One tangible benefit to being a blawger is that it encourages distant friends and acquaintances to communicate more often. This additional communication strengthens relationships and solidifies professional networks. Four recent examples:
I had not met Rees Morrison of Law Department Management and Hildebrandt until he called me several weeks ago. Rees is a prolific blawger, not to mention a nice guy. I'm glad we had a chance to meet and compare notes on blogging.
Neil Squillante of Technolawyer fame e-mailed about my recent effective writing post, and introduced me to the writing concept of E-Prime and Finnegan, Henderson grammar guru C. Edward Good. I also note Neil has joined the blawosphere with his Technolawyer Blog. Congratulations on a great addition to the Technosphere!
My friend and favorite Indiana lawyer, Steve Terrell, recently e-mailed that he had made good on his promise at Techshow to start his blog, Hoosier Lawyer. A perfect launch, Steve!
D.C.-based health law expert, Alan Goldberg, with whom I've become acquainted over the past several years, is thinking of moving from his website to a blog. I've invited him to lunch, something I might not have done if he hadn't contacted me after visiting my blog.
It pays to Write My Blog!