This week we bring you a new installment of our Original Clawbies Winners Interview Series with these blogging insights from Allison Wolf. Wolf is president of lawyer coaching firm Shift Works Strategic Inc. in Vancouver, BC. She blogs at Shift Works’ Lawyer Coach Blog, at Slaw.ca, and at Attorney with a Life, a new collaborative blog she launched this past summer).
You’ve been blogging for more than a decade. Do you remember what prompted you to start blogging in the first place?
I was launching my coaching practice and wanted a part of that to be blogging.
Has blogging changed your professional or personal life? Can you share an anecdote or two?
Blogging is an essential part of my coaching practice. I am in a helping profession and I do that many different ways, some paid, some unpaid. Blogging about topics important to lawyers is another channel for helping.
How do you make the time to blog regularly? i.e., how does it fit into your schedule? Do you do it as part of your work day, write on evenings/weekends etc?
Blogging used to just happen when I felt like it! Now that I have launched the community blog attorneywithalife.com (for Canadian readers lawyerwithalife.ca) I have a schedule of contributions every month and I know I have to have my “Monday Morning Practice” up on the blog by Sunday night so I schedule that into my work week.
Where does your blogging inspiration come from? Do you use an RSS reader or social media to be alerted to topics of interest?
My inspiration comes from my life and from my coaching practice. I will sometimes write about challenges I am grappling with or with challenges I see many lawyers addressing. Other times I just am reading something inspiring in print or on-line and blog about that.
Do you mention your blog in your (firm website/faculty) biography?
I sure do! It’s an important part of what I do, and it allows people to get to know me virtually before we make a connection over the phone or in person.
What are you best tips for lawyers or other legal pros thinking of starting a blog, or struggling to maintain one?
You’ve got to like writing! That’s the BIG qualifier. And it helps if you are not a perfectionist about your writing. In fact, that is essential too. Otherwise you will drive yourself crazy. If you don’t want to start a blog but would like to contribute one, please consider writing for me at attorneywithalife.com. I am looking for lawyers who want to write about their personal interests – basketball, skiing, travel, yoga, cooking, whatever you really enjoy and would have fun writing about.
Thanks, Allison! This was the fourth installment of our Original Clawbies Winners Interview Series (previous bloggers featured were David Canton, Michael Geist, and Vincent Gautrais). Check back next Tuesday for our interview with David Fraser (a day early since Remembrance Day falls on the Wednesday).