All entries in this category: Blogs on the Radio
- 13 Apr 07, 09:42 AM
“A lot of the time I think I’m absolutely fine and then suddenly I will completely fall apart”, she told me when I met her, just twenty four hours before she had to go into hospital to have the womb lining removed.
So why did Clare decide to share, in sometimes graphic detail, what she’s been going through? “I’m the kind of person who likes to talk about things and because I’m a writer and blogger, talking about things often takes the form of writing them down and broadcasting them to the world.”
It’s her way of coping and her readers have been supportive. “People feel moved by what I write,” she says. “They instantly feel like they want to say something supportive or helpful or give me a hug. But I think people often want to say something but they don’t really know what to say.”
Clare is already planning on trying again for a child, “I’m just really hoping that we get pregnant really quickly again”.
To hear the full interview with Clare click here.
If you want to find out more information about miscarriages The Miscarriage Association have a very useful website.
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- 11 Apr 07, 10:03 PM
Coming to terms with losing a child through a miscarriage must be tough enough, but Clare decided to share it with those that chose to read her blog.
The posts are not for the faint-hearted but Clare says that the support of fellow boggers has helped her through.
I invited Clare to come on to BBC Radio Manchester to talk about why she chose to share this difficult time so publicly.
You can hear Clare on BBC Radio Manchester on Thursday April 12 at 3pm.
Listen online at bbc.co.uk/manchester
- 15 Dec 06, 10:42 AM
Blogging is child's play. It's the older ones that have difficulty, expecially BBC Radio Manchester's Eamonn O’Neal.
Eamonn invited 12-year-old David Wilkinson into the studio to show him how to set up a new blog.
Eamonn's new blog is here.
- 13 Dec 06, 09:43 AM
Interestingly Clare says that she sees herself as a bit of a fraud when it comes to her blog being listed as a Manchester blog as she only really writes about herself. “I don’t think of blogging as being a geographically specific thing,” she says, which raises the issue I wrote about a couple of weeks ago about Manchester blogs not blogging about Manchester.
Clare has been here 18 years, “I don’t write about Manchester because that’s not the way I think”, she says.
So Boob Pencil is purely about Clare and she’s the first to admit that she’s an attention seeker. She sees blogging as a way of connecting with people – just as you would if you met them in a bar.
But if you do meet her in a pub don't offer her a handful of pencils with a request for her party piece, you might get more than you bargained for.
- 11 Dec 06, 12:50 PM
She claims to be able to hold seventeen pencils under each breast and spent a year of her life taking trapeze lessons. Boob Pencil blogger Clare Sudbery sounds like she should be on the radio. Well she is!
Tune in to BBC Radio Manchester on Tuesday afternoon at 3.30 to hear her.
You can listen live online if you're out of town and we'll let you listen again right here from Wednesday.
Now, I wonder how many pencils I can get under my man-boobs.
- 1 Dec 06, 11:52 AM
Yesterday as I was posting about the BBC Manchester Blogging Workshop we're organising, Richard Fair (no, that's not him at left) was at Ordsall Hall speaking with blogger Julia Delvaux for BBC Radio Manchester. Some people get all the good jobs.
It turns out that Julia, whose blog Notebooks covers literature, art and cinema, is also a Tudor expert. Maybe with a little encouragement we can get her to put that knowledge to some more good use by expanding the Wikipedia entry for Ordsall Hall which is a haunted, 660 year old, Grade I listed Tudor mansion currently seeking donations to fund £1 million worth of TLC.
We've uploaded Julia's interview but, sadly, were unable to include the audio of Julia's debut performance on the hand-bells as part of our impromptu Tudor band. Doesn't fit very well into our station playlist you see...
- 28 Nov 06, 11:04 AM
At the first Manchester Blog Awards a few weeks ago at Urbis, a couple of local bloggers stood up and read some of their postings, (my feelings only slightly hurt at not be asked to read any of mine).
As a rule Blogs are not intended to be read out loud even though bits of them often are, especially when I spot something really funny or pertinent and randomly read it out to people sat around me in the office who then grumble something along the lines of me getting on with some ‘proper work’.
So, with this in mind, I’ve decided to include a regular Blog Spot into my afternoon programme on BBC Radio Manchester.
The plan is to have a regular look at what Manchester people are blogging about and, from time to time, get a blogger in to talk about what they’re saying on the internet and generally what makes them tick and get some pointers and tips on good blogging.
The first of these is this Thursday (30th November) when I’ll be chatting to Julia about her Notebooks blog. You’ll be able to listen online live at 2pm with the chance to Listen Again after the programme. We’ll also put a link to it on here.
- 23 Oct 06, 05:06 PM
Those of you who were at the Manchester Blog Awards a week ago today will have noticed that I spent much of the evening wandering around with a large microphone and minidisc recorder.
I recorded the entire awards ceremony, which featured readings from The 43, who went on to win Blog of the Year, and The Airport Exile. I also managed to spend a few minutes speaking with the winner of the Personal Blog category, A Free Man in Preston, Kate "Manchizzle" Feld who organised the event, Craig McGinty and a handful of others.
It's just been confirmed that a good ten to 15 minutes of that audio will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live's Pods and Blogs tonight (technically it will be Tuesday morning) between 2-3am. Unless you're like me and find yourself blogging away into the wee hours, you'll probably want to use the listen again feature that let's you - as it says on the tin - listen to the program again anytime during the next week. You'll find the link at the top of the Pods and Blogs blog.
Update: the audio from pods and blogs is here. The blog awards section of the program appears between 12.19 - 22.00 and includes readings from The 43 and A Free Man in Preston as well as an interview with Manchizzle who organised the event.
- 16 Oct 06, 07:07 PM
As advertised, we're at Urbis right now, waiting for the Manchester Blog Awards to kick off.
Manchizzle, who is standing behind me busily trying to deny that she organised tonight's event - something that seems to happen at most of the blog related events I get to these days - has explained on her blog that the awards kick off properly at 8pm and will be proceeded by music, which is on now, and poetry, which must be coming next.
As things get warmed up I'll return to this post...
20.05: The third perfomance poet, Conor Aylward, is still on but he admitted, at the start of his turn, that he's blogged his entire piece so I guess the overlap is forgiveable. Sadly, my mobile, which I'm using to access the internet, is nearly out of juice.
22.10: We're in the pub, which is where most good blog meets, at least in my experience, tend to end. I managed to record a podcast of the entire award ceremony, which included readings by Geoff who blogs about his travels on the 43 bus and the anonymous blogger behind The Airport Diaries, both of whom were nominated for the blog of the year award which Geoff won.
In the other categories, A Free Man in Preston, who also blogs anonymously, won best personal blog, and best arts and culture blog was won by Yer Mam!. Political blogging, recently the focus of another blogging event held at Urbis and much in the news, had it's own category, with Norman Geras's Normblog winning.
I did some audio interviews with the organiser of tonight's event and some of the winners which, with any luck, will be aired on BBC 5 Live's Pods and Blogs next week.
- 10 Oct 06, 10:34 AM
The bigger plan is that all of these - and hopefully TV too - will feed into each other sharing ideas, contacts and stories giving you direct access to the programme makers and them ears and eyes on the ground.
BBC Radio Manchester has already featured a number of Manchester bloggers including, yesterday, Geoff who writes 43.
We were down at Salford Quays with Studio 6 (on-air Monday to Friday 2-4pm - you can listen online if not in Manchester). Geoff came and spoke to me about 43 and his short listing for the Manchester Blog Awards and read out one of his postings as an example of what he writes.
Hopefully in return Geoff will get increased traffic and interest and encouragement to continue blogging Manchester.
- 9 Oct 06, 04:41 PM
The selection process, we're told, was difficult but there's now a shortlist of blogs vying for awards in each of the four categories: political, personal, arts and culture, and blog of the year.
More importantly, we're hoping to meet with people who are already creating, or want to create, great web content so we can discuss how we might be able to work together. To encourage you to walk over and introduce yourself, we'll be bringing a limited number of BBC t-shirts to hand out at the event. Do come say hello!
The event, organised by Manchizzle as part of the Manchester Literature Festival, is free, open to all and will be followed by drinks (the only thing you have to pay for) and live entertainment from Verberate. Andrew Wilshere at Newfred Rebooted created the blog awards logo above.
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