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Self-Censorship

Heidi Bond mentions why she's self-censoring more these days:

I used to post more about my professors. Last semester, I said very very little about them. No making fun of them. No talking about the ones I liked. In fact, class sort of disappeared from my discussions here. Mostly. I don't know who else reads my blog, really.

This self-consciousness has also included my discussions about work. I haven't even mentioned what city I'm in because I don't want to say something that might be misconstrued. I don't talk much about work, and what I will say is the barest version of what I could say.


I have to admit to sharing her consternation at the moment. There's so much that I'd like to say about work, but I don't blog anonymously, and even if I did, I'm not certain about the ethical rules with regards to such. I actually did post the slightest bit about my work yesterday--mentioning no clients, projects, or anything--and then struck it down, figuring it wasn't worth the risk.

As I've mentioned before, there's a lot of risks to blogging anonymously. And since that post proved very useful to a number of people over the year, I'd recommend that the rising 1L bloggers out there take a look. You may disagree, but it's worth considering how your blog will frame you.

There's risks to blogging under your own name, too, simply because you've put yourself out there with opinions. Although I think I was justified in doing so, writing about my recent Con Law disaster broke one of my time-honored rules: say nothing bad about a professor. When I posted, I was worried about that, and the fact that I'm certain a few of my interviewers in August will have read this blog.

But in the end, writing and publishing is a labour of love, and I'm not about to give it up. With any luck as many people will be charmed by my descriptions of travel as put off by the politics.

In the meantime, I think Heidi has a great opportunity, if she really felt like grasping it by the horns. Since she won't tell us what city she's working in, I think she should start describing her home as The City. Given her flair for writing, we could soon have the first noir law student blog on our hands.

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Don't sweat it. If I were you I'd put the blog on your resume. It's impressive.
well put. i'm the chick who gave heidi a hard time for listing her home address once.

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