Serious selfies, spring, and sensations

Thank you very much to all the contributors to Week 12’s 15 posts. Since I am behind on summaries, I hope that this brief summary will be enough to lead you to explore these posts. I found them all well worth reading, and some really made me think.

If you’re thinking of blogging or encouraging blogging in your public sector job – or for your voluntary or community group – the posts by Ken Donaldson, Rob Stewart, Yvonne Christley, and Ian Johnson would be especially useful posts to read.

One year on…. – Ken Donaldson writes about how he set up the dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog, and reflects on the first year of posts. Thanks to Ken and all the other dghealth bloggers over the past year for their interesting and often thought-provoking writing. We look forward to the next year’s posts!

In search of selfie – Audrey Birt writes about the recent selfie-without-makeup-for-cancer-charity phenomenon, and comes up with a lovely idea of ‘unselfies.’

A Sensational Life by Susan D Munro challenges us to think of what it could be like to lack one of the senses we take for granted, such as touch or movement, and imagine what it must be like for those who lack them permanently. How do you move and interact with objects and people if you don’t feel those sensations?

My 5th Favourite Video Game of All Time – Karl S Green writes about the distinctive qualities of Super Metroid, an old video game with a story and an environment to explore.

Could you delete your Facebook page? (in the High Tea Cast magazine) – Lindsay Narey considers whether people could do without Facebook and says that she will go without – well, almost without – as an experiment.

Reflections of a Senior Charge Nurse (on the Ayrshirehealth blog) – Maureen Fleming writes about her work as a senior charge nurse in an older adult ward in a hospital, and the complex challenges of caring for frail older people with several health issues.

Five ways to fight WordPress comment spam – some really useful advice by Rob Stewart for anyone who has a WordPress blog (and some of the points are also relevant to other blogging platforms, of course).

CentrePoint – a new page – or back full circle? – Douglas Silverstone writes about one of the more prominent buildings of London which has provoked quite a lot of controversy in the past, and in which he has been working.

Spring has sprung – a lovely post with photos by Carol Woolley who has been observing the signs of spring around her.

H. J. Burgess & Sons Fishmonger & Poulterer – Richard Overy shares an old photograph of the kind of high street business that would have been a common sight in Britain in the not-so-distant past.

#TurnoutforTony – Karen JK Hart pays her respects along with many others at the passing of the  renowned politician, Tony Benn.

Changeable by Diane Sims paints a vivid picture of the other side of spring (a good one to read together with Carol’s for a very British spring).

What can Plato and the Allegory of the Cave teach us about the Media? (on the dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog) – Yvonne Christley, Head of Patient Experience and Communications at NHS Dumfries & Galloway writes about an ancient allegory and how it illustrates what can happen when the media focuses only on limited things.

Time to change the tune… – Marcus Longley and Tony Garthwaite write on the Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office blog about the need to integrate health and social services in Wales.

Teaching new dogs old tricks: my year as an intern (on Ross Wigham’s adaywithoutoj blog) – Ian Johnson writes about the experience and benefits of working as an intern with the award-winning Northumberland County Council communications team.

If you’ve been inspired by these posts to start blogging or to write more regularly (with the help of reminders), see our About page. If you prefer to read what others have written, that’s great – and you help make Weekly Blog Club what it is by Liking, retweeting, following, sharing links that encourage the writers and help others to discover the posts. Thank you all!


Janet E Davis


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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