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When it comes to legal blogs, there is good news and bad news.
The good news is that there are many thousands of legal professionals who write blogs. They write about breaking court decisions, newly filed lawsuits and the latest regulatory actions. They provide perspective on emerging trends. They offer tips to both colleagues and clients.
The bad news is that all this stuff is not all that easy to find. If you have an interest in following a particular topic or jurisdiction, or in just following legal blogs in general, you’d have to spend precious time beating the bushes to find the most-relevant blogs, hope that you find the ones that matter, and then check in on them regularly.
It’s bad news for the bloggers, as well. Reaching new readers and building an audience is not easy. You labor at writing your blog and then labor at finding readers who are interested in what you have to say.
Imagine if the legal bloggers of the world united, in a single platform that aggregates all their posts, organizes them into topic-specific channels, and highlights the must-reads. Readers would be able to find the posts that matter to them. Bloggers would be able to reach the readers interested in their subject.
Well, welcome to LexBlog.com. This week, LexBlog formally launched something we’ve been working on for almost a year – a first-of-its-kind global news and commentary network, delivering timely and targeted articles from legal bloggers throughout the world.
The idea truly is to unite legal bloggers in a single platform. Any legal blogger is welcome to add a blog to the network, and any reader is free to access the network, with no subscription or payment required.
Already, some 19,000 legal bloggers participate – lawyers, law professors, law librarians, law students, legal-industry executives, legal marketers, legal consultants, legal technologists and others, providing news, insights and analysis on virtually every legal and practice topic. The network includes:
- Featured articles curated by LexBlog editors throughout the day.
- Real-time feeds of all articles from member blogs across the world.
- Real-time feeds of targeted articles arranged by legal channels.
- RSS and email subscriptions to channel and blog updates.
- Profiles of each blogger, including the blogs to which they contribute and their recent posts.
- Profiles of the law firms and institutions that publish blogs, including all the blogs they support, all their blog authors, and the recent posts from across all their blogs.