The days are getting hotter and the blog posts are getting better and better. Seriously, it never gets any easier to select just 10 posts out of the hundreds that come out of our community each week. We feature some posts from law students alongside some seasoned veterans, touching on relevant topics such as OSHA citations, passport policy updates and regulating off-campus speech.
Write to the medium
We talk about headers a lot when it comes to blog posts because they’re a great way to divvy up your piece and make it more consumable. However, your approach to headers makes a big difference too. Margaret Houtz breaks her post up into four sections, and each one is labeled in a descriptive, clear manner—not just single words in a larger font. This makes finding the necessary information way easier—and you always want to make things easy for your audience. Available at Whistleblower Law Collaborative Blog and News.
It wouldn’t be a Top 10 without a direct COVID-related post or updates on OSHA. Anne Hall puts together this piece and leans on headers and images to make her post more aesthetically appealing. She begins talking a lot of numbers, statistics and data points—so including a chart is helpful for more visual learners. There’s no complex legal language and it’s a great example of writing a post for a more general audience. Available at Hall Benefits Law Blog.
Raymond Lahoud has a great writing voice, evident and recognizable in each piece he authors. This one is no different—he discusses the DOS’s new, gender-inclusive policies. Rather than just reporting on this change, he walks his audience through the reason it was necessary in the first place and his piece is ripe with quotes, organized sections and hyperlinked information. Available at Norris McLaughlin’s Immigration Lawyers Blog.
Bullet points are a great choice when opting to make your blog post more digestible—they’re just friendlier and overall more approachable. Annette Nellen of San Jose State University lists out what’s missing from Biden’s Build Back Better plan in a series of bullet points. She also hyperlinks to a separate blog post for additional information and encourages readers to let her know what they think. Available at 21st Century Taxation.
If you want people to read what you write, you have to write something interesting. This post by student Michaela Cappucci is a great example of that. She writes an interesting piece on the music industry, how they promote and commercialize music and how that’s been impacted by the global privacy law landscape. She takes readers through the history of these changing laws and how both California and the EU are big influences. Available at Wake Forest University School of Law’s Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law.
Alexandra Lapes and Tracey Levy sum up four of the most important mandates for private employers in Connecticut this past legislative season. Compiling all these laws together in one post rather than making separate ones is very beneficial to readers who need the information from all four mandates. They clearly list out when these laws are going into effect and what employers need to do before then. Available at Levy Employment Law Blog.
In this succinct, to-the-point, helpful post, James Hastings of Collen IP offers three specific reasons why healthcare brand should focus on their protection and monetization efforts. It’s an extremely relevant post for the blog its published to and sure to be extremely helpful for readers. He puts these pieces of advice in context of the past year and how COVID has increased competition in many sectors. Available at Healthcare Branding Law Guide.
Many bloggers underestimate the impact of a good guest post—but not the folks over at DLA Piper. Guest posts are a great way to shake up your blog’s content, form and build connections and even give yourself a breather from all that writing. Erin Sweeney, Anne Pachciarek and Mary Claire Blythe take over one of the firm’s blogs for this well-written piece on the Affordable Care Act’s relevancy for employers. Available at Israel Global Gateway.