Chocolate, Daleks, The Wall, and rituals

We had 11 contributions for Week 41, the week in which this tweet:

was our 5,000th tweet – thanks to Derek Barron for noticing and pointing it out. We also reached 20, 020 views on this blog by 15:00 on 21st October, and we passed the 180 contributors milestone sometime last week or the week before. That’s probably not too shabby for a blog that just collates links to other blogs and summarises posts. If you have been inspired by this blog to set up something like it for other groups of people, we’d love to hear about what you’re doing and, if appropriate (that is, open for anyone to read), to add a link to your blog.

This week’s posts were as diverse in subject as ever but with some topics in common. Mike Pratt, on the dghealth (Dumfries & Galloway Health) blog, wrote a thought-provoking post on something that affects or will affect almost all of us: Clinical Care and the Financial Challenge – How do we Respond? He raised difficult questions that we should all consider.

On the Ayrshirehealth blog, Jane, an occupational therapist working in mental health service in NHS Ayrshire & Arran, wrote about going on a yoga and meditation retreat: My Path to Mindfulness. I’m not at all sure that I could cope without a laptop and at least a few hours of access to the Internet, nor other offline activities to distract me, so very much admire Jane for doing it.

Georgia Parker’s post also had an element of reflectiveness in it as she advised Respond rather than react when you find yourself getting upset or irritated by others. A friend of mine advised me years ago never to write and send an email hastily when feeling like that. Keep it as a draft, and re-read it after sleeping because often it will need deleting or severe pruning.

By sheer coincidence, Louise Atkinson’s post – Art and research Week 49: Mexican paper rituals, Amatl and Papel picado – linked in with mine because I chose to draw an object from Mexico that seemed to be linked to or referred to ancient ritual. I was fascinated to read about the ancient Mexican paper, how they made it from bark; what they created with it and, later on, how they used paper imported with goods from China by the Spaniards who had colonised Mexico. I went on to do a bit more reading beyond Louise’s post and discovered that the popularity of amatl today has led to some environmental problems as demand outstrips the quantity of suitable bark available.

My own post was the second of my posts about attending art sessions Hatton Gallery drawing session 2 that give me the opportunity to draw with other people. I am hoping it will kick-start my drawing more regularly. It is a good discipline, a bit like practising scales on a musical instrument some of the time. I rather like the going-back-to-basics because it’s good to be reminded of the basics now and then, even when having drawn for decades.

Ross Wigham’s post Another brick in the wall took me back quite a few years this week as he blogged about his first visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Many years ago, I was involved with the management of some of it when I worked for English Heritage. On this, his first visit to the Wall, Ross was asked if he were connected with the local Lords of the Manor, and you need to read his post to find out the answer. He included some lovely pictures of the central section of the Wall in his post to tempt you too to visit.

Jane McIntyre wrote about the temptation of chocolate and her inspiration for a business idea: Chocolate emergency? Dial mine,mine, mine….. It’s  something that I rarely crave – but even I was getting twitchy for at least a hot chocolate by halfway through her post!

I understand the addiction of gaining more knowledge, but not sure I understand the apparent addiction of spotting activity. Peter Olding wrote an interesting post, Spotting (Part 2), about plane spotting that explained a little of some of the level of knowledge required, and also about the plane spare parts market. I had come across planes-as-spare-parts when watching a tv programme about self-building houses.

Karl Green’s post about My Favourite YouTubers revealed a common subject matter between the YouTubers of video games music. I had not realised that this was A Thing for some people. I have always known that people had a thing about Daleks, however, and was delighted to see them mentioned in Chris Bolton’s post: “Failure is not an option…..” Daleks, the enforcers of Best Practice. I had also listened to the radio programme featuring Professor Dame Wendy Hall and heard her talking about the need for technology start ups to fail faster if they are going to fail, and though Chris’s post very appropriate for publishing on Ada Lovelace Day.

Finally, but by no means least, there was a very useful post from the inimitable Mr Slee: #OURDAY: Some tips for telling your story during a Twitter event. His advice is applicable to most sectors, of course – and I would particularly agree with and pick out the tip that images really are useful for attracting attention (have a look in our Useful Links for articles on creating and using images and videos).

If I missed your post, do tweet me about it. Thank you very much to everyone who contributed posts this week, and to all who Liked, commented, retweeted, and followed. It really makes a difference if you express your interest in or liking for people’s writing. If you want to start contributing posts, our About page tells you everything you probably need to know. If you would like to help look after Weekly Blog Club, there’s the Admin info page to tell you about what’s involved.

Nobody really wrote about design last week (the entirely optional theme), so that can remain as a theme this week, should you be looking for inspiration. Also, since it’s half-term in many or most places, I think, perhaps autumn holidays or days out could be another [entirely optional] theme.

Remember that pictures, video and audio can make good blog posts!


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 41 posts

My Favourite YouTubers by Karl S Green.

Another brick in the wall by Ross Wigham.

Chocolate emergency? Dial mine,mine, mine…. by Jane McIntyre.

“Failure is not an option…..” Daleks, the enforcers of Best Practice by Chris Bolton.

Hatton Gallery drawing session 2 by Janet E Davis.

#OURDAY: Some tips for telling your story during a Twitter event by Dan Slee.

My Path to Mindfulness by Jane AAHPMH on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

Respond rather than react by Georgia Parker.

Art and research Week 49: Mexican paper rituals, Amatl and Papel picado by Louise Atkinson.

Clinical Care and the Financial Challenge – How do we Respond? by Mike Pratt on the dghealth (Dumfries & Galloway Health) blog.

Spotting (Part 2) by Peter Olding.

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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