Challenging habits, challenging thoughts

At first I thought that the Week 38 contributions to Weekly Blog Club were so diverse that I would have problems in finding any common threads through any of them. Then I put together the summary list, and I suddenly saw them all of them as having one theme: challenges.

Firstly, the post that proved too much of a challenge for me to find it in the Weekly Blog Club tweet stream when I was doing the Week 37 summary*: Paul Coxon’s Because the Drugs Legislation Don’t Work. Paul challenged the idea that making some drugs illegal helps to stop deaths and the problems that are associated with taking those drugs. My apologies to Paul for not seeing it then.

Irena Souroup challenged the idea that a woman should deserve to have private moments on holiday splashed all over the pages of magazines and newspapers just because of her husband’s status: Topless Sunbathing? How Very Eighties… Kate Bentham’s contribution to Weekly Blog Club was an interview with a young woman who has faced, and still faces, the challenge of being not just a first-time mother but also a young mother: Being a Young Mum.

If you are relatively new to Weekly Blog Club, you may not have read one of Ian Curwen’s posts yet. He had not blogged for a while but returned in Week 38 with two blog posts: Hello? and The third and final challenge. It is great to welcome back Ian who has contributed two posts about three physical challenges. The physical challenge of flying back over a fence was nearly too much for one little duck in The little duck and the Tamworth pigs in my own Week 38 post.

Louise Brown was involved in running a workshop this week that aimed to prove to charities that open data is not too much of a challenge for them in It’s easy to open data and here’s how to start. Dan Slee told a story from England’s history of a man who faced a fierce challenge at work that did prove too much in bad day? spare a thought for england’s first pr man. Think of that guy, and the day in the office that looked tough might be put into perspective.

Geoff Huggins wrote Telegrams from the WHO in Oslo. As the Who’s ‘Who Are You?’ played in my head, I realised that as this was the Ayrshire Health blog, the WHO in this case was the World Health Organisation. He was there for consultations on two mental health action plans. I found it interesting that people discuss targets for improving mental health at a world-wide level. It must be one area of health that is affected more than most by cultural attitudes. Look out for the fascinating detail about where the event was held.

Ross Wigham and his colleagues went off to somewhere remote enough for neither mobile signal nor wifi and he wrote about The importance of time offline. It is worth noting that the picture illustrating his post is not rural Northumberland but a view he captured from Fiji. Finally, Carol Woolley tackled another topic in Kate Bentham’s Photomarathon challenge, and shared more of her local area’s heritage, with us in Photochallenge #2 A view from a platform…. (Carol’s picture should appear in the header soon).

It would be great to see more entries for Kate’s challenge – more details in A Weekly Blog Club Photomarathon Challenge. It would be great to see more pictures from more people next week. Since it seems a shame to see just a narrow strip of pictures in the header picture format, if we get more pictures in, I will create a gallery post to enable you to see the whole pictures together.

We will be having a health special in a couple of weeks’ time. Ayrshire Health is giving a taster in Week 39 with their first double post week, but then there will be a week of several posts on different aspects of healthcare work. It would be great if other Weekly Blog Club contributors could come up with posts on the theme of health (the theme is, as ever, entirely optional) that tackle issues from different angles (I might write one about historical artists and mental health). I suggest that this could be a major (entirely optional) theme for Weeks 39, 40 and 41.

New contributors are always welcome. We try to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for blogging. Someone usually responds quite quickly if anyone expresses difficulty with writing something. Our About page tells you what you need to know about contributing (and note that “weekly” is an aim, not a requirement). Thank you, as ever, to all who have read, Liked, and commented on posts as well as to those who contributed them. Reading makes you as much a member as writing does.

Lovely Kate Bentham is taking over this week. I am already looking forward to her summary of this week’s posts.


Janet E Davis.

*please be aware that it is not always possible to see all a week’s hashtagged tweets when Twitter throws a wobbly), but mentioning @WeeklyBlogClub will usually keep the tweets visible when searching tweets.

Summary of Week 38 posts

Because the Drugs Legislation Don’t Work by Paul Coxon.

Topless Sunbathing? How Very Eighties… by Irena Souroup.

Photochallenge #2 A view from a platform…. by Carol Woolley.

Hello? by Ian Curwen.

The third and final challenge by Ian Curwen.

The importance of time offline by Ross Wigham.

Being a Young Mum by Kate Bentham for the Shropshire Family Information Service’s blog.

The little duck and the Tamworth pigs by Janet E Davis.

Telegrams from the WHO in Oslo by Geoff Huggins on the Ayrshire Health blog.

bad day? spare a thought for england’s first pr man by Dan Slee on the comms2point0 blog.

It’s easy to open data and here’s how to start by Louise Brown.

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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