I could start this entry by waxing poetic about my time away, but that’s a bit boring, isn’t it?
My absence was because of all sorts of reasons. The prolotherapy regimen was a big one – five weeks of intense pain will cause anyone to fall off the map. But most importantly?
I started a new part-time job!
After I left my job as an attorney, I wasn’t sure whether I’d find anything that would fit my skills and aspirations. I loved to write and edit, and I had a law degree I wasn’t doing much with. Deep down I knew I wanted to help others like me, people who’d been decimated by accidents and who needed information but didn’t know where to find it or even where to begin. I thought I’d have to do that on my own time, though, and that any job would be a 9 to 5 time-suck that kept me from my true pursuits. That is, until I found Enjuris.
DISCLAIMER: Yes, I work for Enjuris. I don’t usually talk about my work here in more than vague terms because I don’t like to mix my personal and professional lives. However, my editor and I have talked about it at length. WT&C and Enjuris actually have the same audience and benefit from the same content, so why not give this a try? They gave me complete leeway with the writing. With that said, here we go!
Here’s some background: Enjuris is a new legal project. After a lengthy interview process – which included the most thorough background check I’ve ever had, they called everyone on my resume that was still alive – I got the job and jumped right in. It’s a remote position, which is magical, and I’m able to roll downstairs in my pajamas and work from the office or the living room at whatever odd hour I choose, as long as my week’s work is done by Friday afternoon.
Enjuris is a different kind of bird. It’s a personal injury law information site for people who have been in accidents, kind of like a Nolo or a FindLaw, with articles about different types of injuries, types of accidents, how to get through the litigation process, state-specific pieces, and a law firm directory. Many articles are still being written (that’s partially my job) and new content is being created every day.
However, the thing I love about Enjuris is that my editor is absolutely determined to make it a site that serves the accident victims first. And when I say that, I mean serve them first emotionally. She wants to provide information that will help them heal, not just information that will get them an insurance settlement. (Both are nice, to be fair.)
I guess that’s something I have yet to find. There are websites devoted to accident victims, and there are sites devoted to knowledge, but there aren’t hybrids. At least, there aren’t good ones. My editor has been open to every idea I throw at her. I have 12 years’ worth of pent-up ideas for websites and resources that I’ve wanted to implement on my own or with other people, but I haven’t had the time or money to make them happen.
On our weekly calls we brainstorm how to make the site more accessible, more people-friendly, more forward-facing, and more compassionate. We don’t want to just provide information people can get at Nolo. What’s the point in that? We want to provide that information and take the next step, which is helping that person get into a support group in their area or join an online collective for people with the same injuries. (Can you tell that I’m passionate about this?)
I think the difference is that most everyone at Enjuris is able to play a variation of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game. You know, think of any movie and within six movies, you can get to Kevin Bacon.
Here, within a few people you can get to someone who’s been in a horrible accident. My editor’s sister, for instance, suffered dreadful injuries in a motorcycle accident, which was featured on the Enjuris blog. It’s far more common than you’d think.
I can’t tell you how excited I am about this work. It feels like Jake Blues having his moment of truth about getting the band back together in The Blues Brothers. Enjuris takes every talent I have and puts them to good use. I write articles about personal injury accidents and how to recover from them as healthily as possible. I edit articles to clarify their intent and showcase their ideas. I use my legal background to make sure that anyone who comes to our site gets solid advice and knows what to do. Because I’ve been exactly where our readership has been (twice), I can write in a way that isn’t condescending or pandering.
I want to put everything I have into making this project as great as it can be. And readers, I want your input as well. You’ve been where I’ve been, and if you want to take a look at the site and tell me what you think, what you’d change, what you want, then please tell me. I welcome your feedback, as always!