Is that a challenge?

I have gained so much from weekly blog club, from Janet and other bloggers who have shown me the ropes, I wanted to use my turn at the helm to say thanks. > Thanks to you all. So, some 6 weeks ago I offered to cover Week 43 to give a little something back and give Janet a well earned break. And boy I bet she needed it after 25 posts last week.

My turn came round quick, and actually went quick too. I’d geared myself up for potentially tweeting from the wrong account and mis-posting links. I deliberately do not have my work twitter and personal accounts on the same mobiles for that reason. Fortunately, I coped without a mis-tweet and actually saw it’s quite doable to run multiple accounts from the same phone. However, there might have been a dodgy link somewhere, so apologies if there was. Any road, as they say in Yorkshire, I hope my stewardry was acceptable. And actually, I enjoyed the experience and ask in support of Janet that if anyone might be interested in helping out, then please tweet @weeklyblogclub or myself @philjewitt for a quick chat on what’s involved or see the About page.

One of the principles of weekly blog club is it’s for the readers as much as the writers. For those writers who needed the squidgiest deadline, apologies if it appeared a tad harsh on sticking to the extended deadline of 6pm on Thursday. As they also say in Yorkshire “tell it how it is earlydoors and ‘av dun, don’t give ‘em an inch else they’ll tek a mile”. We say a lot of stuff in Yorkshire! It was the only way I could guarantee a summary ready for weekend morning readers, and I know that’s a time when people like to dip in. To those who unfortunately missed the deadline this week, they will be included next week.

There were 15 posts in week 43; impressive, as I thought you might have blogged yourselves out in week 42. Thanks also to those who retweeted and liked or have commented so far.

I deliberately didn’t set a theme this week as I wanted to see what would come in, and set myself a challenge to see if I could find a common thread. You can be the judge.

The first post Shame about your face dad by Ross Wigham brightened up the start of a murky week. Ross provides a collection of the challenging questions that our little folk sometimes ask, mostly at the most inconvenient times. Where do they get them from?

A potential theme appeared early on as challenge was also the name of the game in Introducing camp camp by Paul Coxon. Paul questions whether the market for public sector unconferences is becoming saturated. Both Ross and Paul’s posts received great responses. It shows that discussion and debate can be created and maintained by posting interesting content and in responding.

Don’t know where was at the time by Richard Overy asks a challenging question too and So not a jolly by Phil Jewitt  reflects on the challenges facing the public sector in trying to engage and move towards a society of civic enterprise, where things will need to be done differently. The commission on the future of local government is something that those of you in the public and third sector especially should be aware of.

What is stop-motion animation anyway? by Louise Brown,  Instagram v Facebook – a socmed off for marketers by Janet Harkin and Consumer coverage can be yours by Sarah Hall were all posts explaining how the challenges of portraying sometimes complex data/products had been overcome using the different media of infographics, film and advertising.

We welcomed back Hannah Chia in week 43 with two posts; Sporting Summer Round Up and Lance Armstrong – A false hero. Both posts consider the challenges that sportsmen and women face in aiming to be the best and in being seen as role models, or not.

A Christmas Carol by Carol Woolley provides an insight into the challenge of practicing well before Xmas for the many festive musical concerts that she looks forward to being part of. On the other hand, Viva la vida! or Why I want you to get lost by Ben Whitehouse was a post about how he had succeeded in the challenge of finding a way to get away from it all, for some of the time anyway.

Thanks for coming by Andrew Jacobs was a cryptic look at the challenges that we face in learning experiences and A hiccup for the health check-up by Martin Brunet, via the Binscombe Doctor Blog, highlighted the challenges for the medical profession when politicians look to interpret scientific data.

So that leaves 2 posts to account for. The ‘ultimate challenge’. Posted by Martin Brunet, End of Life Care Pathway – Giving the Time to Choose What Matters was sensitively covered by Karen Jones, again via the Binscombe Doctor Blog. After reading this post, I think we will all have the same conclusion that what we chelp about is nowt compared to what some do in their daily work.

Finally, somewhere, a social media mojo has apparently been lost. Personally, I’m ‘avin none of it. Lost: Social Media Mojo is an honest explanation of the challenges facing us due to the cuts to local government. Kate Bentham describes what has temporarily knocked her off track, but all’s well that ends well as Kate shares a plan to get her back doing what she does best. It was good to see the twitterlove that wound its way to Shropshire.

And that is why we love weeklyblogclub.

Phil Jewitt

Summary of Week 43 posts

  1. Shame about your face dad by Ross Wigham
  2. Introducing camp camp by Paul Coxon
  3. Don’t know where was at the time by Richard Overy
  4. So not a jolly by Phil Jewitt
  5. What is stop-motion animation anyway? by Louise Brown
  6. Lost: Social Media Mojo by Kate Bentham
  7. Sporting Summer Round Up by Hannah Chia
  8. Consumer coverage can be yours by Sarah Hall
  9. A hiccup for the health check-up by Martin Brunet
  10. Thanks for coming by Andrew Jacobs
  11. A Christmas Carol by Carol Woolley
  12. Viva la vida! or Why I want you to get lost by Benji W
  13. End of Life Care Pathway – Giving the Time to Choose What Matters by Karen Jones posted by Martin Brunet via The Binscombe Doctor Blog
  14. Instagram v Facebook – a socmed off for marketers by Janet Harkin
  15. Lance Armstrong – A false hero by Hannah Chia

Comms guy and meaning maker, living in that place between personal and professional. Home is Leeds, Yorkshire. I work in communications for Leeds City Council, the 2nd largest council - with a lot to talk about and a lot to listen to. http://philjewitt.wordpress.com http://www.linkedin.com/pub/phil-jewitt/19/853/6b7 http://twitter.com/philjewitt

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