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Blogging Frees the Mind (and it helps your career)

I am pretty new to blogging, so I am trying to figure out what it is actually doing for/to me. I was inspired to write this because of an article I just read over at Home Office Lawyer about the strategic benefits of blogging (for your career). The article has some interesting things to consider that apply to probably any career, and especially one oriented around client service, like the law. Anyway, here are my thoughts on blogging and how it relates to law.

I'm Addicted

Every five minutes I feel the need to hit "Refresh" and see if someone else has viewed my blog. Yes, I'm that pathetic. I feel the urge to post something to this darn blog every day, even when I told myself that once a week would be fine. My RSS feeds are growing, my multi-tasking is growing rampant, and my inbox is filling up. All because I decided to start blogging. But, I can't stop now because I'm addicted. I'll admit my problem (my doctor would be proud).

Blogging Frees the Mind

Yes, you read that right. I think that's why I'm addicted. It is therapeutic to make a post to your blog for all the world to see. Talk about getting something off your chest. I don't intend to use this blog as any kind-of soap box or whipping post, but it does feel good to write and post.

I think the inner reason behind this is our desire to connect with others. In a couple short weeks of serious amateur blogging, I have already begun to make new contacts and friends. I am becoming exposed to a whole online world that I really never knew existed. What a rush! See, I'm Addicted, supra. More than this, though, is the freeing of my inner creativity. I hope my posts have not all been dry and dull like this one. It has freed my mind so much to try to push my writing skills and creativity up a notch every time I post to better convey my message and hopefully not run off my 3 readers (me, my wife, and our cat).

How This Pertains to Law

As a professor I had in undergrad would say, "Yes, that is the question we must ask." He was really prepping me for law school well. I just finished outlining a course and realized that half my outline was questions. Where are the answers?!

Being creative, that is the answer. Anything that helps us to be more creative and think outside our normal box (or sphere) helps us to be better lawyers. As a professor told us today, good lawyers figure out the result they need, then find a way to get there. It's all about creativity and freeing yourself to think with the other side of your brain.

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3 Responses to “Blogging Frees the Mind (and it helps your career)”

  1. Frugal Law Student
    November 2nd, 2006

    I feel exactly the same way. I’m addicted to blogging. It’s got me worried. Finals are coming up and I’m worried I’ll be distracted by blogging. I’m not worried about being behind. I have my outlines up to date. I plan on using the time before final to go over exams and review my outline. Any suggestions on curbing the blogging addiction so my grades don’t suffer?

  2. [...] Are you addicted to blogging? Do you spend your day reading RSS feeds, commenting on posts, and responding to your readers? If so, what are you going to do when exam time rolls around in a few weeks? As one reader asked, “Any suggestions on curbing the blogging addiction so my grades don’t suffer?” Here you go: [...]

  3. Andrew F
    November 2nd, 2006

    I think you’re pretty well set for exams, in my experience at least.

    Your comment helped me think of a good blog post on just this subject: Prepare for Exams: Curb Your Blogging Addiction.

    Thanks for stopping by,

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