Should You Write About Losing?

You spent a week of long nights preparing for trial. You had everything ready — witnesses prepped, exhibits labelled, issues briefed. But at the end of the day, the verdict came in for the other side. Now what happens to that great idea you had about writing a blog post announcing your victory? Should you write about losing? Continue reading

Legal Linguist Joins the PatchWork Collective Coworking Space in Ferndale, Michigan

Writing can be a lonely profession. While some of the best writing happens behind closed doors, some of the best thinking happens collectively. That’s why I am excited to announce that Legal Linguist is joining the PatchWork Collective, a drop-in coworking space in Ferndale, Michigan. Continue reading

When, How, and Why to Send Out Your Press Release

Small business owners love to see their names in the papers – physically or online. But getting noticed by journalists doesn’t usually happen by accident. A well-written, and timed, press release can be the difference between obscurity and marketing success. Continue reading

Making the Most of Case Summaries on Your Law Blog

Case summaries from recently published court decisions (yes, even the unpublished ones), are a rich source of content for your law blog. But they can all-to-easily turn into dry treatises that alienate your readers, or go over their heads. Here are three tips to make the most of case summaries on your law blog. Continue reading

When Emotion Can Get in the Way of Writing

Emotional conflict is a natural part of the law. Whether you are blogging about a controversial legal issue or responding to a pleading or email from an opposing counsel, you may find yourself wrapped up in an emotional response. But that emotion can get in the way of your writing, and in resolving your issues. Continue reading

Blogging Taught This “Pantser” to Plan

When it comes to fiction writing, the blank page has always been an invitation to me, rather than an obstacle. I have a unique ability to write linearly, flying by the seat of my pants and improvising as I go. Historically, I have never done must planning before pen hits page. But as I have gotten more serious about content strategies, blogging taught this “pantser” to plan. Continue reading

Tips for Writing High Readability Posts

A blog post is only as useful as it is readable. If you want your blog to drive paying clients to your law firm or small business, you need to be certain it gives readers value. That means they need to be able to read it without getting lost. But you work in a technical field. How can you, the trained professional, cut through the jargon and write high readability posts? Continue reading

The Flesch Reading Ease Readability Formula: What Is It And Why Should You Care?

If you use an SEO plug in like Yoost, you probably have been annoyed by a little red readability icon telling you your Flesch Reading Ease score is to high. The Flesch Reading Ease Readability Formula tells you how hard it is to read your post. Complicated writing comes easily to a lawyer. But can your readers keep up? Continue reading