The Elephant in the #LawBlogs Room

The Elephant in the #LawBlogs Room

Have any blawgers seen an elephant in Chancery Lane?

I had the pleasure of attending the second #lawblogs event in London on 19th May.

The event has, not surprisingly, already been covered in blog posts by other attendees. The ones I have picked up on (there may be others) are:-

Michael Scutt: The Future of Legal Blogging

Dylan White: A tree in the forest and other important points from #lawblogs

Siobhain Butterworth: The death of blogging? Not for #lawblogs

Adam Wagner: Must lawyers blog and tweet?

James Wilson: The future of legal blogging

James Dean: Are law blogs for lawyers only? [NB The Times Paywall]

But was it all a bit ‘naval gazing-y’?

#LawBlogs Naval Gazing

A little bit, perhaps, but some interesting thoughts came from the room. I picked up on some of these as I tweeted live from the event:-

  • Exciting future #lawblogs
  • Explosion in legal blogging #lawblogs
  • Mainstream blogging – part of the conversation. Invites conversation/debate #lawblogs
  • Mainstream legal coverage gone downhill and online blawging taking its place #lawblogs
  • Blogging useful for why case ended up in court. Opens up the judicial process and not trial by media. #LawBlogs
  • Free access to legal advice. Something you used to have to pay for. Valuable resource. #LawBlogs
  • Can publish whenever you want. Not restricted by print cycle. #LawBlogs
  • Law of the land should be available to the public #LawBlogs
  • Can link to cases and statutes. # LawBlogs
  • If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it does it make a sound? Are we vibrations or sounds? #LawBlogs
  • Is anyone reading our #LawBlogs ?
  • Some people may be blogging in a vacuum but others are not. #LawBlogs
  • Retweets of blog posts show the interest in them #LawBlogs
  • About Quality writing and not worrying much about what others think. #LawBlogs
  • SEO a lot of nonsense #LawBlogs
  • Is the blawgosphere testosterone fueled? #LawBlogs
  • Sometimes reflection would be better than immediate comment? #LawBlogs
  • Journalism not difficult. Need to understand what the reader knows and does not know. #LawBlogs
  • Lawyers possibly in better position to understand journalism than journalists are to understand the law. #LawBlogs
  • Twitter good for breaking stories. #LawBlogs

I tweeted after the event that there was no real chat at #LawBlogs on blogging for Business Development. The response to this from David Allen Green was “thank God for that”.

I had suggested it as a topic before the event to #LawBlogs’ very own Oprah, Catrin Griffiths:-

A question for #LawBlogs

To be fair to Catrin I posted my question on Twitter not long before the start of the event and she may simply not have seen it. Furthermore, I could have put my hand up and asked the question myself. However, the discussion did come to a very abrupt end when Joshua Rozenberg had to go off to appear on Channel 4. I felt there was plenty of scope for the discussion to continue even without Joshua being with us. It did, of course, do so but in smaller groups over drinks after the main event. Which was most enjoyable.

I do wonder though whether blogging for law firm business development is the elephant in the #LawBlogs room. Lawyers are running businesses or are working in businesses. Do law blogs not assist those businesses? Perhaps they are trees falling in the forest that no one hears. However, as brought out in my last post, ‘Do clients search for a lawyer?‘, someone may hear them when they need to and search for them. Is SEO really therefore ‘nonsense’ as suggested at #LawBlogs?

Anyway, there will be another #LawBlogs and I trust that ‘the Grand Dame of legal journalism and a superb and engaging chair of #lawblogs‘ (per Neil Rose) will raise the topic then.

It has been suggested by Siobhain Butterworth that perhaps for next #LawBlogs there should be no panel just 1 or 2 moderators and lots of contributions. Sounds like a plan. Catrin staying in the moderator role with, if need be, an additional moderator (Siobhain perhaps) and an open floor. Alternatively, perhaps the moderator(s) plus  a panel of blawgers who will discuss the elephant? A big screen showing the #lawblogs Twitter stream would be good so that questions could be taken from those not able to travel to London for the event.

In the meantime what do you think? Is blogging for law firm business development the elephant in the #LawBlogs room?

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