During one of our recent webinars, “Networking Online – Using Social Media and Blogging to Build Relationships,” we learned how blogging and engaging on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, can help you to build relationships and generate a reputation as a trusted authority in your practice area from Kevin O’Keefe, former trial lawyer, founder of LexBlog, and blogger at Real Lawyers Have Blogs.
If you missed it, you can view the slide deck here to find out how to social media and blogging can help to launch your online networking efforts.
During the webinar, there were a number of great questions asked by attendees that Kevin didn’t have sufficient time to answer. Fortunately, he was kind enough to provide his answers. You can find the questions below and for his answers, head over Real Lawyers Have Blogs.
1) I have a blog on wordpress.org and I am having trouble growing a network and building relationships. I have been doing this since August. Is wordpress.org a good site for blogging, which is linked to my website?
2) How do you feel about using the same Twitter account for professional AND personal stuff? Should a “good” professional keep it separate?
3) What is the proper etiquette for sharing someone else’s article on your blog?
4) What do you mean by “give” in this context? Creating content? Forwarding other people’s content? How is the latter “giving?”
5) How much time out of a day do you estimate taking information in from these sources? Ex: blogs, news, Feedly, Flipboard etc…
6) With abundant availability of social media such as Facebook twitter, and LinkedIn, not to mention a blog site, is a personal/firm website really necessary?
7) If I’m already blogging regularly, then what else can I do to leverage?
8) How do you feel about LinkedIn’s premium paid service?
9) Please solve the debate. Should the blog be on the website or should it be separate?
10) If you only have 30 min /day to devote to the all of this – what should I be doing?
11) Do you think blogging about something your passionate about could turn people off and make them decide not to retain you if they disagree with your beliefs?
12) I just attended a CLE class on controlling ethics risks in social media, and it seems to be a thorny issue. Do you have any ‘golden rules’ to help avoid any common ethics trip-ups?