How Web 2.0 Helps My Construction Practice

Originally posted 2009-07-20 09:00:00.

Twitter and Web 2.0When I started this blog back in December of 2008, I did so on a whim. I had heard that a blog was a good way to get ideas out there and that I could get some benefit, so I dove right in and charged ahead.

Before I started the blog, I had profiles in what I thought were all the “right” places, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, JDSupra, etc. but did not see much of a payoff.

All that changed shortly after I started to become active on Twitter and post regularly here at Construction Law Musings. Through these two resources, plus the exponential publication of them at LinkedIn and Facebook (not to mention posting at JDSupra) I have gained opportunities to speak, be published in print and had many other opportunities that never would have happened but for my active (and I emphasize this intentionally) participation in these forums. I now know attorneys and consultants across the country on whom I can lean for assistance.

In the last two weeks, I have presented at Kaplan University’s online seminar series (links here and here). Susan Cartier Liebel contacted me out of the blue to ask if I would join the faculty at Solo Practice University (of course I said yes), and I have made friendships both in and out of Richmond that have helped me along the way. All of this helps my construction practice “on the ground.”

I want to first say that I am glad I dove in and that I truly appreciate all of the assistance, advice and friendship that I have gotten on this journey. Without my active participation and your comments and suggestions, I would not feel the success that I feel now. I appreciate the Guest Posts, comments and participation that Musings has engendered and look forward to keeping this conversation going.

While Web 2.0 is not for everyone, I am sure enjoying the ride.

Please join this conversation and add your experiences with Web 2.0 with a comment below and subscribe to keep up with this and other Musings.

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20 Responses to How Web 2.0 Helps My Construction Practice
  1. Anonymous
    July 21, 2009 | 3:57 PM

    So who would you recommend one should follow on Twitter to read expert analysis on construction law?

  2. Christopher G. Hill
    July 21, 2009 | 4:08 PM

    Check out this list at JDSupra http://bit.ly/jKnZx

  3. Tim Hughes
    July 24, 2009 | 1:11 PM

    Looking forward to joining you in the blogging ranks here soon … we will see about twitter LOL!

  4. Christopher G. Hill
    July 24, 2009 | 8:58 PM

    I look forward to the blog. Twitter is a great way to get the blogging word out also. Let me know if you have any questions about any of this that you think I can help you out with.

  5. Tim Hughes
    July 27, 2009 | 11:04 AM

    I have a feeling you and Mr. Cheatham will be hearing from me a lot,
    Tim

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  7. Collier Ward
    Twitter:
    October 22, 2009 | 10:30 PM

    Christopher;
    I’ve been looking for success stories such as yours in my field – architecture. In my blog, Building Content, I enourage practicing architects to leverage the New Media the way you describe. Perhaps I can showcase your experience for my audience. We desiner types always benefit from a clear picture!

    I’m glad we met via Twitter and have these platforms from which to communicate.
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  8. Christopher G. Hill
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    October 23, 2009 | 8:13 AM

    Thanks for the comment Collier. I look forward to following your blog. Let me know about your interest in Guest Post Friday.
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I am a construction lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, a LEED AP, and have been nominated by my peers to Virginia's Legal Elite in Construction Law on multiple occasions. I provide advice and assistance with mechanic's liens, contract review and consulting, occupational safety issues (VOSH and OSHA), and risk management for construction professionals.

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