Lights, colour, action

You’re all welcome to a piece of my virtual, colourful birthday cake. It’s in all the colours of the rainbow, is calorie-free and suitable even for those who are gluten-intolerant. Part of it is lemon cake, part is vanilla and part is chocolate, and it’s decorated with edible glitter and sprinkles in rainbow colours.

Kate Bentham blogged about an ebook with a rainbow cover, the first ebook to be published by Shropshire Family Information Service, in Ebook Publishing in Local Gov. It seems a very sensible idea to produce ebooks that provide useful information and advice if a Council is likely to have to reduce or cut budgets for publishing printed versions. Kate includes some tips that others will find useful if they try the digital publishing route.

Professor Angela Wallace had lots of colour in her post, The Northern Lights on the Ayrshire Health blog. It was a lovely metaphor for a scheme to develop and encourage future clinical leaders in the National Health Service. There were lights and sounds to produce pictures of parts of people’s insides in David Hill’s A Radiologist’s Journey  on the   Dumfries and Galloway Health blog. It was fascinating to read about how the technology and ways of working have changed since he started work (and I enjoyed his confession of why he chose this specialism!). Whenever I have had an x-ray or scan, I would have loved to spend more time looking at them. I love images and I love digital technology.

Copper featured in Joseph Conaghan’s blog as he wrote about infection control, use of microbial copper in hospitals, and his daughter’s very interesting degree work in Hospital Acquired Infections Require A Copper Bottomed Solution. I am very curious to know more about how copper works to lessen the spread of infections.

It was back to colour in Karl Green’s Fifty Shades of Green: Part 1 – It’s ’Orrible Being in Love When You’re 8 ½ (or 5 ½…) in which he told us about his first crush on a celebrity, and the following half-a dozen crushes (a lot of them on Doctor Who’s assistants). John Patterson was also remembering heroes of his youth, but of a more superhuman cartoon type, and wandered to considering the people that he now thinks of as heroes in Heroes are all around you. I totally agree with him that heroes are all around us, many helping in everyday situations.

Two people were thinking about good customer service this week. Rough Cat’s Death of an O2 Salesman will probably make you smile (and no actual salesmen were harmed in the writing of her post, as far as we’re aware. Please note: other brands of salesmen are available in most stores near you). Dan Slee had some really good advice about online customer services, written with the public sector in mind, but applicable also to the Third Sector, all businesses, and other organisations: HELP 2.0: What good Twitter customer service looks like.

Phil Jewitt took us for a wander through the ideas that came out of reading blogs by Catherine Howe and Elia Morling that so inspired him, he before 5am he was writing Context not cloaks and cliques. He thought about the need for leaders not just to be aware of social media but to understand properly, through experience, how it can be used. He also thought of a new kind of leadership and influencing, not about being high up in the hierarchy, but by curators. Do read his post – it is full of interesting ideas.

I didn’t go on my usual walk in town during May so put together a few snaps from several walks in the centre of Newcastle and on the eastern side of the centre in Ouseburn during the month: Urban walk May 2013. I really miss taking my DSLR for a walk. Snaps on my iPod Touch are fine for certain things but they are not the same.

Since the number of posts shared with Weekly Blog Club had dropped a lot recently, I had wondered if it might be time to suggest we end it. Derek Barron had recently mentioned us as being helpful when he wrote Ayrshirehealth Reviewed – a year of blogging. Kate Bentham had written recently about Weekly Blog Club encouraging her to blog. Then this week, I read John Patterson’s post in which he mentions being encouraged to blog by Weekly Blog Club. Then there was Karen Hart’s A love letter which starts off with surfing but is about something else, and includes mention of Weekly Blog Club encouraging her to write. I don’t want to give away too much about what she wrote because I want you to read it.

Perhaps I am just unsure generally about where to go from here, in life generally! Events such as birthdays make me try to review where I am and to try to see where I am going. At the moment I am still trying to see (urgently!) how to get back onto the path of paid employment. I am very busy with voluntary work in the meantime.

Thank you very much to all who contributed posts, Liked, commented or tweeted about them. If I have missed out any posts, please do say. Lovely Kate Bentham is taking over Weekly Blog Club for Week 24. The [entirely optional] theme could be:

  1. my favourite way to spend a sunny day in June;
  2. volunteering;
  3. privacy in the age of PRISM;
  4. a walk (town or country).

If you want more inspiration, just tweet us. You can join in blogging any time and can find more about how to on our About page. Note that “weekly” is more of an aspiration than a rule. If you want to volunteer to look after Weekly Blog Club for a week, the details of what it involves are on our Admin info page.

Have a good week. Kate, over to you…

Janet

Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 23 posts

A Radiologist’s Journey by David Hill on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog.

Fifty Shades of Green: Part 1 – It’s ’Orrible Being in Love When You’re 8 ½ (or 5 ½…) by Karl S Green.

Ebook Publishing in Local Gov by Kate Bentham.

HELP 2.0: What good Twitter customer service looks like by Dan Slee.

Death of an O2 Salesman by Rough Cat.

The Northern Lights by Professor Angela Wallace on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Context not cloaks and cliques by Phil Jewitt.

Heroes are all around you by John Patterson.

Hospital Acquired Infections Require A Copper Bottomed Solution by Joseph Conaghan.

Urban walk May 2013 by Janet E Davis.

A love letter by Karen JK Hart.

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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