Lawyer With A Blog? Here Are Some Tips To Make It Easier.

For a long time, lawyers with the urge to blog were stymied in their efforts by technology. You had to fire up a text editor to draft the posts, remember some HTML to position links and images properly, and get it posted properly. Spell checking, proper research, it quickly turned from a labor of love to a major headache.

But now, thankfully, there’s Firefox. If you’re a blogger and use Firefox you don’t need to open any other programs to draft blog posts. The beauty of Firefox is that there are so many extensions it can do much more than any other browser, and tools to help bloggers abound. For example:

Save Text Area: This allows you to save the contents of any text box; even better.

Spell Checker: Firefox has one built in, so more more spelling “blog” as “bolg” (OK, who can catch the reference?)

There are a ton of other add-ons specifically for bloggers; one of them is ScribeFire, which allows you to draft blog posts by hitting Cntrl-F8 from any Firefox window. I’ve already spoken about Zotero for research, and many use Google Notebook for down thoughts and blog drafts – kind of a modern-day Moleskine. If you use Google Notebook, remember you can use an add-on to open it in the Firefox sidebar menu.

For even more tips, check out 40+ Firefox Add-ons for High Speed Blogging and 12 Firefox Addons that Make Blogging Easy.

The upshot it this – if you sniff around long enough, you’ll find that there are a ton of tools to make it easier than ever to blog effectively and (relatively) effortlessly.

The argument AGAINST blogging to prospective clients.

Well, perhaps it’s not THE argument, but here’s a twist. Recently, a client stumbled upon my Florida probate law blog, which was recently transformed from a standard, ho-hum static website to a dynamic, blog based site.

After roaming around the site for a moment, I got an email through the contact form which essentially said (paraphrased), “Not sure if your site is just informational, but do you have a normal site with information about your practice?”

This took me back a bit. Instantly, I pulled up the site and browsed around to see if there was anything about the site that was perhaps disorienting or otherwise confusing to the “average” web surfer.

Was I on the verge of a legitimate argument AGAINST blogging? [Read more...]