Remembering, renewal & revitalising

Thank you very much to Kate Bentham for offering to take over at the last minute last weekend to do the Week 44 posts and summary when I was without a computer earlier than I thought I would be (I’ve borrowed another computer till next ). Kate did a brilliant job, as always.

Week 45 of Weekly Blog Club brought in 14 posts (and, at the time of writing, we already have 4 posts for Week 46) on a wide variety of topics that I struggled a bit to see the connections to make between them for this summary.

Summary day for Week 45 coincided with Remembrance Day. Sarah Hall looked back to the origins of the Poppy Appeal, how it is perceived now, and looked forward at how it could be revitalised and update the way it communicates its message to the public in her post Has the Poppy Appeal had its day?

Richard Overy shared an image from a more distant time and place in the smart Los Angeles Cowboy. It would be interesting if any readers with knowledge of historical North American fashion or photography could give any information about this portrait. It was a professional portrait and the subject seems to be wearing his best clothes and hat.
Back in the England in present day, Louise Brown shared pictures of the fruits that she and her husband have foraged this autumn, and what they have made with them in Settling in for the winter with a jar of jelly and a bottle of sloe gin. I swear I could smell the crab apple jelly looking at those photos.

Sarah Hall wrote about the importance for companies and organisations in having the best and most appropriate pictures to promote themselves in Capturing the perfect pic. Sometimes it seems as if everyone with a DSLR camera and photo editing software thinks that s/he is able to take a great photograph, but there is a big difference between a nice snap and a great photo by a professional photographer with a good eye for composition and an understanding of the subject.

Andrew Jacobs shows that he has an understanding of his current state of health in his contribution this week, Features vs Benefits, but is at that stage of getting restless because he cannot get back to normal fast enough. I am sure that all of us who have been through serious illness or injuries will recognise this state, and that those who were used to pushing themselves probably too much will especially empathise.

Another health-related post from the regular Ayrshire Health blog reflected on an initiative for Allied Health Professionals. Aileen Fyfe considered the Realising Potential action plan in Perhaps ….. maybe …, and explained that it is the “first national document in Scotland providing a vision around the contribution of Allied Health professionals working as partners in supporting the recovery of people working towards better mental health and well-being.”

An aspect of health professionals’ work life that can apply to other professions was tackled by Derek Barron this week in Six hints for interview: Pt 1. I recognised some of the issues from when I have been involved in recruiting in cultural heritage.

Peter Olding highlighted another aspect of public sector work in his post this week: National Adoption Week . He makes some very interesting points about how important this is and why we should care about it.

First-time contributor, Dave McKenna, joined Weekly Blog Club with two contributions relating to local government: Pop Up Local Democracy, ideas about holding short events where people gather to do other things in order to engage them in local democracy. His second post includes a lovely mention of Weekly Blog Club: 53. Local Government BlogClubs. Dave and others who have joined us more recently might like to read posts about how Weekly Blog Club started (almost by accident) in 2012 – the start by Janet E Davis, Setting up the Weekly Blog Club, and The Fear by Sarah Lay You can see how Dan Slee‘s good suggestion evolved into what we have now. Dan Slee himself has contributed some of the most popular posts to Weekly Blog Club.

I have wondered if it might do something similar to Weekly Blog Club on more local lines. I was particularly interested in the talks at one of the North East tech community’s regular meetings:  SuperMondays Oct 2012 – Local & Hyperlocal. After hearing the experience and views of professional journalists currently engaged in such online news services or magazines, there were a lot of thoughts whirling round my head, especially regarding the possible different approacheds to online local and hyperlocal publications.

Ross Wigham also focused on the North East in his post for Week 45 – Land of the rising sun (colliery) – looking at the present landscape and thinking about its coal mining past before wondering what the future might bring. The North East has so much potential, has achieved so much in revitalising areas where industry declined, and has so many people who are so passionate about it, that it will create new opportunities in the future.

The increase in car ownership and the way in which they have become the normal mode of transport for many has changed the design and layout of roads in recent decades. Naomi Kendall wrote about how she and her family are living without a car Wheels – and, so far, it seems to be working well for them. I remember when it was more normal, especially in rural areas, for people to travel by bicycle, buses or trains for any distances greater than they could walk.

Finally, Carol Woolley was looking ahead to Christmas as she learns the new music that her choir will be singing, and shared with us a video of a lovely piece in her Week 45 post, Something old, something new…...

As I was about halfway through writing this post, I got my laptop back, mended, which should mean that it will be a bit easier to get the posts for Weekly Blog Club done than it has been for the past few weeks. It would still be good to see some volunteers for people to look after Weekly Blog Club now and then later in November or December (or even January – I do think that we might make it through to our first anniversary!). Information about what is involved is on the Admin info page, and you can suggest a week (or even weeks) that you could do on the Who looks after Weekly Blog Club when page.

As ever, thank you very much to all those who have read, Liked, followed, and tweeted about Weekly Blog Club – you really are as much part of the club as those who write. Thank you very much to all who wrote something this week – it was a wonderfully varied set of posts to read. Anyone can join in on any week – do read the About page (freshly revised and expanded a little this week to cover some of the frequently asked questions).

I am tempted to suggest rain or rural life as the [entirely optional] topic for Week 46, but I will restrain myself. Any suggestions are welcome.


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 45 posts

Has the Poppy Appeal had its day? by Sarah Hall.

Capturing the perfect pic by Sarah Hall.

Something old, something new….. by Carol Woolley.

Six hints for interview: Pt 1 by Derek Barron.

Features vs Benefits by Andrew Jacobs.

Land of the rising sun (colliery) by Ross Wigham.

Los Angeles Cowboy by Richard Overy.

SuperMondays Oct 2012 – Local & Hyperlocal by Janet E Davis.

National Adoption Week by Peter Olding.

Pop Up Local Democracy by Dave McKenna.

Settling in for the winter with a jar of jelly and a bottle of sloe gin by Louise Brown.

Perhaps ….. maybe … by Aileen Fyfe on the Ayrshire Health blog.

53. Local Government BlogClubs by Dave McKenna.

Wheels by Naomi on The Minimal List.

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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