Can a website really save your Bowls Club?

For some years now, Bowls Australia has been urging bowls clubs to promote themselves online. They provide free websites and are currently upgrading them through their Bowlslink program. Queensland is the only state not currently participating although some clubs have their website through BA’s earlier sportstg.com system. You can spot them easily through the design […] Read more

What is A Community Bowls Club?

When members talk about the future of their Clubs a common thread is whether they are a bowls club or whether they should become more of a community club. It soon becomes clear that people have got very different ideas of what being a community club or being part of the community means. The Newmarket […] Read more

Lawn Bowls in a Wheelchair

Try searching for a bowls club that caters for wheelchairs. It’s not as easy as you’d think. There is a concept called the social construction of disability used to tackle the unnecessary disadvantages faced by people with a disability in their daily lives. Providing ramps instead of just steps in all public buildings is an […] Read more

Setting up a wordpress website

When I started making webpages, we wrote the code in Notepad. Later there were programs like Homesite, Frontpage, Dreamweaver for designing and managing websites. With the number of different platforms (desktop, tablet, phone, etc) and the different browsers, it became more practical to use a system like WordPress to look after the code and concentrate […] Read more

Website Pitfalls for NFP Organisations

The internet offers many opportunities for non-profit organisations… and many pitfalls. These are some of the common problems I have seen over the years. Burst of enthusiasm followed by an out-of-date or empty website. Initial discussions are often exciting – “We could do this… or that… and have these bells and whistles.” Then the hard […] Read more

5 Reasons Support Groups Should Be Wary of Social Media

The early internet created a new way for support groups and non-profit organisations to reach out to a wider audience, proving information at a fraction of the cost of traditional means. I used to see a lot of these in my days of creating the bcl.com.au directory. With the rise of Facebook and social media, […] Read more

Menus, Pages and Categories in WordPress

Themes usually come with one or more menu locations and you can also add menus in the right/left hand column as a widget. Many themes have a Top Menu (probably goes across the top of the page either above or below the top banner) and a Social Links Menu (probably goes bottom right and meant […] Read more

Scrivener

If you’re using a standard word processor for writing, check out Scrivener from www.literatureandlatte.com Scrivener has all sorts of features to help writers organise their work, measure word count and set targets, keep notes, backup copies of taking snapshots to back up their work before making changes. If I had to choose the most useful and […] Read more

Since when has clover been a weed?

A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, or growing where it is not wanted, is usually considered a weed. Clover is beneficial to bees and to the soil. Lying on cool, soft clover watching the clouds move across a Queensland sky is one of the lingering memories of my childhood. The only downside of clover […] Read more

Metaphors We Live By

I discovered this book, “Metaphors We Live By” by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson after an aside by Dr Joan Mulholland during a university lecture sometime in the 1990s – if you’re interested, you might find this book interesting – so I jotted down the name and checked it out in the library. As a child at […] Read more