Should I start a blog?

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Garinold
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Should I start a blog?

Postby Garinold » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:58 pm

I have recently graduated law school, passed the NJ bar, and got a job at a small law firm. I followed the "I just wanted to practice law" blog a while back and I actually found it somewhat inspiring. For those of you who don't know the blog I'm talking about, it was a guy that decided to breakout on his own as a criminal defense attorney right after graduating law school. I am kicking around the idea of doing something similar. I am thinking of starting up a blog that will track my career. It would be primarily focused on my legal career at this firm and each of my cases. My firm's presence in NJ is an expansion of a pre-existing office in Florida. The focus of the firm's work in NJ will be on Hurricane Sandy related litigation, and I am going to be lead counsel in NJ. I will be handling all the litigation in the NJ office for the foreseeable future. I'd like to give as much detail and insight into each of my cases as possible without compromising any confidential information or the identities of the clients or defendants.

I figure this blog might be interesting to people that recently graduated from law school, or people who are still in law school, who are interested in small firm litigation. It may also be of interest to people who would like an insight into the litigation that surrounds a natural disaster. The blog will also cover topics of interest to me outside of my immediate legal career, such as the development of the law, politics, and business. The focus of the blog might be something completely different down the road and I suppose that might be the point.

Anyone think this is a good idea? I've been reading up a lot on blogs lately. While it seems like it would be easy to setup, I'm not sure what platform I should go with or how I should do it. I've heard a lot about wordpress, but I don't know how difficult this is going to be. I've also heard people can make quite a lot of money via blogging. I'm not sure how much money I could make blogging about Hurricane Sandy litigation, the development of my legal career into other areas of law, or business and politics.

If anyone has some insight into how to set up a blog, how I should do it, how I can make some money, or if anyone is willing to help, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks

wuduhel
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Re: Should I start a blog?

Postby wuduhel » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:25 pm

Garinold wrote:I have recently graduated law school, passed the NJ bar, and got a job at a small law firm. I followed the "I just wanted to practice law" blog a while back and I actually found it somewhat inspiring. For those of you who don't know the blog I'm talking about, it was a guy that decided to breakout on his own as a criminal defense attorney right after graduating law school. I am kicking around the idea of doing something similar. I am thinking of starting up a blog that will track my career. It would be primarily focused on my legal career at this firm and each of my cases. My firm's presence in NJ is an expansion of a pre-existing office in Florida. The focus of the firm's work in NJ will be on Hurricane Sandy related litigation, and I am going to be lead counsel in NJ. I will be handling all the litigation in the NJ office for the foreseeable future. I'd like to give as much detail and insight into each of my cases as possible without compromising any confidential information or the identities of the clients or defendants.

I figure this blog might be interesting to people that recently graduated from law school, or people who are still in law school, who are interested in small firm litigation. It may also be of interest to people who would like an insight into the litigation that surrounds a natural disaster. The blog will also cover topics of interest to me outside of my immediate legal career, such as the development of the law, politics, and business. The focus of the blog might be something completely different down the road and I suppose that might be the point.

Anyone think this is a good idea? I've been reading up a lot on blogs lately. While it seems like it would be easy to setup, I'm not sure what platform I should go with or how I should do it. I've heard a lot about wordpress, but I don't know how difficult this is going to be. I've also heard people can make quite a lot of money via blogging. I'm not sure how much money I could make blogging about Hurricane Sandy litigation, the development of my legal career into other areas of law, or business and politics.

If anyone has some insight into how to set up a blog, how I should do it, how I can make some money, or if anyone is willing to help, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks




I think you should. You're position in NJ is a bit unique from what I remember of your other posts. Personal branding is important and more so with niche practices. I would think that a blog following you and your practice in NJ would be a good way to increase search results while also establishing you personally as an authority/expert on Sandy lit.

Setting everything up would be easy. All you really need is a domain. If you don't want to get your own hosting account, you could use tumblr, etc. Register your domain and point it to your tumblr account. It will be seamless. You can use google apps to set up an individual email account for free as well, ie you@your-domain.com. I would suggest using namecheap.com to register the domain. Stay away from godaddy.

PM me if you need any more specifics. I just went through this process myself, and it took no time at all to set up.




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