Seasides, mugging donkeys, and the importance of feeling good

This week’s summary has been an endurance trial just to find the posts and create the summary list. I have had to do it all on a mobile device because my laptop is broken. Although the WordPress app has been designed for using on a smartphone, it is nowhere near as easy to do as on a laptop. It doesn’t have a WYSIWYG editor for writing posts but shows the HTML one adds – which makes it even trickier to see things on the tiny screen. Copying, cutting and pasting is also harder to do as one switches in between apps. Trickiest of all is highlighting a block of text because the box of editing actions appears in the area to where I want to drag the highlighting. I accidentally ended up cutting or pasting and deleting swathes of text. I haven’t found an Undo button yet, so the only solution seems to be not saving and returning to the last full saved version, and losing anything added in between.
So, I don’t recommend this kind of blogging on a mobile – though it does work quite well with a straightforward post with one picture, some text, and limited or no links.
Thanks very much to Kate Bentham for the last couple of weeks – and to Louise Brown for covering Week 25 – when I was suffering badly from inflamed joints, especially in hands, arms and shoulders, as well as lacking a functioning laptop or desktop. Kate is in a field by the seaside as I type, enjoying a summer holiday with her family. My own short post, ‘Seaside in the sun,’ is a reminder of such sunny family holidays, weekends and days out. I also remember times when it poured with rain. By the age of 11, I was good at wiping down and packing up muddy ground sheets in pouring rain.
Someone else remembering their early days this week was Karl Green who recalled some of his first friends in ‘Fifty Shades of Green Part 3 Early Friends.’
The Shropshire Family Information Service contributed an excellent post on the importance of emotional and mental health for children: ‘Think Good Feel Good – a Parent’s guide to supporting emotional health.’
There was something of a mental and emotional health theme this week. Joanne Payne, writing on the Ayrshire Health blog, gave an example of how an older person could need support with the emotional and mental aspects of going from crisis care in hospital to a changed everyday life at home. In her post this week – ‘A whole new adventure’ – she wrote about starting something new in her area to try to bridge that gap. I hope she tells us how it’s working in a few months’ time. I certainly recognised the patient’s fear of how to cope when home alone.
Susan Munro’s post – ‘The Language of Mental Health’ – made me think. How many people suffer from this condition and get ignored by people who don’t realise why they have language difficulties?
The focus of the career that Hanif Leylabi has chosen is communication. Hanif wrote a guest post on Ross Wigham’s blog about being a PR intern at Northumberland County Council: ‘My year as a PR intern.’ It is a local authority that takes digital communications seriously, in a county with some of the least-densely populated areas in England.
We had an update from another early career person this week. Samuel-James Wilson wrote about the bricklaying work that he has been doing in ‘Project catchup.’
Lindsay Narey made me feel better with her amusing post about the downsides of the summer heat: ‘Do one summer sun! Dealing with a daily cycle of boiling weather misery.’ I thought it was just me struggling to cope in the heat!
Do read Karen Hart’s ‘Amanda Palmer’s ‘Dear Daily Mail Song’ and how history is written.’ The description of donkeys mugging unwary visitors for their fish and chips made me laugh.
Finally, not Weekly Blog Club, but a collection of blogs written last Friday about one day in the life of archaeology, written by students, professionals and volunteers, and organised by very dedicated and enthusiastic people: Day of Archaeology – and that should top up your quantity of holiday or commuting reading for a while.

I was going to try an audio summary this week – even downloaded an app to try to do it. I chickened out! That could be one of the entirely optional themes for the next couple of weeks: what do you chicken out of that others seem to think quite easy to do? Other [entirely optional] themes are holidays – past, present, future and lack thereof; or sunshine – actual or metaphorical. The deadline for Week 30 is midday next Thursday.
Blog away, my pretties, blog away!

Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 29 posts

  1. The Language of Mental Health by Susan D Munro
  2. Project catchup by Samuel-James Wilson
  3. Fifty Shades of Green Part 3 Early Friends by Karl S Green
  4. My year as a PR intern by Hanif Leylabi on Ross Wigham’s adaywithoutoj blog.
  5. A whole new adventure by Joanne Payne on the Ayrshire Healthblog.
  6. Do one summer sun! Dealing with a daily cycle of boiling weather misery by Lindsay Narey.
  7. Seaside in the sun by Janet E Davis.
  8. Amanda Palmer’s ‘Dear Daily Mail Song’ and how history is written by Karen JK Hart.
  9. Think Good Feel Good – a Parent’s guide to supporting emotional health by Shropshire Family Information Service

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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2 comments on “Seasides, mugging donkeys, and the importance of feeling good
  1. Stirling work and an amazing effort! I’ve downloaded the WordPress apps for my Blackberry and Android tablet, and neither 1 makes blogging as easy as it should be. So it really is testament to your hard work that you’ve got all this done – fantastic stuff!

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