I’ve always written blogs for many years, I have always written short stories, articles and poems. I enjoy writing, I think it is very therapeutic and truly fascinating the way that you can use (in the English language) 26 letters to create a million words and stories. Writing is a way to escape reality and imagine a different world and engage with others from all over the world and tell others about the things you imagine, the things you’ve seen, the realities, the beliefs, the tragedies, the fantasy in your life or another’s life or in a dream world. I have always excelled in the realm of academic writing, from primary school level to secondary right through to university and postgraduate. Essay writing is one of my favourite means of assessment as you get to truly express yourself and others and explore different avenues and ideologies and put it all together in one piece. So it comes as no surprise really that I created a blog dedicated to law, two things that I am heavily invested in.
I always knew that blogging was a great way to connect with others and with the vlogging/blogging industry growing daily and their successes being so prominent it is understandable why so many people are keen to start a blog. In this post, I am going to explain, how, why and what a blog can be used for those aspiring to become lawyers.
When writing a blog, you must be authentic, be yourself and be original. Choosing a name is probably the hardest part as you need something memorable and something that will attract lots of viewers particularly if you want to receive acclaim for your posts. I think that a good starting point is deciding what your blog will be about, so choose a topic, then perhaps think of a personal experience in your life related to the topic. I choose The Graduate Lawyer because I had just recently (well was on the verge of) graduated from my undergraduate studies in Law, so I thought that it was fitting seeing as my blog was going to be about and is about my experience breaking into the legal profession post-graduation. Secondly, as you can already guess, the ‘Lawyer’ bit came from the fact that I was (still am) an aspiring lawyer, and it was neutral to both professions in law. I then added the ‘The’ to make it sound professional and I suppose cool.
Choosing a style for your blog is also difficult so it is best to play around with a few themes for your blogs before settling on one. I am still exploring themes, but I think I am settled on the one I have chosen because it suits my style and personal preference. There are so many themes, both free and of cost so choose the one that suits your own style. P.S. you can personalise and customise it as well as organise posts and menu so makes sure to play around with all the settings.
#3 What to write about
When choosing to write a blog, it is best to stick to a theme as it will attract more people, people like consistency and it also makes you more memorable if people can attach your name to a certain theme. For example, my blog is about law and all things law related so I make sure that all my blogs are law related in some way, this ensures that people come back time after time if they are interested. I mean if you watch your favourite Youtuber or read blogs, you’ll notice that they do similar things in each video and blog they post for example, I am a keen Shani Grimmond fan and she tends to post make-up related content in her weekly videos, which means she has a niche and attracts more people because of this. So find your niche and stick to it.
#4 Create a posting schedule
This is probably the thing I find most difficult, posting at certain times creates more traffic, you’ll notice on your statistic you can see when people read your blogs most, post at those times to increase the number of people reading. Instagram and Youtube also show you how many people watch on certain dates and times, and you’ll notice that your fave celebs post at specific times for this very reason!
Editing your posts and making sure that your spelling and grammar are correct because no one likes to read something that doesn’t make sense or look professional. You should know the difference between ‘your’, ‘you’re’, ‘there’, ‘their’, ‘they’re’, ‘where’ and ‘were’. Take time out after you’ve written your blog post and make sure it’s correct, if you are too good with checking, use Grammarly or Wordcounter.net, they’re great for checking for mistakes.
#6 Post it already!
Finally just post it, no one ever made it big by doing nothing. Everyone started somewhere, take a look at Zoella’s first blog and vlog and you’ll see the difference. Courage is knowing what not to fear!
Blogging has been a great asset to my training contract and mini-pupillage and vacation scheme applications, it definitely sets me apart and demonstrates plenty of skills law firms require such as attention to detail, initiative, excellent written communication, entrepreneurial spirit and dedication. Having written articles for two well-known law sites, I feel very accomplished and motivated to continue writing. I think it adds to my CV valuable skills that are transferable and indicates a passion for something.