whitehouse.

Contented by Phil Jewitt.

Opening up our little bit of the world with QR codes by Louise Brown.

Are we happy or angry? A survey of what 1,393 tweets say about the London Olympics build-up by Dan Slee on the comms2point0 blog.

The Best Kept Secret in Scottish Policing by Andy Wilson aka Police Geek.

Low Cost Family Fun by Shropshire Family Information Service.

Eventalyser: Social Media Event Capture by John Patterson.

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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