The Four Ps of a Court Reporter Blog

These days it seems that everybody has a blog or a website, even court reporters. It stands to reason, then, that someone looking to hire a court reporting service would be well served to check out a company’s blog and see what kind of firm they are. And that’s exactly what happens with us. A lot of law firms are finding us right here on this website. Checking out our site (or any company’s website) is a good way to get some information before making that critical decision to use its service. And in our case, obviously, our service is providing court reporters, interpreters and videographers on a deposition.Some of the things to look for when checking out a court reporting firm’s site are:

  • Professionalism
  • Pride
  • Punctuation
  • Principles
The first thing to look for in a court reporter blog or website is professionalism. This refers to the general layout of the blog. Is it clean and easy-to-read? Does the blogger design the page efficiently? Are the buttons and links operable and functional? Follow some of these fundamental principles of design to examine blogs for professionalism.If a blog is clean and structured, for example, it is likely that the court reporter will also have those traits. Hiring a court reporter whose blog has a selection of non-functioning buttons and a jumbled background may not be the best idea, while hiring a court reporting firm whose blog is succinct and lucid will likely be a better option.

Does the blogger take pride in his or her court reporter blog? Pride in a blog can be demonstrated through the look and feel of the blog. Does the blogger publicize the blog or is it generally hidden from the public? Does the blogger update regularly or are the updates sparse and scattered? One can always tell the amount of pride someone takes in one’s work by examining it, so looking at a potential court reporting agency’s blog for clarity, reputation, and incidence of updates can be a good indicator into the type of court reporting service they are.

Punctuation refers to the general grammar and punctuation skill of the blogger. Are there frequent spelling errors or does the blogger use bad grammar? The spelling and wording of sentences or phrases is always a good indicator into the general language skills of a court reporting service. A court reporting agency’s website or blog with numerous errors, therefore, is not a good gauge as to an appropriate candidate for your next deposition.

Finally, does the blog express some sentiment of values? Does the court reporter blog display some sense of principles or values through the entries or does the writing appear insincere and insensitive? While one can’t judge a book by its cover, one can get a general sense of character through the way a person blogs. Examine blog entries for principles and morals to find an honest, conscientious court reporting firm.
Thursday, December 27, 2007

Todd Olivas

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and entrepreneur.
He founded TO&A in 2003.

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