Cockerels, comms, culture and cracking blog posts

It’s been me – @LouiseBrown – at the helm for week 36, giving Janet a well earned break. Thanks to everyone who submitted posts, we had a whopping 16 in all.

There was a distinct back-to-school feeling at the beginning of the week, with everyone easing slowly back in to their blogging, so I wasn’t expecting such a great response, well done everyone!

The first of the major themes that emerged this week was around seeing the web through the eyes of users. In “What questions do website users ask?”, Kevin Jump recalls the process his team took when redeveloping the Liverpool City Council website. By putting themselves in the mindset of potential visitors they could feed some useful insight into the site design and development. Stuart Mackintosh went straight to staff at Redcar and Cleveland council to find out how they wanted to receive their internal communications. He’s written up what happened in “Staff magazzzzzine or right riveting read?”. Phil Jewitt had an early morning twitter conversation with two NHS accounts, which reinforced for him just how important it is to have real people manning social media accounts. You can read more about that encounter in “Straight back at ya”. When Carolyne Mitchell’s parents sent her a text about smoke in their Spanish apartment it gave her first hand experience of emergency comms. In her post “When emergency comms and life collide” Carolyne tells us about the various social media channels she used to find out what was going on.

Two of the posts this week touched on the optional theme of heroes and heroines. In “A Policeman’s Prayer” Andy Wilson (AKA Police Geek) remembers colleagues that are no longer here. Paul Coxon has written about two very different types of heroes, but people that mean a lot to him all the same “That #ff thang #2 He Who Licketh the Skip”.

There were some posts I just couldn’t group by theme, other than in a theme of singular posts. First up from Irena Souroup, in “Multi Tasking Miller” she reflects on the all too predictable and disappointing look of Cameron’s reshuffled cabinet. Liz Azyan considers what opportunities open source brings to government “Impact of open source license in government”. Janet Harkin shares “My top 5 moments of CultureTECH”, the first festival of its kind in Derry. Mark Braggins shared another useful tool in “High vis for economic data”, this time the Observatory of Economic Complexity. The OEC is “a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange.” One of the Ayrshire Health bloggers Diane Murray looks at the fascinating concept of “Just culture” and how it can ultimately lead to better organisations.

We’re going to end week 36 with a little bit of reflection. Ross Wigham considers what is means to hit his thirty sixth birthday and everything he’s achieved up to this point “Thirty six”. Carol Woolley went “Singing in Brecon” and left feeling uplifted. Janet Davis has given us a blogging double whammy. First up she continues her marathon song challenge with “The songs of me part 5”. Her second photo post is one that doesn’t need words, just one strong image, the “Ouseburn cockerel”.

Our final post this week is also our optional theme for next (and perhaps a couple more after that). Kate Bentham has suggested “A weekly blog club photomarathon challenge”. So, readers and bloggers alike, we want you to send in some photos that sum up the key elements of WBC such as social media, friendship, storytelling and blogging. There are full details about how to enter in Kate’s post. So come of guys, get snapping!

If you think you can help out with being the blog club admin for a week then drop us a tweet and suggest a date. The admin runs from Sunday to Sunday.

Thanks again for all your posts, I’m handing back now to Janet. Over and out.


There is a full list of Wk36 submissions at


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