Why I blog

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 4, 2010 in Background | Subscribe

Good evening y’all! :D

Despite my chronic disappearances over the past couple months, we’ve been blessed here at law:/dev/null to still have a steady cadre of regular readers along with a (surprising) stream of newcomers.1  And since the recent blawgpocalypse I’ve been asked by folks in both groups what prompted me to stake out this particular piece of internet real estate — and I realized I’ve never actually posted an answer to the “Why do you blog?” question beyond a brief one-line reference on our “About” page :beatup:

So I figured now’s as good a time as any ;)

Without further ado, my four reasons for entering the blawgosphere way back in August 2009:

  1. Therapy: I wasn’t kidding when I wrote in the very first post that “law:/dev/null is really just my own brand of therapy to get me through law school. Some people exercise, some prefer gardening, some drink (a lot). I write.” My classmates have learned firsthand that I’m no shrinking violet when it comes to saying exactly what’s on my mind, so penning my commentary here lets me get it out of my system without subjecting them to something they don’t want to hear in the first place :)
  2. Curiosity: Even though the bachelor’s degree on my wall is for computer science and I created a niche web development company back when I was a college dropout, I was so tired of doing computer-related stuff academically that I never really got into the whole CMS / RSS / CSS / [pick-an-acronym-and-put-it-here] thing in my personal life :beatup: When I wanted to blog, I’d write a note and post it to Facebook because it required minimal tech work; there are 95 of those to date, and it’s where things like T. Greg’s Tomes got started. But with the acute shift from undergrad to the remarkably-less-tech-savvy atmosphere of law, I figured it’d be fun to experiment with a WordPress deployment and all the attendant web work that goes with it.
  3. Scarcity: I first got introduced to the world of law student blogs the night before 1L Orientation, where I stumbled upon Dennis Jansen’s blog and a few others… that I proceeded to read until 2am.2 One of the things I noticed while reading was that the overwhelming majority of law school bloggers I found were at T14 law schools, and none of them were in the southeast quadrant of the country like me (although Mariel is close). So even though I was greatly appreciative for the insights, I wanted to present a different perspective as a law student at a distinguished-but-unranked law school in the South. And judging from the hundreds of search queries on NCCU Law over the past year, I’m apparently not the only one looking for that type of info before starting law school ;)
  4. Keeping in touch: I couldn’t come up with a cute one-word-ending-in-y description for this one :beatup:  Despite an absurd level of shyness that I have to mentally force myself to ignore, I’m generally a pretty sociable guy. But I’m also a Type A workaholic who took my first bona fide vacation in years just this past Independence Day, and it’s really easy for me to lose touch with people in the process.3 The biggest appeal to starting law:/dev/null was creating a way to let folks know what I was up to and that I was still thinking about them, even if I didn’t have an opportunity to get lunch or talk at length on the phone. I’m not sure how well it’s worked so far but hopefully the folks who are important to me know that ::fingers crossed::

So there you have it folks, a quick glance into the mind of TDot4 and the motivations behind law:/dev/null :)

I hope all of you have a fantastic night, and a great soon-to-be weekend! :D

  1. *THANK YOU* to all of you :heart: []
  2. Hours after I was supposed to go to bed, and the catalyst for the ensuing hilarity/embarrassment during that first day of Orientation :beatup: []
  3. It’s also one of the central reasons why I use thousands of text messages every month, peaking at 10,821 not too long ago — or 1 text message every 4 minutes for an entire month :surprised: []
  4. No “TMI” comments on this post :P []

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5 Comments

cowgirl
Nov 5, 2010 at 9:15 PM

I’m glad you blog! I my law blog is spurred mainly by my love of writing, and my procrastination of homework!


 
TDot
Nov 6, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Thanks :D Procrastination was/is probably a subliminal #5 for me :beatup:


 
Matt Hollowell
Nov 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

TDot,

Regardless of the reason(s) that you blog (all of which are very valid), it is simply a very smart thing that you do. Every post, every comment/response, and every link is a piece of your personal brand, and not enough law students have clued in on this yet. The majority of law students are present on Facebook, but very few would like that platform to fully represent themselves. Networking channels like LinkedIn and Martindale.com/Connected are great for participating in democratic discourse and for responding to content, but *creating* content is one of the best techniques to stand out in the crowd, and these days, standing out is highly important.

And for those readers who do not yet blog during their law-school years, realize that your personal brand is not always in-depth legal analysis or high-brow legal opinion; it’s about being real, being approachable, being discoverable, and being you.

TDot, didn’t mean to use your blog post as a platform to speak-out, but I hope others are inspired by your writings and realize that standing out, as you have, can lead to a strong reputation, great contacts, and a robust personal brand.

Also, I would add (at least as a consequence) “Longevity”. Assuming your site will not be part of an upcoming blawgpocalypse or deleted upon graduation, your insights will be present for many future law students to digest. That might not be a primary reason for you, but it’s a great consequence, imho.


 

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TDot
Nov 9, 2010 at 10:38 AM

@Matt: Good points, even if I didn’t think about them back when I got things started in August 2009 :beatup: Thanks for offering your perspective :)


 

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