“For years, I’ve been explaining to people that daily blogging is an extraordinarily useful habit. Even if no one reads your blog, the act of writing it is clarifying, motivating and (eventually) fun.” — Seth Godin
I’ve posted over 1,600 posts. Actually, it’s more like 2,000, but I lost a significant number to a piece of malware — bastards.
And I’ve loved it.
I’m not saying it’s been easy but I’ve been mesmerised by the act of writing, the juice that flows through my creative veins and changing me bit by bit.
I’m in the minority (certainly in the UK) though. I could be wrong, but I’m not aware of anyone else who’s been as prodigious save someone like Nicholas Bate — he’s got a few years and a few posts on me — and as regards the legal market, well, the less said the better.
In saying this I realise how up myself I sound but, do you know what, I don’t care. I’m not writing to impress anyone, and certainly not in the legal space. In fact, I’d be surprised if lawyers read my material. I mean, even when I was spilling my guts and being cut open to help them, I garnered very little (if any) interest. In the end I gave up much like I’ve done on private practice. The truth is that lawyers have a very fixed view of the world and, sadly, are not disposed to opening their hearts. That’s no real surprise when they live in and through fear. I get it. No, I do. There is always someone who’s trying to get one over on them or worse still. In that space, it’s no wonder they hunker down and revert to type.
The point of this is…?
Everyone should blog.
And, no, I’m not going to insult your lofty intelligence to tell you why: you either want to or you don’t. (There are still many people who’ve no idea what a blog is or how it might influence them and their audience.)
All I’ll say is that if my journey is anything to go buy, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. And even if I can’t afford to keep this blog alive, I’ll still write online even if I have to go back to using Livejournal or the free WordPress blog that I set up a few years ago.