Love, light and cake

Week 8 started on Valentine’s Day and brought in 22 contributions, some of which were actually on the week’s [entirely optional] theme of love (it is not often that people choose to contribute something that connects with the week’s theme).

Two of our contributors shared moving picture posts about beloved family members. Carol Woolley commemorated her mother in Memories of mum. I am sure that all the Weekly Blog Club members will be thinking supportively of Carol and her family.

Karen Hart celebrated a special 16-year-old’s birthday in Someone I love is 16 today. It is heartwarming to see that the graceful young lady in the most recent photographs has also had moments in her extreme youth of pouting and being gloriously messy.

John Patterson thought about a type of object from his childhood this week in The circuitry of my head as a result of doing a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about learning. His childhood object of choice was a computer (this will not come as a huge surprise if you have read his previous posts), and he combined that with DNA.

Chris Bolton looked to the past for a metaphor about today’s Internet in Jefferson’s Taper. A 200 year old perspective on the internet? (and his writing about candles and light put the ear worm ‘This Little Light of Mine’ into my head, so I shared a version by Bruce Springsteen) with you because everyone knows that ‘an ear worm shared is an ear worm halved’ – or something like that). Candles reminded me of my grandparents’ shop in the 1960s because the sign declared that it was a chandler’s and ironmonger’s. Richard Overy’s vintage photograph this week – Hazlewood & Dent Ironmongery & Tools – made me smile because it reminded me of the mysterious delights of saws and chisels, boxfuls of nails and screws,  the smell of pink paraffin and French marigolds.

Ben Whitehouse is catching up on A History of the World in 100 Objects and in his post this week – Makers make the world – appreciated people making things over the millennia. Samuel-James Wilson gave a glimpse of areas of Lincoln Cathedral that most of us would be unlikely ever to see as he went on a tour during his week’s placement there. There is a photograph of a great carving that should make most people smile as well as appreciate the skill that went into its making. Peter Olding was thinking about the makers of websites and revealed what he asks people who want the websites made to prioritise in Fast, Cheap, Good.

Peter’s other post this week was Chris Hulme, in which he mentioned his local by-election in Eastleigh, and questioned the appropriateness of illustrations to articles. Carolyne Mitchell was busy on Valentine’s Day this year as she officiated at a by-election in Scotland. She also shared a recipe for spicy squash soup in eCounts and eSentiment – Eezer Goode!

Meanwhile, elsewhere on t’InterWebs, Official Cake Monitor, Kate ‘Cake’ Bentham not only explained the social significance of cake, but also gave a recipe for a good basic sponge cake in Let them eat cake (do not read if you are hungry), to help those whom she exhorted to bring cakes to Comms Camp. It sounds as if Kate has got everything planned and under control. I wish I could go and take a cake or two.

There was a lot of focus this week on social web tools, including social media. Dyfrig Williams of Participation Cymru reported on his experience of looking after Weekly Blog Club in Weekly Blog Club. He brought in the innovation of an audio summary for Week 7. Thanks for doing a great job, Dyfrig, and we hope that you will do it again some time.

Kenny McDonald advised on using multiple social media channels in I love it when a plan comes together, with a useful list of 10 points to consider. I was thinking about reducing my channels as I thought about what to do with my Posterous blogs (Posterous is shutting down in a couple of months’ time), and realised that I also have far too many blogs in Never mind the blog posts.

It was good to see Dr Anne Marie Cunningham as the guest blogger on the Ayrshire Health blog this week, and as a first-time contributor to Weekly Blog Club. She was anticipating in her post being on a panel at a conference to discuss Social media and healthcare? Derek Barron considered the use of hashtags, the stats he got from hashtagged tweets at a medical conference, and what they indicate in Impressions and sharing #tags. Another person at a medical conference this week was Lesley Thomson who provided a very useful record of what was discussed in ‘Doing’ social media: Be brave. Be honest. Be human on the Scottish Public Sector Digital Group blog.

I was remembering a few hours when I was not sure that I was human but quite sure that I was not an alien in Quo vadis? It was the start of my life going off on an unexpected route.

Jane McIntyre has been finding things along her routes that would probably annoy most of us. Her provocatively-entitles post Wanna talk dirty…..? is light-hearted in approach but very serious about an environmental problem that is totally ‘Safe For Work.’

Louise Atkinson looked at the wider academic work landscape in Practice as research [Week 22] in the Artists Talking blog, and at how researchers  can connect with many other disciplines in a research network. Meanwhile, Hannah Chia decided that she would widen her support of rugby teams and explained her criteria for making this momentous choice in My Super XV Quest and My Super XV Quest Part Two: What’s in a Name? Hopefully, we will find out in Week 9 which team she has chosen and why.

As always, thank you very much to all those who have read, Liked, commented on, followed this blog (and our members’ blogs), tweeted and retweeted our posts as well as to those who have contributed posts. There are now about 179 followers of this blog – and those are apart from the people who hear about it through Twitter. If you want to join in, more about how to can be found on our About page. If you want to volunteer to look after Weekly Blog Club for a week, do have a read of what is involved in Admin Info. It does take time but the others who have tried it so far have always seemed to enjoy it.

Any suggestions for the [entirely optional] Week 9 theme are welcome. March is Women’s History Month* but that starts in our Week 10. My thoughts during the week will include planning of a more accessible (and, hopefully, more collaborative) website for a voluntary group, seeing things in black-and-white (difficult when I am used to thinking in full spectrum colour or, at least, many shades of grey). If you lack inspiration for creating a post this week (remember, they can be visual or audio posts too), tweet to us, and at least one person will probably be able to make a suggestion.

Let us hope that spring starts and that snow and ice disappear very soon.


Janet E Davis

*(if it were not so difficult to get images of art and design work that are not copyright, I would bombard you for a month with a series of posts on historical women artists and designers).

Summary of Week 8 posts

eCounts and eSentiment – Eezer Goode! by Carolyne Mitchell.

The circuitry of my head by John Patterson.

Jefferson’s Taper. A 200 year old perspective on the internet? by Chris Bolton.

Impressions and sharing #tags by Derek Barron.

My Super XV Quest by Hannah Chia.

Fast, Cheap, Good by Peter Olding.

Chris Hulme by Peter Olding.

Hazlewood & Dent Ironmongery & Tools by Richard Overy.

Weekly Blog Club by Dyfrig Williams.

Let them eat cake by Kate (‘Cake’) Bentham on the commscamp blog.

Lincoln Cathedral by Samuel-James Wilson.

Wanna talk dirty…..? by Jane McIntyre.

Social media and healthcare? by Anne Marie Cunningham on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Quo vadis? by Janet E Davis.

Practice as research [Week 22] by Louise Atkinson.

Never mind the blog posts by Janet E Davis.

Makers make the world by Ben Whitehouse.

I love it when a plan comes together by Kenny McDonald.

My Super XV Quest Part Two: What’s in a Name? by Hannah Chia.

‘Doing’ social media: Be brave. Be honest. Be human. by Lesley Thomson on the Scottish Public Sector Digital Group blog.

Someone I love is 16 today by Karen JK Hart.

Memories of mum by Carol Woolley.


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2 comments on “Love, light and cake
  1. Thanks, Janet. I have finished choking on coffee re my ‘graceful young lady’. She came home yesterday covered with pig poo after mucking out the sties on our city farm, singing a very offensive South Park song and demanding a pair of DMs: hurrah! I love thinking re this weekly post now and found myself drafting notes for next week in a hospital waiting room on Friday. And I am swiping ‘the smell of pink paraffin and French marigolds’ for a story: so evocative.,,,

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