Austin-based appellate specialist D. Todd Smith started blogging to distinguish himself from the rest of the field. His blog, the Texas Appellate Law Blog, still serves that original purpose today.

"Nearly three years later, there are only a handful of blogs dealing with Texas appellate issues, so blogging continues to separate me from the vast majority of my competition," Todd says.

Although Todd is based in Austin, he makes a point to use technology to overcome geographic barriers and frequently handles matters throughout the state of Texas. Similarly, Todd uses Twitter (@dtoddsmith) to reach out to a broad audience of almost 350 followers, who subsequently tend to think of him when appellate issues arise.

We caught up with Todd via email for this LexBlog Q&A and talked with him about how blogging has enhanced his reputation.

See our e-mail exchange with Todd (after the jump).

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