Last week at TECHSHOW, a number of people asked me about blogging. There are several common misconceptions about blogging.
Some people asked me not to blog about our conversations or thought that I was going to dash away from whatever I was doing to blog. I never blog about conversations or “live blog” or post during or immediately after an event – not my style.
Others wondered how I found time to do “all that blogging,” and were surprised that my goal has always been to post 3 to 5 posts a week. They would probably have been more surprised to know how much I was looking forward to taking a break from blogging while attending TECHSHOW.
In fact, it’s often harder to decide on a topic to post about than it is to write the post.
Today is a perfect example.
I thought I’d write on some more of my reactions to TECHSHOW. Then Tom Mighell and I decided that it made more sense to talk about our findings from TECHSHOW in our next podcast rather than to write a bunch of posts or a long post.
Then I noticed that I’ve had a couple of articles come out recently and thought I’d mention those and link to them. Unfortunately, the two articles I wanted to link to are not available on the web. The first is called “Increasing Profitability: Moving into alternative billing via technology,” and it appears in the April / May 2006 print issue of Law Office Computing. In the article, I consider the role technology can play in contributing to a lawyer’s or law firm’s profitability.
The second article, which may be available on the web for a limited time soon, appears in the April / May 2006 issue of Law Practice Magazine and is called “Tech Costs Spinning Out of Control?” It’s a roundtable article in which Sharon Nelson, Craig Ball, Jim Calloway, Ross Kodner, John Simek and I discuss ways solos and small firms can get more bang for the buck with technology. It’s also worth getting your hands on this issue to read Tom Mighell’s excellent article on the current state of blogging.
Unfortunately, I don’t like writing a blog post about an article that doesn’t have a live link to the underlying article. That ruled that topic out.
My next idea was to write an initial post on my initial experience with my new MacBook Pro, which, as some of my readers know, came to me when Apple selected me as one of a test group to experiment and evaluate Macs in the legal environment. However, I’d rather use the MacBook Pro and get the hang of it rather than write about it yet. I will say that I’m really liking it so far.
I then thought about either mentioning the free BlawgWorld eBook or the upcoming New Orleans, New Law event that many people I know will be involved with and for which exhibitors and sponsors are still sought. However, I felt I needed to write about them in more depth than I was prepared to do today.
Then I realized that I had taken two good short topics I could have used and posted about them on the Between Lawyers blog. I don’t like to “echo post” my Between Lawyers posts, so I ran into another dead end there.
The result is that common posting trick of bloggers – the metapost – or post about the process of writing (or not writing a post). Rather than writing a complete, developed post, I can allude to a few unrelated topics, talk about process and still have a post.
It takes many tricks to blog on a regular basis.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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