LawSites continues to be at the top of my list for Keeping Up With Interesting Legal Tech News. There are so many reasons so many of us link back to it. (There are other sites that will keep you abreast of the latest SCOTUS, Law and …, legal scholarship,and legal research news.)
My first (and truly sad) Oregon Legal Research blog post was written 9 years ago – and this is post number 3,122. I’ve come a long way since then, with lots of help from co-workers, managers, and most of all, the fabulous Legal Information to the Public people at Tim Stanley’s Justia, who brought us out of the blogging dark ages, with technical, hosting, and moral support.
We need to start planning for a 10th birthday celebration!
I love these kinds of blawger stories.
The hypothesis may also be supported by the experience of lawyers who post a lot of information on their websites and, contrary to popular belief that it is bad to “give it away free,” have found that it draws traffic to their websites and can attract clients.
However, woe to the attorney who blogs badly.
You have until December 21st, 2012, to vote for your favorite ABA Blawg 100 blogs.
Even if you don’t want to vote, the list is a great way to sample the current crop of blawgs to see what works for you and your practice (and sometimes your life). And, you might get some ideas for a blog of your own, an excellent way to get it out of your system (whatever “it” may be).
(No, our little niche blawg is not on the list, but the ones you will see on the list are super and of interest across borders – hmmm, Blawgs without Boarders are the best ones to make the cut :-)
I looked at my original blog Oregon Legal Research (OLR) description (aka header) (unchanged since I started blogging in October 2005) and gave a small shudder. I then read through a sampling of my OLR blog posts over the intervening years and wondered, “what HAS this OLR blog been about anyway?”
Here is my May 2008 rewrite (leaving room for future rewrites :-):
The “Oregon Legal Research” (OLR) blog explores the world through the (decidedly non-linear) mind of an Oregon public law librarian (and guests). Legal research tips, advice to the legal blawger/blogger, commentary on reading material (online and print), not a small amount of humor, and a few digressions will be included. A regional flavor will prevail, primarily Oregon and Portland-metro area, though the OLR bloggers reserve the right to post about places once lived and experiences savored – all with a legal research connection, of course (we can rise to that challenge!). [It has been edited a bit more to fit into the 500-word limit required by Blogger. Surely one doesn’t need more than 500!]
Do Blog Descriptions matter? Maybe. Some aggregators (e.g. here and here) include your blog’s description in their indexes, so to me, yes, it matters. Will it change the world? Probably not, but who knows? Maybe thinking about it, and asking other people to think about their own blog descriptions, will serve to raise the Blog World to new heights. (And now all I have to worry about is how to change the Old to the New on all those aggregator sites– tomorrow is another day.)
What do you tell lawyers who ask you about blogging? Top of my list are these:
· Read other lawyers blogs (the good, the bad, and the ugly – content and style matter)
· Read some of the best of the lawyers who write ABOUT blogging. I include these to start with, but there are others:
FAVORITE LAWYER BLOGS: For public law librarians, and in my case for county law librarians, serving the needs of our local solo and small law firm practitioners is a top priority so I try and keep up with news I can pass along to them. These are three of the lawyer blogs I check on practically a daily basis: http://www.lawbizblog.com/, http://myshingle.com/, and http://jimcalloway.typepad.com/lawpracticetips/. I’ll list other favorite lawyer blogs in a later post along with some terrific law librarian/legal research posts of use to all legal researchers.