A List of 13 Topics For Lawyer Blogs

os x lion tips A List of 13 Topics For Lawyer BlogsFor bloggers and writers, Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones is indispensable. In terms of a writing “how-to” guide, it’s one of the few that have been canonized. There a few good reasons for this. One of them is because each little nugget of a chapter stands on its own. One of those chapters is titled “A List of Topics for Writing Practice,” from which I found inspiration for this post.

As a lawyer, especially one who works in the solo or small firm setting, you’ve no doubt seen that lawyer blogs have become more important. We can endlessly debate whether or not blogging and using social media is necessary for success, but if you are blogging, and because the blank page can make or break you, here’s a list of 13 topics for lawyer blogs:

  1. Start with your memories. A lawyer’s experience is the sum of what’s happened in the past. Goldberg instructs: “Begin with ‘I remember.’”
  2. What gets you riled up about the practice of law? About an area of law? Write in terms of love and hate.
  3. Choose something you might not have given much thought to in the past, like why you went to law school.
  4. If you’re a litigator, write about the different courthouses and courtrooms you’ve been in.
  5. Write about a “day in the life.” Be as specific as possible.
  6. Describe your office with as many concrete details as possible (sounds, colors, smells).
  7. Write about “leaving,” Goldberg says, like leaving your law firm, walking a client through divorce, helping a family deal with a wrongful death case.
  8. What is your first memory as a lawyer?
  9. What kind of client do you love? Hate? Why?
  10. Describe the perfect case. Then explain how the real world often screws up perfection.
  11. Write about your first heated argument with opposing counsel.
  12. Take a newspaper headline that relates to your area of practice and go from there.
  13. What kind of lawyer are you? If you’re the proverbial bulldog, what makes it so?

With every one of these topics, as you sit down to write, keep Goldberg’s instruction in mind:

Don’t be abstract. Write the real stuff. Be honest and detailed.

If you do, not only will you have an endless source of topics to write about, but you also might have a lawyer blog worth its salt.

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  • http://skshawlaw.com SKShawlaw

    Excellent points. It all goes to one magic word. Credibility.

    Genuine writing builds credibility.

    Thanks for some enlightening thoughts!

    • http://lawyerist.com/author/chrisbradley/ Chris Bradley

      Thank you! I appreciate it.

  • http://letudiantendroit.com/ Awovi K.

    Interesting! gives me ideas for my future posts! thanks for sharing!

    • http://lawyerist.com/author/chrisbradley/ Chris Bradley

      You’re welcome!

  • http://www.towerofivory.net Lukasz Gos

    Thank your for the magnificent tips. I’m an overseas lawyer turned law translator for the time I’m finalising my Ph.D. and I’m slowly coming to terms with the idea of starting a blog, and a bunch of working subject areas that are not book reviews, case glosses and boring news about current events, is priceless to me for a jump-start and initial roadmap, as well as being the final nudge to actually get hat blog done. For the record, I think you could probably transform that list, give or take a couple, into a framework of smart WordPress categories. “What Riles Me up,” sounds like a good one to me, especially for a litigator, who needs a bit more tough talk than usual, “War Stories” would be in keeping, I guess, and so on.

    • http://bradleywrites.com/ Chris Bradley

      Thanks and good luck with your blog!

  • http://www.familylawgroupny.com/ Chan Law Firm

    I’m going to use your 13 Topics and start a blog on my site. Thanks.