My week started today with one of those delightful moments of insight that don’t happen often enough.
While I was still waking up, I realized that much of the effort, energy, and time I’ve been expending on Twitter would be much better spent on this blog. More specifically, I realized that my activity on Twitter could be a much more direct basis for the blog. And I realized that the change I had in mind would use my time and energy much more wisely while also improving the blog for you.
Here’s what I mean.
If you maintain any degree of presence at all on Twitter, you know that a great volume of information comes to you on Twitter in the form of links to information published on other sites. That’s certainly been happening to me. I follow people and businesses on Twitter specifically for the possibility of receiving interesting information from them.
So far, I’ve been selecting links that I think will interest my followers on Twitter, and then I retweet those links to my followers on Twitter, to my account on LinkedIn, and now to my account on Google Plus, too. On Twitter alone–where it all begins–this process can involve several minutes for each retweet so that I can summarize or comment on the information that’s at the link I’m retweeting. The process can take so long because often it’s quite difficult to squeeze both my comments and the basic information for the retweeted link into one tiny 140-character tweet.
One solution to this drain on my time and energy now seems obvious: Instead of spending so much time selecting and retweeting so many links to articles that I receive on Twitter, I can be even more selective in choosing links. Then I can use a choice few links for a regular blog post on “recent links of special interest” (or whatever regular heading I eventually choose for these posts). Many of my retweets on Twitter have related directly to Legal English for ESL attorneys, but many retweets also have not directly related to ESL Legal English. For me, this new kind of regular post on this blog would help to put my focus back where it belongs.
I’d like to say that I’ll publish such a post every week, but I’d rather wait and see if that pace is possible. At the moment, it seems very possible: as I write this post, I’ve already selected five “links of special interest” for ESL attorneys from just the past three days of posts that I’ve received on Twitter. All of these links directly help you to improve your written ESL Legal English. I should have plenty of material for such posts, then, but let’s wait and see.
In these new “links of interest” posts, I will introduce and comment on the selected links. Sometimes my commentary will be relatively neutral and just refer you to information that I think you might find valuable in your work to improve your written Legal English. Sometimes my commentary will be positive and refer you to information with which I agree and for which I think you should make time. And sometimes my commentary will be in some way negative, such as when I refer you to links that illustrate approaches to Legal English that differ from the rhetorical approach that I prefer.
You and I both should benefit from this change to the blog. We both will get the benefit of more regularity in the contents of posts: you will have a clearer idea of what to expect to read, and I will have a clearer idea of what to plan to write. You’ll also very likely receive more specific actions you can take to improve your written Legal English. And we both also should benefit simply from me having more time and energy to devote to the more in-depth posts that have become the norm on this blog. This last benefit will start to accrue this week as I continue drafting Parts 2 and 3 of the four-part series on formality.
I expect this change in the blog to take effect next week (i.e., the week of 11 March 2013).
Stay tuned . . . .