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Denise Howell is a seasoned appellate and intellectual property litigator based in Los Angeles. Denise writes one of the first and most popular law-related blogs, Bag and Baggage, coined the term "blawg" and helped pioneer podcasting for lawyers. Microcontent obsessed since 2001, she is frequently quoted in the media on legal issues involving intellectual property and technology law. "Sound Policy" is Denise's show at IT Conversations, and it's also what she hopes results from the briefs she submits to court. Email Denise at

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Tom Mighell is Senior Counsel and Litigation Technology Support Coordinator at Cowles & Thompson in Dallas. He has published the Internet Legal Research Weekly newsletter since 2000 and blogged about the Internet and legal technology at Inter Alia since August of 2002. With Tom's singing, Ernie on guitar and Dennis' encylopedic knowledge of rock music, we may have the beginnings of a good band, if this whole blog thing doesn't work out. Email Tom at

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May 3, 2005

Re: Should Every Lawyer and Law Firm Have a Blog?

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Posted by Tom Mighell

The question here should really be, "Is it a Good Idea for Every Lawyer and Law Firm to Have a Blog?" The answer to that, I think, is yes. However, the answer to the question stated is "No." Blogging is not for everyone; if you are going to start a law-related weblog, be prepared to invest the time and energy necessary to making it a credible Web presence. Lawyers who either don't have the time to write posts, or who post very infrequently, should not undertake the effort. A poorly-maintained weblog understandably will have the opposite effect of a well-written, frequently updated weblog: the blogger will lose credibility with her/his audience.

In other words, don't just have a blog so you can say you have a blog.

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1. SnailPacedLawyer on May 3, 2005 2:22 PM writes...

WEll I just ran through the 600+ blawgs on blawg-ring's site, and a rough guess is that more than 50% of the sites listed are either 1)down 2)no longer maintained 3)last updated when stock was at $490 a share.

So many dead links. Why not just cancel the site?

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2. Denise Howell on May 3, 2005 3:22 PM writes...

>So many dead links. Why not just cancel the site?

Historical record? I'm still standing by my (conveniently pretty unverifiable) guess on the numbers. I think the directory situation here and in weblogging in general makes it difficult to ballpark the numbers, and wish someone would start a project like for law blogs. It would be at least useful, organized, and collaboratively maintained, if still only a slice of the whole picture.

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3. Tom Mighell on May 3, 2005 3:25 PM writes...

The Blawg Ring has not been updated in some time, and I agree it should be put down. But and Blawg Republic are still pretty current with the available law blogs.

I'm going to talk about this more in a future post, but I have been tracking the law blogs I have mentioned on Inter Alia for some time now, and I was amazed to find that over 80% are still active. More on that later.

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