JUDITH’S DIVORCE BLOG BY JUDITH MIDDLETON
I am a retired divorce solicitor, previously a partner at Latimer Hinks and latterly a part-time consultant at Macks, both in Darlington. As a divorce practitioner I was accredited by Resolution as a family law specialist with particular specialisms in the areas of financial provision and pensions. I was a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer; a member of Resolution and also the regional spokesperson for Resolution Tees Valley. I have now retired in order to enjoy life to the full, pursue my leisure interests and take a course in interior design. I do, however, still blog about divorce and also now, retirement!
1) Tell us what your blog is about and what inspired its conception?
My blog started as an outlet for creativity denied to me by my professional work and also linked in with a quest by Latimer Hinks to promote the firm using the Internet and social media.
2) Who is your ideal reader and what do you hope they can gain from your blog?
I hope that there is something for most people in my blog which seeks to normalise and find the humour in divorce.
3) Where do you see your blog in 5 years’ time and will the topic continue to be as prevalent in the same vein you have blogging about it?
Although a solicitor by profession I have tried to steer clear of giving advice on the law and practice in my blog and instead relate it to anecdotes or experiences that I come across in my daily life. For that reason I believe that my blog will remain prevalent especially with no likely let up in the number of people who separate and/or divorce.
4) How do you continually find content for your blog?
I seek inspiration from all sources during my daily life including what I see and hear whilst out and about, reading books or newspapers or listening to the radio.
5) What opportunities has your blog provided you?
I have interacted with many more people that would otherwise be the case both through social media and in real life. My log is featured in a local newspaper and has been a reliable source of marketing.
6) Had you not been a divorce lawyer and been interested in the subject matter, do you think you would have a blogger (of any kind!) anyway?
Yes and I now blog separately about retirement.
7) What do your grown up children think about your blog and do you think it gives them a different perspective on marriage?
My children love being mentioned in the blog and then cringe in case anyone they know reads it. It has given them a level of understanding about my career that they would not otherwise have had ie that some really awful things happen to people and relationships, and that my job did have real benefit.
8) Do you have any advice for aspiring bloggers?
If you have a creative bent or something important to say, the blogging platform is a potentially great way to reach out to thousands of readers. It is important to try to blog regularly but to be prepared for moments of “blogger block” especially when you are working hard at the day job and suffer from a lack of creativity or time as a result. I tend to write down ideas as they come to me in a notebook and use them later.
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