Welcome to another post from our “Meet the FindLaw Team ” series. “Meet the FindLaw Team” provides insight into the day-to-day lives of our colleagues. Today we feature FindLaw Senior Writer, Consumer Content Steve Tanner. Get to know Steve by reading about his experiences at FindLaw below.
What is your current title?
Senior Writer, Consumer Content (Learn About the Law)
When did you join the FindLaw team and how did you get here?
I started at FindLaw as a contractor in October, 2009, writing for the newly created HyperLocal blog team. I then moved over to the Consumer Core Content team in January, 2011 and hired in-house in September, 2011.
My former profession as a journalist offered very few opportunities, so I pursued a paralegal degree in 2006. But I soon realized that the paralegal profession was not for me. So when I saw the ad for the FindLaw job, it really spoke to me.
What interests you most about lawyer marketing or your functional area?
Writing has been a lifelong passion and I've always found the law fascinating. I started out as a business journalist covering technology, finance and the culture of Silicon Valley (sometimes I would cover legal issues). A big part of my job was to write about complex subjects with authority but in a way that was still accessible to a larger audience, which also is the focus of Learn About the Law.
What I enjoy the most about my functional area is that our work directly helps thousands of regular people deal with very difficult life events. I like being able to help empower non-attorneys to make smart legal decisions.
What activities does your work day typically involve?
It really depends. Sometimes I'm spending hours fixing links and formatting errors, checking keywords, and focusing on the more technical SEO aspects of our content. Other times, I research a given legal topic and write new articles (or rewrite older ones). I also write for the FindLaw Insider blog (about one entry per month) and serve as the LATL liaison to the social media team by providing links to new and otherwise relevant content.
What are your interests outside of FindLaw?
I have two awesome, young children who keep me extremely busy. We like to jump on the trampoline, go hiking, ride bikes, do arts and crafts, play dolls, and other typical kid stuff. I also keep busy working on the house and tending our ever-expanding vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, grape vines, etc. When I have free time to myself (very rare!), I like to surf in the nearby Monterey Bay, mountain bike in the Santa Cruz Mountains, visit with friends, read, listen to music, and cook.
Compiled by Tanya Roth, FindLaw Audience Team