Reflecting, reading, journeying

Thank you very much to Kate Bentham for volunteering to do an extra week of looking after Weekly Blog Club last week. I still have not sorted out my computer problems (and will remain slow to respond at best for a while), but thanks to Kate, I had a little more time to sort out my temporary emergency computer situation a bit more.

Fortunately for me, Week 41 has been a relatively quiet week for posts, although all of them have been too absorbing a read for me simply to skim-read.

Reflecting on work practices and life, the passing of time, and journeying in two slightly different senses, have featured strongly this week.

The temptation to use the analogy of a journey in a blog is always strong, but Phil Jewitt’s post this week – Journeyman – included a useful definition of a journeyman that should give us more reason to use such an analogy. He looked forward to the next 20 years at work rather than looking back on the past 25 years (his main analogy was a football one – unfortunately, I failed to understand much of that one – but I know lots of you will enjoy it). Carol Woolley told us more about My musical journey…as she returns to playing the clarinet after a gap of over 25 years. Benji Whitehouse thinks on and of actual journeys, and provided good suggestions for reading on journeys, specifically on commuting journeys, in  Stories to commute to.

Louise Brown went on a metaphorical and actual journey in the English countryside in West Wycombe wild food walk, and shared some of the knowledge they learned about edible plants. It is surprising what they managed to find in just one area.

Dan Slee has been blogging for three years. He started this post explosively and shared some of his experience and what he has learned about blogging in 12 tips: TIMELINE: 12 tips after three years of blogging… and some reflection. It was lovely to see quite a few names of Weekly Blog Club members in his post. Both experienced and novice bloggers should find his tips very useful.

Janet Harkin tweeted Andrew Jacobs’s post Reflecting on a presentation as a contribution, but I assume that she intended to tweet Andrew’s post 20 Years Ago that she quotes at the beginning of her blog post and both are well worth reading. So, Andrew Jacobs is now a Weekly Blog Club member (no coercion involved, of course, and one is a member even if one only posts once, and never again!). Andrew considers what he would have told himself about learning and development 20 years ago. Janet Harkin’s post reflects on   what has and has not changed over her 20 years in marketing in “It was 20 years ago today…” How marketing has changed. Her post not only left Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band playing in my head for the rest of the day, but also made me wonder how other professions have changed over the same period because of technological advances.

Kate Bentham put forward the Shropshire Family Information Service’s (her work’s) blog post this week, and it was pointing out parenting tips in the form of the most moving poem: When you thought I wasn’t looking. When you have wiped the moistness from the corner of your eye, it might be worth thinking about whether you could convey information in a more creative form. Not all work blogs will suit a more creative approach but, as Dan Slee proves week after week, even if you just add a well-chosen image to your post, it could grab readers’ attention more.

My own post – The Obsidian Abyss – was prompted by the theme of the World Health Organisation’s Mental Health Day this year: ‘Depression: a global crisis.’ I had thought that I might write something short on the subject for Week 42, but the WHO’s Mental Health Day fell in Week 41.

Austyn Snowden’s post Concordance restrained – a topic that affects all of us as patients as well as the clinical practitioners – was the first of a whole week of daily posts by various people on the Ayrshire Health blog. This means we already know that we will have lots of posts about various aspects of health for Week 42. It would be great if other Weekly Blog Clubbers took this as [the entirely optional] theme for the week. All of us who are not health or social care professionals use the system or have family or friends who do, so it is a relevant topic to all.

If healthcare does not appeal as the [entirely optional] topic, may I suggest Life, the Universe, and Everything as the alternative theme for Week 42?

If you want to join us by contributing a post, our About page tells you what you need to know about contributing (and note that “weekly” is an aim, not a requirement). Reading makes you as much a member as writing does.Thank you, as ever, to all who have read, Liked, and commented on posts as well as to those who contributed them. We got a record number of likes ever (so far) on 14th October.

Thanks again to Kate Bentham for helping out by doing an extra week of looking after Weekly Blog Club – and I hope to add some new pictures to our headers from the pictures contributed whilst she was in charge.

Have a good blogging week!


Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 41 posts

Reflecting on a presentation by Andrew Jacobs.

20 Years Ago by Andrew Jacobs.

West Wycombe wild food walk by Louise Brown on the Chilterns National Trust’s blog.

Journeyman by Phil Jewitt.

My musical journey… by Carol Woolley.

TIMELINE: 12 tips after three years of blogging… and some reflection by Dan Slee.

When you thought I wasn’t looking by Shropshire Family Information Service.

The Obsidian Abyss by Janet E Davis.

Concordance restrained by Austyn Snowden on the Ayrshire Health blog.

“It was 20 years ago today…” How marketing has changed by Janet Harkin.

Stories to commute to by Ben Whitehouse.


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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