Archiv für den Tag Dezember 27, 2004

What is a legal blog?

As we welcome the first Law Blog on KAYWA, it makes sense to define the term Law Blog in a very general way. After what was written here, I will this time quote from a mainstream type of law blog. But before continuing reading I urge everyone to make a detour via Larry Lessig and Donna – at least.

The word blog is a shorter version of the term weblog. It’s a Web site that is easily updated on a regular basis, has a high concentration of repeat visitors, has its content pushed to subscribers by RSS (really simple syndication) or email and allows for response and discussion from site visitors.

Well-run legal blogs usually focus tightly on one niche area of the law and/or jurisdiction. The aim is to provide the legal blog’s readers with a constantly renewing source of news and insight about that topic.

The publisher of a legal blog is generally an individual lawyer or a practice group in a law firm.

A legal blog establishes its author as a reliable, helpful authority on the subject matter, and builds and enhances the reputation of its publisher. Visitors often come to rely on information from the legal blog for quality information and commentary. For professional businesses, like lawyers, achieving this level of loyalty among visitors, the monetary rewards can be great.

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…and 2005 may be a more fractious year in the blogosphere

A Look Ahead by John Batelle

We will have a goat rodeo of sorts in the blogging/micropublishing/RSS world as commercial interests push into what many consider a „pure medium.“ I’ve seen this movie before, and it ends OK. But it’s important that the debate be full throated, and so far it looks to be shaping up that way. I’m already seeing these forces at work over at Boing Boing, and I am sure they will continue. We’ll all work on figuring out ways to stick to our principles and get paid at the same time, however, I expect that things might get more contentious before they get better, and 2005 may be a more fractious year in the blogosphere as we evolve through this process.


It will get harder to innovate before it gets easier. We’ll all be surprised by the lack of what we consider „progress“ in the RSS/Blogging world, and expectations of major publishing revenues will not materialize as quickly as perhaps we think they should. However, we’ll in fact be making huge strides in understanding the path forward, it just won’t seem like it. By the end of the year, the world will begin to realize that „blogs“ are in fact an extraordinarily heterogeneous ecosystem comprised of scores, if not hundreds, of different „types“ of sites.

Via Marc Canter