Walking on the wild side and seeing things differently

Apologies for the most tardy of weekly summaries to date for Week 46! Technical problems (broadband connection becoming very flaky and then the hub ceasing to work) on Monday and Tuesday added to the delays caused by visiting family and spending most of one day travelling back. When everything was working again and I had time, I found that there were 20 posts to finish blogging. I had not realised that we had had quite so many posts during Week 46 (strictly speaking, three of them came in on what should be Week 47 but I decided that they came under an Extra-Squidgy Deadline for Week 46). It is brilliant to have so many.

A couple of posts were prompted by Remembrance Sunday on 11th November (halfway through the blogging week): Samuel-James Wilson wrote about discovering what it is about and his reaction in Remembrance Sunday; and Stuart Mackintosh wrote a moving post about an old soldier who was his grandfather in Lest we forget.

Tradition is important to Carol Woolley, and she shared some of her family’s traditions in Traditions are important, and included photos of her latest needlework project to add to one of those traditions.

Derek Barron completed his advice to health service job applicants from his recruiter’s view of the interview process: Six tips for interview: Pt 2. This post is also well worth reading by professionals in other sectors. I have certainly had the experience of candidates not answering the questions asked, even when we have tried to lead them back to it gently.

Chris (@whatsthepont) challenged us with a question Is Best Practice the Enemy of Innovation? (especially in public service) this week. Change is always quite difficult,  and all the more so if current practice has been established for some time as best practice. Andrew Jacobs encouraged everybody to create presentations that look different from so many that we have all seen in training sessions or at conferences in his Week 46 post All Present! And correct.

In Scotland, Kerry Gilligan was thinking about Allied Health Professionals seeing things differently and learning to meet the challenge of working together in Partnership and Vision on the Ayrshire Health blog. In Wales, Dyfrig Williams focused on an exercise that is part of a consultation regarding social services and care, helping people to see I Matter, We Matter, and to say what they need to help them to do what matters most to them.

Hannah Chia always looks at sport in a way that’s different from other sports writers, and this week she included a photo of her nails painted blue (to support the Jebel Ali Dragons) to illustrate her post about a rugby match in Fourth Time’s the Charm for the Jebel Ali Dragons. Richard Overy concentrated on more masculine style of a bygone era in his picture post, Now that’s what I call a moustache, drawing attention to the month-long #Movember charity event.

Peter Olding challenged us to look at a Different Viewpoint in his post in which he considered how journalists report the same events differently in different countries. Lindsay wrote in Brew Music – Going grey with Gary and getting wrinkles with Robbie about how Radio One seems to see some of her favourite singers differently from her, apparently regarding some as too old and established to be played on the station. Having had to listen to Radio Two for an hour or two recently, I am very bemused as to where the over-30s are supposed to go to listen to music from the last two or three decades. Maybe the new Acting Director General of the BBC will shake things up? Jo Smith considered his background this week in A marketing man in charge at the BBC? Heavens!

Matt Murray revealed some facts that I had begun to suspect in Facebook pages – the pool party’s over (originally posted on the excellent comms2point0). His post is a must-read for anyone who uses Facebook. The metrics of social media often appear more dark arts than science. Kate Newhouse has been catching up with the first programme in the television series The Year the Town Hall Shrank and questioned the apparent lack of use of metrics, arguing in Beyond measure? for the need for decisions in local government to be based on facts.

This was the week in which I faced up to looking at my career differently and considered if I am At the end of the pier? I may well have to walk (well, hobble or limp) on a much wilder side if I cannot find paid work soon.

Kate Bentham took a walk on the wild side without stepping outside her front door when she invited in a stranger who had A blast from his past. Warning: this post ends on a cliffhanger!

Louise Brown has been Testing QR codes out in the wild (well, on land managed by the National Trust) and shared the experience in her post. Ross Wigham contributed a post he had written back in April, long before he joined Weekly Blog Club, about a campaign to keep Northumberland’s wild side looking wild and gorgeous in The power of love.

I hope that Janet Harkin’s My day in 10 pictures ( cute alert: very small child looking hopeful that mum can mend an over-loved broken toy) will inspire some of you to share one of your days with us in the same format. I am intending to do it myself.

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

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I hope you all have a good and productive week.


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 46 posts

Fourth Time’s the Charm for the Jebel Ali Dragons by Hannah Chia.

Lest we forget by Stuart Mackintosh.

Brew Music – Going grey with Gary and getting wrinkles with Robbie by Lindsay.

Remembrance Sunday by Samuel-James Wilson.

Six tips for interview: Pt 2 by Derek Barron.

Is Best Practice the Enemy of Innovation? by Chris (aka @whatsthepont).

All Present! And correct by Andrew Jacobs.

Beyond measure? by Kate Newhouse of BDO local gov.

Now that’s what I call a moustache by Richard Overy.

I Matter, We Matter by Dyfrig Williams of Participation Cymru.

A marketing man in charge at the BBC? Heavens! by Jo Smith of Vindicat PR.

Traditions are important by Carol Woolley.

A blast from his past by Kate Bentham.

My day in 10 pictures by Janet Harkin.

Partnership and Vision by Kerry Gilligan on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Different Viewpoint by Peter Olding.

Testing QR codes out in the wild by Louise Brown.

At the end of the pier? by Janet E Davis.

Facebook pages – the pool party’s over by Matt Murray.

The power of love by Ross Wigham.

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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