Looking forward, looking backward

The lack of posts in Week 51 is explained by the fact that the week included Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day so I think most people might have been quite busy doing other things maybe. Four well-organised people still managed to blog though.

Karl Green entitled his post Looking Back – 2013, which gives a hint as to the content. Karl has been one of our most regular bloggers over the year, and we look forward to reading more of his posts next year.

Professor Jason Leitch in Santa’s list on the Ayrshirehealth blog came up with a surprising thing to put on his Christmas list: better leadership in the healthcare system. His thoughts about what could make better leaders are worth reading and apply to other sectors as well. We should all hope that he was good and that Santa delivered what he wanted since we’ll all benefit from better leaders.

It was great to see another post from Simon Hope in Week 51. He wrote about Wakefield Council’s live streaming of council meetings to enable more citizens to watch and listen to what happens in Stream of Consciousness. He explains their low-cost approach to the digital technology. Does your council live-stream its meetings? If not, are they aware that it need not be very expensive?

Ross Wigham blogged about looking forward to try to anticipate what might be the public relations trends in the North East over the next year for the CIPR Trends 2014 report.

There will be at least one or two more posts from people looking back or forward over the next couple of weeks. What do you think will happen in 2014 in your professional sphere or personal life?

Thank you to everybody who has read, Liked, shared and commented on the posts, as well as to those who wrote them. Our About page tells you everything you probably need to know about contributing a post if you want the encouragement to blog more regularly in 2014.

I’ve been thinking about how we take Weekly Blog Club forward in 2014 – see my Week 42 summary Say hello, hug, say goodbye? and also Um… half our space is used up…. Several people have commented and put forward ideas and there’s still time to put forward your views. I’m thinking of an experiment to let whoever looks after Weekly Blog Club for a week to do it however they want, apart from needing to:

  • producing a list of the week’s posts;
  • adding any new contributors to the contributors list;
  • putting the weekly posts summary list in a post with categories and tags;
  • tweeting about the approaching deadline and about the summary.

This could make it a lot less time-consuming, but if people wanted to do more, they could. We did try audio summaries and a Pinterest one in 2013. It would be interesting to see more alternative formats, as long as they suit the more serious of the week’s contributions.

In the next summary, I will be sharing our WordPress summary of the year’s stats. As a taster – the Week 50 summary post was our 1,000th post – and I wanted to share a very quick video that summarises our Twitter info.


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 51 posts

Stream of Consciousness by Simon Hope.

Looking Back – 2013 by Karl S Green.

Santa’s list by Jason Leitch on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

CIPR Trends 2014 by Ross Wigham.

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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