One year ago, I wrote this piece. There, I explained why I felt the need to take up the virtual pen. One year on, I still seem to be doing it.
I won’t revisit the reasons I listed a year ago as to why to bother with a blog in detail, but I will add one thing that I omitted there. The blog has proved to be a really useful networking tool. Now, whilst I love networking chat as much as any reformed, previously fee-earning lawyer (sorry, former colleagues), I think the blog has been particularly useful at sharing ideas and it has led to some useful real-life chats with and introductions to other bloggers in a way that would have been kinda weird without our mutual on-line manifestos: yes, I appreciate having an online receptory of views might also be categorised as kinda weird, but so be it. Speaking of kinda weird things, there have been one or two moments when I have met individuals who know me only through the internet. I suppose that is very 21st century, but again it does make for networking opportunities. Lastly, at least one radio appearance came about as the direct result of a blog, so if you are looking for tangible (or at least aural) results from blogging I suppose that would be the best example.
In terms of topics, my blog has ranged from law clinics, pedagogy, social justice, land reform, company law, FOI, devolution, self-determination, judicial review, access to justice and back again. By some distance, my top post was about whether or not the directors of a company were in breach of the Companies Act 2006 by suggesting a boycott of an event that ought to have earned the company they were directors of money. It is surely coincidental the company in question was The Rangers Football Club Limited. Excluding irreverent posts or mini-blogs that linked to alternative resources (like Storify collected tweets or online articles), my least popular post was on rights of access. (Ironically, I put far more thought into that one than I did on the fitba post.)
I predicted last year the blog would be useful for “cutting my teeth”, or at least giving me a preliminary forum for my writing. The best example of that process is probably this blog and this successor article in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. I also noted that the blog could be a useful way of organising my own thoughts and notes, a trick I have played on a number of occasions after attending conferences or speaking at events.
So there we have it. My experiences of the blog have been generally positive. I hope readers have also found something of interest. If not, well, I didn’t force you to read this.
As always, comments welcome.
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