Last week was rough. Two instances of white police shooting black men, both with videos led up to several gunmen shooting 11 police officers, killing 5, during a protest. I have a lot of thoughts about all of this. A lot. But here’s why I’m not blogging my thoughts.
As a writer, I process my thoughts on the page. Whether in a journal, or on the computer screen, sometimes it takes the written word to help me really understand how I feel.
But that doesn’t mean I put those thoughts into the public sphere. Nor does it give the right or the authority to blog on every issue that catches my attention. I won’t be blogging on last week’s killings. And there are a few reasons why.
I do not spend much time researching the ins and outs of police policies. My thoughts are based on my own opinions, experiences, and the bits and pieces I pick up from various news articles. And we know how authoritative those can be on divisive issues. I would hate for someone to take something I believe as well-researched fact. Because it’s not. It’s just one woman’s opinion.
There was a very brief moment when I thought about becoming a police misconduct lawyer. It even made it onto the first version of my website when I first opened the doors of Schmidt Law Services. Every now and then I still get a call from someone looking to defend their rights against the cops. But what I learned very quickly in taking those calls is that I am no expert in police conduct. Nor do I want to be seen as one.
I have developed a professional blog that residents, clients, and even local journalists turn to for well reasoned positions on legal issues. I don’t want them to read my thoughts on my blog and take them for an expert opinion.
Nor do I want to connect Schmidt Law Services with keywords like police misconduct, arrest, or civil rights. I have made a branding choice to limit my practice to Family Law. A blog on something entirely unrelated could result in me fielding calls from people I can’t help for years to come.
I take up plenty of controversial issues on my blog. When I do, I try to do so in a way that is well-researched, authoritative, and based on my expertise as a lawyer. Because I can do none of those things about last week’s events, I will not be sharing my thoughts.
Lisa Schmidt is a writer for Legal Linguist. She writes blogs and web pages for law firms and small businesses. If your business needs fresh content for its website, contact Legal Linguist today to schedule a meeting.