A Bedlington Terrier, how to tell tales, and ethical issues

Thank you to all who contributed to the wonderful variety of posts in Week 49 of Weekly Blog Club. It was lovely to see the return of some people whom we hadn’t seen for a while.

Over in Australia, Samuel-James Wilson was busy moving, hunting for a flat, and learning to use Australian stone – which he has found is quite different from British stone – to build an entrance in stone: Miscommunication and project completion’s.

Meanwhile, Karl Green was thinking about what he thought of the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who and, a fortnight after it had been broadcast, wrote: My Thoughts on “The Day of the Doctor”. Personally, I am a great Doctor Who fan (although not one who remembers every detail of every episode), and found the 50th episode to be more than satisfactory. Read Karl’s post to find out what ‘holes’ he identified in the narrative, and spot which were answered in the Christmas episode.

Kenny McDonald was considering the social media ethics and the boundary between critical comments and trolling in his post: Crossing The Line: The Troll In All Of Us. Hannah Chia (aka @SportingWag) and Georgia Parker were in more positive frames of mind in their posts for Week 49. Hannah pushed herself in her training in On a Crossfit High and gained more confidence. Georgia gave good advice on how to get things done in 3 easy ways to get started – which I’ll probably re-read to remind me of how to kick-start myself!

The Christmas Card by Mike McMahon on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog considered a delicate issue of what to do when ethics, work rules, and sensitivity to someone else’s feelings come together. This post is well worth reading for the comments and replies below it. What would you do?

Pennie Taylor provided Food for thought on the Ayrshirehealth blog about attitudes to standards in the National Health Service, looking at both internal and external views, and challenging people to be honest so that improvements can be achieved where needed.

It was good to see Diane Sims back with an interesting post – Telling tales about local digital democracy – about having community reporters cover a local election, and what it revealed about people’s reactions to democracy at a local level. Have you got community reporters in your area? What do they cover?

If you have read one of Phil Jewitt’s posts before, you’ll realise that he is someone else who is into storytelling, especially how it can be used to improve local council services. Phil makes some important points about how narratives can be used to connect and lead to better things in Pimp my story. This is relevant for any organisation, but especially for public and third sectors.

Liam Barrington-Bush challenged traditional hierarchical structures in the charity (or third) sector in It’s time for the non-profit trade press to go Onion! When did this traditional structure first form and why? Is it fit for purpose in today’s charitable organisations? What could the alternative be? Liam has the answers. I suggest reading Diane’s, Phil’s and Liam’s posts as a set. The posts work together well in putting forward ideas of a different way of doing things more effectively.

Kathryn Goodfellow was the guest blogger on Ross Wigham’s blog in Week 49, and I was fascinated to read about an arts project in Northumberland that must be an interesting challenge for all involved. The terrier in The Terrier and the arts turned out to be a specific Northumberland breed – the Bedlington Terrier – and the arts in this instance involved people creating giant lanterns in the form of creatures with willow and paper. Some years ago, I transcribed a very funny story told by a former miner in a 1970s oral history recording about a clootie pudding, involving an imagined Bedlington Terrier. I still smile at mention of the breed because it reminds of the story.

A bit further South, in Newcastle upon Tyne, I was continuing my more modest art efforts, trying to kick-start myself into painting and painting again in Hatton Gallery drawing session 5. I was beginning to feel a little more relaxed as more people greeted me as we arrived, and chatted a bit during the session. I am very grateful to the Hatton Gallery for holding these free sessions and wish there were more opportunities to sit with others and draw. It makes us do it rather than just think about doing it.

If you are thinking of blogging, stop thinking and just do it. You can blog by posting a picture with a sentence or two; or two or three links with a brief explanation of what each is and why you suggest trying them; or a short audio post, perhaps asking someone you know a few questions.

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. Also, a big thank you to lovely Kate Bentham for looking after Weekly Blog Club and writing summaries for Weeks 47 and 48!

I am still thinking about how we take things 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 we’re still interested in hearing from other members.


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 49 posts

My Thoughts on “The Day of the Doctor” by Karl S Green.

Miscommunication and project completion’ish by Samuel-James Wilson.

Crossing The Line: The Troll In All Of Us by Kenny McDonald.

3 easy ways to get started by Georgia Parker.

The Terrier and the arts by Kathryn Goodfellow on Ross Wigham’s adaywithoutoj blog.

Food for thought by Pennie Taylor on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

Telling tales about local digital democracy by Diane Sims.

Hatton Gallery drawing session 5 by Janet E Davis.

It’s time for the non-profit trade press to go Onion! by Liam Barrington-Bush.

Pimp my story by Phil Jewitt.

The Christmas Card by Mike McMahon on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog.

On a Crossfit High by Hannah Chia aka @SportingWag.

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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