I feel as if the previous blog post answered this question. Those that know me, however, know that I that once I start something, I need to finish it. And those that know me very well, know that I love bulleted lists. So, here you go:
- General experiences in law school (preparing for class, the classroom dynamic, study habits, gatherings, etc.)
- Challenges I face (budgeting, understanding concepts, social life, time management, etc.)
- Opinions on the material (after reading cases, after understanding a concept, etc.)
- Life (health, happiness, etc.)
Those four categories are so general, that I think it captures just about everything.
Good question – especially because I haven’t been an avid reader of blogs and I don’t think I’ve written a blog post (ever). There’s a first for everything, I suppose.
If I were to boil it down, I suppose this is why I’m trying to get into this whole “blogging thing:”
- Keep In Contact. From what I hear, law school is not only an intellectual challenge (“journey”), but also a challenge in time management, especially as it relates to maintaining relationships. I figured that this would be a good way to keep in touch with those who want to know what I’m up to, what I’m thinking about, and what I’m learning about. Not to mention, this would be an easy way to post some random thoughts to keep everyone up-to-date (and to avoid those uncomfortable “catch up” phone calls).
- Writing Practice. If others are reading what I’m writing, this is an added stress to be sure I’m writing clearly and coherently. Past communication has been limited to being strictly informal (e.g. emails and text messages), and writing in a public blog (versus private, password-protected journals) causes me to edit my entries with this added focus. Not saying this will be my best writing, but, a step, right?
- A Break. Those that know me also know that I’m not one to sit around and watch TV. The ideal “break” for me is something that is productive. This provides me an opportunity to synthesize and reflect on what’s going on, while also being somewhat productive – writing up my opinions to start an online conversation.
Blogging websites suggest opening a blog with a brief introduction about the writer. Mack Collier, a blogger for companies on how to use social media effectively, outlines four points to touch on with the first blog post (for companies):
- Who you are;
- Why you are blogging;
- What you will be blogging about;
- How I can leave feedback.
That list seems to present the best outline to get started. After all, as a ‘beginner blogger,’ at least this will keep me from rambling on about my random epiphany for the day. The next several blog posts will discuss each one of these areas in detail.