New firm, new blog. That’s the story for tax attorney Lou Vlahos who joined Rivkin Radler LLP earlier this year and has just launched his brand new blog—TaxSlaw—”where those hungry for tax knowledge come to chow down.” While it’s a new blog for Vlahos, he is anything but a rookie legal blogger. A pillar of the legal blogging community since 2013, he joins Bob Ambrogi on This Week in Legal Blogging to share his experiences and advice on everything from endnotes in blog posts to effectively infusing humor into your writing.

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Episode Outline

  • 1:26 – What practice areas Vlahos covers
  • 3:13 – His past experience with blogging and why he is passionate about it
  • 6:04 – He did not get to take his old blog with him when he moved to a new firm
  • 7:58 – Why Vlahos includes endnotes in his blog posts
  • 9:42 – He’s taking a very similar approach with his new blog as he did with his old one
  • 11:21 – He tries to write in the same way he interacts with his clients, which often means including some humor in his posts
  • 18:27 – One difference from his old blog: the inclusion of cartoons
  • 20:31 – The reason he blogs is because it gives him personal satisfaction, but it has also helped him grow his profile
  • 24:14 – How he caters his blog posts to different audiences
  • 26:39 – His advice: get past the fear of pleasing others or feeling embarrassed by your posts, just go for it
  • 29:17 – You can’t fake your knowledge on the law in a blog post—stick to what you know
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Alec is an intern on LexBlog’s publishing team where he creates content for the company’s various digital platforms. A former radio news anchor, Alec brings both a background in journalism and a passion for law. Alec has the eventual goal of attending law…

Alec is an intern on LexBlog’s publishing team where he creates content for the company’s various digital platforms. A former radio news anchor, Alec brings both a background in journalism and a passion for law. Alec has the eventual goal of attending law school—and of course—starting his own law blog. His writing has been published in The Seattle Times and Crosscut.