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Why do we still blog?

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Author and business strategist, Euan Semple (@euan), writes that blogging doesn’t get easier even after all these years.

Why do we do it? Because we get to test and improve our thinking in real time. And as Euan says, “What’s not to like about that?”

There’s lots of reasons I continue to blog. Near the top of the list are the two Euan shares.

One:

…I don’t know what I really think until I write it down, and my guess is that many of you are the same. “What happened today that was worthy of note?”; “What do I really think about this topic?”; “What am I trying to say?”; “How can I get across my ideas as concisely and effectively as possible?”

And two:

…[B]y sticking it out there magic happens. People either reinforce your idea, modify it, disagree with it or just take it in and mull it over.

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know what I know until I put it writing, reflect on the thought as it flows through my fingers to the screen, see it in print on the screen, and push the button to publish to get my thoughts out there.

And then, like Euan says, the magic happens. People agree, comment on, or mull over your idea. It’s not always overt feedback. You can feel it through a share, like, or a favorite. You can read more into the feedback by who’s giving the feedback – you’ve engaged these folks before.

Crazier yet, you just feel the response without responses being expressed. You know what certain people are thinking out there once you’ve blogged an idea.

I’ve blogged before about lawyers and law students using blogs and social media as vehicles for learning. What better way than to follow others in areas in which you have a niche interest, share what you’re reading along with your insight, and get feedback from others with a similar interest.

On that point I got plenty of feedback. Many of you thought I nuts to say lawyers ought learn in an open and public environment such as social media and blogs.

I remain convinced that blogging is one of the better ways for professionals to learn.

You guys see all those tweets I cull from my newsreader each day. I’m looking for gems that get me excited (like this one from Euan). I am looking to learn about things I don’t know. I’m looking to engage and meet people I can learn from and do business with.

I am not sure I’d review my feeds each day if I wasn’t blogging. What good is just reading when you don’t get the pleasure of sharing, expressing yourself, and meeting folks as a result? It’s just half a loaf. There’s no magic.

Not only can blogging be good for your career by getting known, but as Euan says, your ideas get tested, they get expanded, and you adapt. You grow as a person.

Euan calls it evolutionary thinking. It’s actually something greater, our evolution as a person.

Image courtesy of Flickr by Giuseppe Milo

  • http://www.intlbdblog.com/ John Grimley

    this is an excellent topic Kevin. I think the discipline of blogging is good as it keeps you on top of subject matter. And the net result if you’re in a niche – is that those also in that niche or interested in that niche – will – over time – get to know you. So let’s say you’re a lawyer with a specialism that is rare or very unique. If you blog you’ll be found or find referral sources and clients in some cases you never knew or would never have known – from around the world. Let’s say you practice trade law – in any country. This is I believe a real niche. But it’s an important niche. However fellow practitioners, clients, journalists with an interest in the subject – are located everywhere in the world. I can’t think of a better way to become a widely read, quoted, notable, quotable or subject matter authority in that subject – than to blog about it. Imagine the cost of traveling globally every year to every country in the world instead. Travel is good and important for sure. But time/budgets/etc are finite. Blogging helps make all that more manageable. Too, think of it this way: If a blogpost on some specific subject on trade law takes 2 hours to research and 90 minutes to write and edit – you’ve added to your knowledge base. Hence, you become a better practitioner by blogging – and consequently, a more valuable advisor to your clients, and a better resource for your referral network.

  • http://www.varnumlaw.com/blogs/riparian-rights/ Eric J Guerin

    I blog about riparian rights because there is otherwise a dearth of current information available on-line. I blog because those who don’t find me on the internet are virtually certain to vet me on the internet. Blogging requires me to stay abreast of changes in the law. The feedback I receive (typically via social media) and resources I monitor keep me current on issues being faced by real people. I blog because I want a real choice in the types of cases I handle and the clients I represent.

    • http://kevin.lexblog.com/ Kevin OKeefe

      Thanks for the comment. Who would have believed just a few years ago there would be a medium like blogging that benefits us (lawyers) in the ways you describe. That choice issue is huge — too many lawyers take work they don’t want.

      • http://www.intlbdblog.com/ John Grimley

        Kevin, I think your comment, if I read it correctly, touches on something rarely mentioned in the (current) lean time for lawyers. The ability via blogging to carve out niches which leads to taking work you’re more interested in. So creating niches within niches in this great big world – can be something which sustains us economically, makes our work more interesting for us personally, and I suppose enriches the law by creating a means by which hyper-specialization can flourish. Was that what your were alluding to..?

  • Guest

    Kevin, I think your comment, if I read it correctly, touches on something rarely mentioned in the (current) lean time for lawyers. The ability via blogging to carve out niches which leads to taking work you’re more interested in. So creating niches within niches in this great big world – can be something which sustains us economically, makes our work more interesting for us personally, and I suppose enriches the law by creating a means by which hyper-specialization can flourish. Was that what your were alluding to?