If you go to the Contact tab, you’ll see that my Firm already has a website, I’m on LinkedIn, and I’ve got another blog. You may think to yourself, Claire, do you really need another website? Those “really need” questions are always tough to answer. I never know what to say to them. But, as my best attempt, here are the reasons I chose to start this site.
- After blogging for Ms. JD this year, I have a lot of internet content out there that I didn’t think was the best fit for my Firm website. Having recently started the Sixth Circuit School Law Blog, it made sense to have a place to consolidate everything in one central hub.
- Though I was initially a little worried about committing to the Writers in Residence program for Ms. JD, I have found that the more I write the more I want to write. This website has blogging capabilities, which means that if I think of something to write I can just do so and I don’t have to worry about finding a place to publish it. In other words, “It’s my website and I’ll write if I want to.”
- It was pretty easy and not that expensive. When I went to WordPress to look into purchasing the domain for the Sixth Circuit School Law Blog, I also searched for my own domain name out of curiosity. It was available and it really wasn’t that expensive to purchase, so I bought it. WordPress makes setting up a website pretty painless and it even has a chat function that helped guide me through the beginning phases. The hardest thing was getting some new profile pictures of myself, but I had Brenda Pottinger to help me with that.
- I just wanted to do it. This is kind of a big deal for me. I tend to overthink everything, but I am highly intuitive. On the few occasions when I just went with my gut and tried something new because I just felt compelled to try it, I have not regretted it. To the contrary, I have usually gotten more out of the experience than I initially anticipated.
- It gives me a new way to connect with friends and contacts. One of the most rewarding experiences from blogging this year was that I got to see friends and contacts react to my posts. Many times, I got reactions that I didn’t expect and it allowed me to see a new side of the people in my network. For an introvert like me, those connections really matter and I love the experience of forging new ones.
In short, here are my reasons and here goes nothing. I hope it’s fun. If you are a website guru and have any suggestions for me, I would love to hear from you.