Welcome to 2014 and Year 3

Appropriately, we had 14 posts for Week 1 of 2014. It’s wonderful when coincidences like that happen (and if I managed to miss your post, it will go into Week 2’s list). I was delighted to see posts from a couple of bloggers from whom we hadn’t seen posts for a while. I get excited when I see people resuming blogging.

The first post of Week 1 in 2014 – Goodbye 2013….. I won’t be missing you…. – was by one of our returners, Carol Woolley, who included lots of pictures of the good events in her post about a year that had some very difficult times for her and her family. Karen Hart wrote a short, moving post about the tough Christmas and New Year her mother went through in Home. I’m sure that other members of Weekly Blog Club would join me in sending best wishes to Karen and her family at a difficult time.

Samuel-James Wilson reflected on what a momentous year 2013 had been for him and shared his and partner Emily’s first Australian Christmas and New Year experiences in 2013-2014.

Kenny McDonald reflected on 2013 and the year ahead in his professional world of communications and public relations in two posts: Goodbye 2013: The Year Social Media Arrived and Hello 2014.

First time Weekly Blog Club contributor Nicola Davies considered the differences between PR in the public sector and private sector in If David Moyes worked in PR  as she came to the end of her first year of working freelance.

Dan Slee looked at the use of social media by the public sector in an emergency situation in  comms as a lifesaver during the #ukstorm on the comms2point0 blog, and noted how hashtags were used to spread the message further. Alan Morris of the Welsh Audit Office wrote about the effectiveness of using social media for a public sector conference in The Year Scrutiny became Social – Scrutiny Conference Social Media Campaign on the Good Practice Exchange blog.

Another person returning to blogging after a gap was Lesley Thomson who wrote about needing to step back now from directly giving practical help to colleagues to set up and start using social media accounts in Ain’t gonna be no social media guru no more. Her colleagues can get training officially now. Things have changed a lot in the last 5 or 6 years.

Another first-time contributor, Caroline Sharp, looked ahead to a change of attitudes during 2014 in her workplace, the National Health Service, in Have a nice day! on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog. She considered the relevance of RESPECT, a code of positive behaviour first introduced in 2007.

Have you ever considered volunteering at your local hospital? Andrew Moore, Assistant Nurse Director in NHS Ayrshire & Arran, wrote about the volunteering programme in his workplace. Volunteering in hospitals has traditionally attracted white middle class retired professionals but Andrew wrote in How ‘inclusive’ are you? on the Ayrshirehealth blog about the benefits of being inclusive and his resolution to widen volunteering opportunities even further, providing benefits for the wider community, as well as the individuals who take part.

There was another upbeat story of people being positive in this week’s contributions. Peter Olding told a lovely story of people being nice in Best fans in the world? (you need to read all the way through – along the way, their definition of “The North” made me laugh – because the example of people being lovely comes at the end).

Karl Green was thinking back on his past self in this week’s post  Regeneration, and seeing the different phases of his life as different selves in a Doctor Who sense. I must admit that I see mine in work roles. A past job looks like a lifetime or two ago to me – though my jobs have mostly involved history but looking years ahead in technology and projects.

Diane Sims provided pictures of a street and a postcard with an enigmatic message sent to a woman in that street in her Week 1 post, A stormy day. If anyone has access to the 1901 and 1911 Census records, perhaps they could let us know what information it has about the woman who received the postcard? Will traces of our relationships be seen as romantic mysteries in 100 years’ time? Or will all records on email and social media be long deleted by then? I wonder if our digital writing and pictures will last as long as the early 20th century picture postcards?

Don’t let the idea of your writing possibly disappearing next century put you off blogging now! Blog with us during 2014 – you can join in any time. Producing a post a week is an aspiration more than a practical achievement for many members, so don’t let that put you off. Our About page tells you everything you probably need to know about contributing a post – and if you want some inspiration, look back at past posts, or tweet us to as for ideas. The [entirely optional] theme* this week is ‘looking ahead to 2014.’

Thank you very much to all who have liked, favourited, commented on, retweeted, followed and read as well as to those who have contributed posts. You’re all fabulous!

Now blog! Blog like… [add your own favourite simile…]


Janet E Davis

* We welcome posts on music, cake, fashion, photography, project management, dancing, astronomy, coding, butterflies, quantum physics, public parks maintenance…

Summary of week 1 posts

Goodbye 2013….. I won’t be missing you…. by Carol Woolley.

Regeneration by Karl S Green.

comms as a lifesaver during the #ukstorm by Dan Slee on the comms2point0 blog.

Goodbye 2013: The Year Social Media Arrived by Kenny McDonald.

Hello 2014 by Kenny McDonald.

If David Moyes worked in PR by Nicola Davies.

2013-2014 by Samuel-James Wilson.

How ‘inclusive’ are you? by Andrew Moore on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

Home by Karen JK Hart.

Best fans in the world? by Peter Olding.

The Year Scrutiny became Social – Scrutiny Conference Social Media Campaign by Alan Morris for the Good Practice Exchange.

A stormy day by Diane Sims.

Ain’t gonna be no social media guru no more by Lesley Thomson.

Have a nice day! by Caroline Sharp on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog.

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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