My last 'hurdle' post was about getting your facts right...facts are great but often you don't know what you don't know and the more you know, the more you know!
I mentioned in an early post today, about PMQ's, that its sometimes difficult to really understand something until you have your finger on its pulse. I compared a political commentator like Nick Robinson, with the average Joe watching PMQ's on the TV. Nick knows the MP's, their backgrounds, their personalities, their weaknesses and their strengths. He will understand relationships between senior figures. This gives him the background knowledge to see beyond the obvious, and this is what makes him great at analysing politics in general, and in this case PMQs.
My point; to be truly successful at something, be it blogging, law, or political analysis, the route to success is understanding both the bigger picture (wider reading, research, and developing relationships) AND the subject your studying (the face value stuff).
So to be a great analyst, which is what a good student of law should be, you need to move beyond the face value, to the bigger picture.
If i take my own advice, which i intend to do, the quality of my blogging analysis (where i can be bothered!) should take a quantum leap in the right direction.