Picturing the everyday and questioning

Pictures, social technology, questions and questioning featured quite a lot in this week’s posts.

The [entirely optional] theme for Week 48 was My Day in 10 Pics (or #mydayin10pics). Janet Harkin had initiated this theme, and we had a few this week. Andrew Jacobs was not convinced that his photographs would be good enough for such a post but we eventually persuaded him to try and he came up with #mydayin10pics.

Derek Barron had very tempting looking coffee and cakes (he assured us that he had resisted the cakes) in his post: Picture this #dayin10pics. Helen Blunden contributed My Day in 10 Pics – or 7… but reading about the temperature in Melbourne that day, I think she can be excused 3 photographs on the grounds of the heat being too exhausting!

There were also photographs in Carol Woolley’s post Welly wet weather in Wolverley which showed the flooded fields after the previous weekend heavy rains that affected the UK badly.

Samuel-James Wilson illustrated with photos his account of his first week of learning about stonemasonry: Fairhaven & Woods – Week 1. He describes the experience vividly.

Richard Overy used another vintage portrait of a gentleman with moustache to draw attention to #Movember: Coiffed Hair and Mo to Match. Well done to Richard and his colleagues for raising £400 or more for the charities concerned with prostate and testicular cancer.

There was a focus on connecting people through the use of social web tools (including social media) in several posts. Phil Jewitt wrote a final post on his first blog as he contemplated his new role at work, looking at social media strategy and how it can help the council become a more social organisation: Switching from missiles to guns. Further North, Stuart Mackintosh and his colleagues have been trying to foster more of a sense of community and Christmas cheer (and to encourage people into the town centre) through using social media: Light fantastic. It is an interesting example of a council using free tools to connect with people.

Simon Hope shared his council’s experience of using Yammer, a free social media tool, as a method of internal communications in Yammer – don’t worry about it, just do it. It seems that some people start doing their own wider level of team building if given a basic tool to communicate across the entire organisation. The same sort of issues regarding keeping people informed and sorting out meetings comes up in other organisations, including charities. in Using technology to be better trustees, Louise Brown had some very good suggestions of suitable tools (Dropbox could be a good alternative to Google Drive).

There were quite a few questions being asked this week. Martin Brunet questioned the aims set by the politicians that lead to results that seem to go against common sense in The Drive to Improve 5 Year Cancer Survival – an NHS Priority, or Political Folly? There also some big questions in Elaine Hunter’s post – Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) can do … – on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Phil Jewitt asked the fundamental question this week: Who are you? Specifically, do you include a Twitter account in your work email signature? If so, do you use a personal or departmental/service’s more generic account? Phil would like to know. Chris Bolton questioned the usefulness of experts in Experts are great……. you just have to keep them in their box. I think it depends on the expert as to how useful they are (we see so many people claiming to be an “expert” in social media when they have barely tweeted 100 times).

Hooray! There’s still 27 PR days till Christmas (actually, less than that by the time of posting this) but quite a lot of Jo Smith’s advice could help businesses at other times of year too. I rather expect that people might write more about Christmas during the next two or three weeks, including the experience of being with family. Jane McIntyre wrote a lovely blog post about rather unexpectedly finding an adult child returning to live with them in And then there were four. Again.

I did not get a post completed this week (I have one very nearly finished post about medical images, and a barely started one but lots of pictures for one about a local open studios event) because I had to focus on a job application – but I did post some pictures that I took in the gloom of early evening (capturing some effects of latest flooding) and then bright light the next day. I created a separate set of all the scaffolding photographs taken on those two occasions. I like really dense scaffolding structures.

Phil Jewitt is taking over Week 49 of Weekly Blog Club, so you will need to have your posts ready more promptly since his deadlines are not as squidgy. Remember that the actual deadline, set by Dan Slee at the beginning of Weekly Blog Club, is midday on Thursdays!

Thank you very much to those who wrote and photographed for posts this week. Thank you very much also 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.  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).

If you would like to volunteer to look after Weekly Blog Club. there is 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.

Take care in the icy weather. Now over to Phil…


Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 48 posts

Switching from missiles to guns by Phil Jewitt.

Light fantastic by Stuart Mackintosh.

Welly wet weather in Wolverley by Carol Woolley.

Yammer – don’t worry about it, just do it by Simon Hope.

Hooray! There’s still 27 PR days till Christmas by Jo Smith of Vindicat PR.

Using technology to be better trustees by Louise Brown.

Fairhaven & Woods – Week 1 by Samuel-James Wilson.

Coiffed Hair and Mo to Match  by Richard Overy.

#mydayin10pics by Andrew Jacobs.

Picture this #dayin10pics by Derek Barron.

Who are you? by Phil Jewitt.

The Drive to Improve 5 Year Cancer Survival – an NHS Priority, or Political Folly? by Martin Brunet.

Experts are great……. you just have to keep them in their box by Chris Bolton.

And then there were four. Again by Jane McIntyre on Shropshire Family Information Service blog.

My Day in 10 Pics – or 7… by Helen Blunden.

Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) can do …  by Elaine Hunter on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Phase 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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