The Untitled One

Hello lovely people, it is me, Kate Bentham standing in this week as guest curator. I have to say I’ve had a fabulous week reading all your blogs, there were 23 in total, so great to see the numbers still so high into week 10 of the second year. If you too want to have a good a week as I’ve had, why not think about volunteering to be a guest curator? All you need to know is here.

Anyway, now I’ve done my sales pitch, back to those blogs. It is currently Saturday night, and I am staring at the list of 23 blog titles listed below trying to find a theme, a thread, a commonality among the blogs, but I can’t. So, I’ve decided to hold a competition. I’m leaving this blog as The Untitled One, until you have read the blogs below, applied some of the imagination I am clearly lacking, and you suggest a more suitable title. There is of course a top* prize for the winning suggestion, but as we know it’s not the winning**, it’s the taking part, so do take part.

One of the key features of the blogs this week focused on women, with a couple of posts shared to celebrate International Women’s Day which was Friday 8th March 2013. Karen Hart’s blog Simply the Best for International Women’s Day introduced us to some of the amazing women volunteers who support the work of Stepney City Farm and who join Karen on the Communications Committee. In No Excuse for Domestic Abuse, Kate Bentham used International Women’s Day to announce a new role she has as a trustee for a charity which supports women and children affected by domestic abuse. Kate also shares some startling statistics. Also looking a gender this week is regular member Phil Jewitt. Phil attended CommsCamp13 recently and is Questioning Y not many women pitched a session. This has been in interesting debate to watch since CommsCamp13. Phil also uses his blog to look at good ideas, and questions, if it is such a good idea, why hasn’t it been taken forward already?

One of the Weekly Blog Club mantras is ‘a blog can be an image with a few sentences about it’ and this week we’ve had a couple of bloggers proving the point perfectly. First up is Janet Davis who takes us on an Urban walk February 2013. I’m a big fan of the walks which Janet shares with us; she sees some amazing images along the way, which others may miss. Another blog I am also fond of is the Lost and Found blog where Richard Overy shares historical photos. This week Richard shares a group of chaps with their bikes in Horndean 1935 – Cycled Aldershot to Weymouth.

We had a couple of How To blogs this week. The first was from Louise Brown with Google Alerts for charities. In this blog Louise shares information on how to use Google Alerts to listen to what the web is saying and to give information to support an organisation.  Jo Smith from Vindicat PR also offers some top tips on how to get the job you want without fluffing the interview,  You’re hired – if you can nail the interview is a useful read for anyone currently looking for their next employment opportunity. Kenny McDonald also shares his pain of remembering numerous passwords but offers some useful tips on how to keep passwords safe from the hackers in Name’s not down, you’re not getting in. In Engaged employees are happy employees by Carolyne Mitchell there are some useful tips and tool for internal collaboration and communication.

Ross Wigham blogs about how PR/Communications has changed over recent years, often sparked by budget cuts, but also technology developments. Ross shares the positive results this change has had for his organisation, whilst also looking at how further change is inevitable. Change. Adapt. Evolve. is a must read for anyone involved in comms or PR.

A warm welcome to Russell Todd who has contributed his first blog to weekly blog club in When Community Development becomes a pejorative term. Russell writes about two neighbourhoods and how one had significantly greater cohesion, solidarity and a sense of community – and yet this was a community considered in need of development. Russell looks at the important factor of social connectedness.

This week Lorna Prescott shares with us a review of a few chapters of a book she is supporting in getting published. The book is called Anarchists in the Boardroom by Liam Barrington-Bush. The book looks at how organisations can be ‘more like people’ and what they can learn from social media and technologies. 

I felt very privileged to be able to take a look behind the scenes at the restoration work going on at York Minster in Samuel-James Wilson’s blog. Samuel-James shares some really interesting photographs and also his knowledge of the work which is going on, work which he has previously been involved in.

There were some great blogs from healthcare professionals this week. One which was of particular interest to me was The challenges ahead for Improving Outcome for Children and Young People in this first blog written by Kath Evans. The blog looks at how professionals, parents, schools and the wider public all have a role to play in improving health for children. In

Whisper it: UK Cancer Care is Better Than We Think by Martin Brunet the issue of an over reliance on out of date statistics is considered. Finally in Creativity and its place in recovery by Derek Barron, Derek looks at how art and creativity can offer some therapy for those who suffer from mental illness.

I took lots of ideas from Information sharing and feedback – our February / March Participation Networks by Participation Cymru on activities for network meetings and group activities. This latest Participation Cymru network meeting looked at Information Sharing and also feedback.

A heart-warming story in  Place and time by Phil Jewitt who was in the right place at the right time to help an elderly and distressed lady to be reunited with her worried family, and thereby proving that Phil is the good egg we knew him to be.

Another good story this week is from Rough Cat in Happily Mourning the Death of a Car where we hear the story of a Ford Focus who has gone for recycling after developing one costly repair after another.

A great blog from Chris Bolton this week not only about polishing shoes but on memories a routine can evoke, how rituals makes us think about our possessions and how the smallest of tasks can show how much we care for our loved ones. Rituals, routines and how to polish shoes  is a great read.

A couple of our regular contributors shared blogs on hobbies and interests this week,  in Vegetable growing is go by Louise Brown Louise has read the books, ordered the seeds and is now ready to get planting. Peter Olding shares Looking for aircraft in France, Ireland and Portsmouth Harbour about his hobby of aircraft spotting and considered how technology might help.

And finally I loved seeing the Scottish Health Monthly blog, Settling in – Scottish healthcare blogs in February. This blog curates the best healthcare blogs of the month and posts them in a handy summary blog – I wonder if this idea will ever catch on…

So, have you thought of a suitable title for this summary, if you don’t hurry up I’ll end up*** eating the curly wurly myself.

Anyway that’s it from me, go do great things this week, and then write a blog about it. I’m doing something totally random on Monday, which I’ll blog about, so maybe that can be the completely optional theme for this week – randomness.  If you’re a first timer to Weekly Blog Club you can find out how to join in here, or tweet one of us and we’ll be happy to support you. I’m handing back to the amazing and inspiring Janet Davis now, but will see you again in a few weeks.

Kate Bentham

*a curly wurly

** it is the winning, there’s a curly wurly at stake for goodness sake!

*** I’ve eaten it already.

  1. Information sharing and feedback – our February / March Participation Networks by Participation Cymru
  2. Questioning Y by Phil Jewitt
  3. No Excuse for Domestic Abuse by Kate Bentham
  4. Simply the Best for International Women’s Day by Karen Hart
  5. Looking for aircraft in France, Ireland and Portsmouth Harbour by Peter Olding
  6. You’re hired – if you can nail the interview by Jo Smith from Vindicat PR 
  7. Place and time | between personal and professional by Phil Jewitt
  8. Engaged employees are happy employees by Carolyne Mitchell 
  9. Name’s not down, you’re not getting in by Kenny McDonald
  10. Urban walk February 2013 by Janet Davis
  11. Horndean 1935 – Cycled Aldershot to Weymouth by Richard Overy
  12. The challenges ahead for Improving Outcome for Children and Young People by Kath Evans
  13. Rituals, routines and how to polish shoes by Chris Bolton
  14. Vegetable growing is go by Louise Brown
  15. Google Alerts for charities by Louise Brown
  16. York Minster by Samuel-James Wilson
  17. Settling in – Scottish healthcare blogs in February on the Scottish Health Monthly 
  18. Whisper it: UK Cancer Care is Better Than We Think by Martin Brunet 
  19. When Community Development becomes a pejorative term by Russell Todd
  20. Creativity and its place in recovery by Derek Barron
  21. Anarchists in the Boardroom by Lorna Prescott
  22. Happily Mourning the Death of a Car by Rough Cat aka @Llama_Rockette
  23. Change. Adapt. Evolve. by Ross Wigham
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Working in local gov, managing a frontline service for families. I love Shropshire, love family and love information and blog about all three. There is also the occasional mention of cake and caek.

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