Law students and new lawyer/entrepreneurs can benefit by knowing how to set up a blog without paying a web designer a ton of money and without knowing a whole lot about web mastering. Here are can’t-fail tips for getting up and running with your blog in no time.
Be sure to make a commitment to keep up your law student blog, it will propagate itself as you add content, and you can share it with people by a variety of social sites. If you build it, and you write quality, they will come. However, Neither Rome, nor good blogs were built in a day.
What’s the Best Way to Set Up a Blog?
One elegant solution is WordPress, self-hosted. You get almost total control without needing much in the way of tech knowledge. There IS a learning curve, but it’s quite do-able. You’ll need your own domain, also known as a url. Like www.mybartutor.com, our domain for this blog.
- First thing to do is to come up with a url that suits your topic. Maybe it’s your name.com or maybe a key phrase that represents your theme. Something like, SurviveLawSchool.com You can check availability here: http://www.whois.net/
- Type the domain you’d like to have (including the .com or .net portion) into the box at WhoIs and click to check if that url is available.
- Once you find one you want, you’re on your way and can set up an account at WordPress.ORG – that’s where MyBarTutor lives.
Now If hosting your own domain seems like a big step at this point, go go WordPress.COM and start a free blog hosted by WordPress. Piece of cake. You don’t need your own domain. The instructions are clear and easy.
Blogger by Google is as easy as WordPress.com, though I find that Google’s documentation can sometimes be incomplete or hard to follow. Just go to the site and follow the directions. Some people like Blogger better than WordPress, some don’t. Try both, using two blogs and adding content little by little. You have nothing to lose and can always discontinue one or the other and port the content to the surviving blog.
If this still feels too challenging for your first outing, the very simplest thing to do is to sign up for a GooglePlus account (free) and blog directly into the posting sections. You will quickly find out if you want to commit to frequent writing or not. Our Google plus is here.
You can use Facebook as a blog, too, but it’s best to keep those entries on the short side.
This is a lot of info. Check out all the sites and see what you think. Above all, get yourself in to writing about your law school experiences or your legal career and entrepreneurship; it’s good for the soul and for the mind. and as a fringe benefit, when you head out to look for law jobs, the blog is a terrific resume addition.
Comment below and tell us what your experiences have been, or ask any questions you have. Once you get blogging, you’ll have a perfect outlet for your thoughts on law as a business or as a career — you can share your journey with readers and encourage others to put their work out there, too! You’ll be surprised at how much you learn by sharing information that matters to you.