Blogging, babies and Dambusters

Hello lovely bloggers, yes Kate Bentham again, curating week 21 blogs. You’ve been busy this week with some great blogs; I’ve enjoyed reading every one of them. You really are a talented bunch. Give yourselves a pat on and back, and have a slice of cake.

There were 11 blogs submitted this week, which again is lower numbers than we have been used to seeing, but we are prepared for a dip in blogs as the nice weather finally appears and people are out and about more, but if you spot something interesting whilst you are out and about, why not write a blog about it? #justsaying

The fabulous Janet Davis has written a great blog for anyone thinking about blogging, but who might not know how to go about it. In Blogging for beginners part 1 Janet shares her skills, knowledge and experience to help others get started. I know that if it wasn’t for Janet setting up the mighty fine Weekly Blog Club, I wouldn’t have started blogging – I wonder how many of you that’s the same for?

Ross Wigham has also been supporting others to blog, offering 2 guest posts this week on his bog. The first is Costume drama by Liz Ritson. Liz blogs about an exhibition of well known and loved costumes which have appeared in film and television and for which the costume designer received either a BAFTA, Oscar or a nomination. It is hoped that through the exhibition the skills of the costume designers will be recognised and appreciated.

The second post on Ross’s blog is by Maria Loupa and called Local market lovin’ looking at the national Love Your Local Market campaign. This campaign is to encourage new market traders and celebrate markets being at the heart of local communities.

We’re delighted for Elaine Hunter who has been asked to deliver the prestigious Dr Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture at the Occupational Therapy conference this year. Elaine is going to focus her blog on leadership and in A place to talk leadership #OTalk  Elaine explains how she has been preparing for her lecture. Good luck Elaine, I am sure you will be wonderful, and I look forward to the blog on how it went.

Our other health related blog this week is The Weight of History by Jeff Ace. In his blog Jeff looks at what the legacy of current health changes will be to future generations, something which needs to be taken into consideration with service redesign. Jeff and colleagues certainly feel the weight of expectation and responsibility on their shoulders as they ensure high quality integrated health and social care is at the heart of services to patients.

Louise Atkinson is continuing with her research as part of her practice led PhD and this week debates what the definition of a work of art might be, as a universal classification. Louise looks at ritual objects, semiotics and branding in Why art is not branding. I also know Janet would have done more justice to summarising this blog than me, so sorry about that Louise.

When Karen Hart started contributing posts to weekly blog club, I immediately enjoyed them. Karen is a great story teller, and this week I was excited to read that Karen is going to be turning her hand to more fiction writing. Karen even shares one of her short stories with us this week in Giving it all away 

Another great post this week is called One ounce of emotion beats a ton of scientific evidence. It’s all about “the babies….” by Chris Bolton. This post by Chris looks at the use of evidence in getting polices developed and practices delivered. Chris also considers the counter argument – the one often laced with emotion rather than scientific fact, the one that asks ‘what about the babies..?’ the question to which is often no answer to.

We have another glimpse into our past again this week in Bradford Grammar School Staff by Richard Overy. This wonderful photo from 1939 shows the teaching staff, with some wonderful faces to look at. I can’t help but notice that the teaching staff were all male.

The Only Way is Onwards, There is No Turning Back! by Karl Green looks at a television programme called Knightmare which Karl used to watch as a child. The programme saw contestants having to work as a team and defeat the dungeon. Karl admits this was the first geeky type thing he became a fan of.

There are some amazing images in Nearly missed the Dambusters! by Mark Wood, not only are there photos of military planes, but mayors, and boxers. Mark really is a stilled photographer and again proving that a blog can be a photo or two with some words written around it.

So if you have been inspired to give blogging a go and want to contribute your first post to weekly blog club have a look at our About page for details. If you are stuck for something to write about this week the [entirely optional] there is Heroes and Heroines, inspired by the Bowie programme which is on the telly box distracting me as I try to write this.

Remember, weekly blog club isn’t all about the blogging, it’s about the reading, commenting and sharing of posts, so if you have enjoyed any of the posts listed here be sure to let the writer know.

If you would like to have a go at curating weekly blog club, you can find out more about that here. I note with interest that in a week’s time it is National Volunteer Week, so why not pick a week which suits you and volunteer to be guest curator.

Until next time, stay cool.


Kate Bentham

Summary of Week 21 posts

  1. Blogging for beginners part 1 by Janet Davis
  2. Local market lovin’ by Maria Loupa
  3. Giving it all away by Karen Hart
  4. One ounce of emotion beats a ton of scientific evidence. It’s all about “the babies….” by Chris Bolton
  5. A place to talk leadership #OTalk by Elaine Hunter
  6. Bradford Grammar School Staff by Richard Overy
  7. The Only Way is Onwards, There is No Turning Back! by Karl Green 
  8. Nearly missed the Dambusters! by Mark Wood
  9. Costume drama by Liz Ritson
  10. Why art is not branding by Louise Atkinson
  11. The Weight of History by Jeff Ace on the Dumfries and Galloway Health Blog

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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One comment on “Blogging, babies and Dambusters
  1. Thanks for a great summary, Kate, and for looking after Weekly Blog Club over the last week – much appreciated – and I’ll be giving some thought to how to get one’s blogging mojo back for a future part of my short ‘how to’ series 🙂

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