A shiny new year!

We’re kicking off 2016 with a new look to this blog, guest posts in the pipeline and an idea for a bit of digital fun in Dudley.

I hope you like this new blog theme, you can still find pages which are about this blog, social media surgeries, bostincamp, civic tech and local blogs from the top left menu bars above (the square of thick lines in the top left corner of the image at the top of the page).

So… what’s planned for 2016?

Social Media Surgeries

We’ve got social media surgeries starting again February, we’ll be at Cafe Grande in Dudley on Thursday 11 February from 6pm and back at Coffee Cups in Halesowen on Thursday 10 March from 9.30am. More dates will be added shortly, including sessions in Stourbridge. If you can offer some social media know-how or would like to come along to get some support, just register using the links above.

This year we are also inviting people who have set up the basics to use time at social media surgeries to create content for the web. We can share ideas and tips on storytelling, scheduling posts from different social media platforms and keeping the conversation alive.


BostinCamp will be back before Easter. Do get in touch if you have something you could share about social media, civic tech or something vaguely related. You’ll have up to 10 minutes to kick start a discussion, no powerpoint, lots of tea and cake. Please also let me know if there is anyone you would like to hear from, and we can ask. Bostincamp is a bit like free training in an informal setting with an emphasis on being sociable. And eating cake.

Digital Playtime

Thanks to one of those post-event conversations in the pub with the amazing Laila Takeh (@spirals) and her colleagues following VCSSCamp in London in November, I’ve been inspired to start something called Digital Playtime in Dudley. It would basically be a regular time for people who work or volunteer in digital communications (and anyone else interested) to get together, play with platforms and tech, and share knowledge on using new tools, devices, accessories etc. If that sounds like something which would help you in your work, please do get in touch. It would be great if a few of us could get together over a coffee to plan this and make it happen. Leave a reply below, or get in touch with me on twitter (@dosticen) or WhatsApp (07501 722255).

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The new header image on this blog of the Andromeda Galaxy (which I’ve slightly cropped) is from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, shared on Flickr with a Creative Commons license. Handy tip: if you are ever looking for images which you can use for free online and in print then Creative Commons Search is a good place to start. (If you can’t see details of a license then you probably don’t have permission to use an image.)


One comment

  1. Eileen · January 15, 2016

    Reblogged this on Volunteering Counts in Dudley borough and commented:
    Lots of great things on the refreshed Digital Dudley site. Why not see what’s going to help you in 2016?

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