Real Lawyers

Blogs, Media and Technology

On my blog, Real Lawyers, now in its 15th year, I share information, news and insight to help legal professionals looking to network online, whether it be via blogging or other social media.

In addition to my blog, I liberally share others’ insight on Twitter. Feel free to engage me there as well on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Twitter, by definition, is an online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as tweets.  In just twelve years, Twitter has changed journalism, business, politics and social networking in ways we could never have never predicted — mostly in a very positive way. Every state bar association, except one, is using Twitter. Many bars make their Twitter communications prominent on the front page of their website. Most invite people…
My COO, Garry Vander Voort’s post yesterday about MySpace’s deleting their user’s archived content should serve as a wake up a call to legal professionals publishing articles and blog posts to third party controlled systems. MySpace announced this week, that in addition to other content, over 50 million music tracks were lost.  Per MySpace: ”As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago…
The reason that some law firm IT and legal marketing folks aren’t fans of WordPress is that when they neglect to update it or make ill-advised use of plugins and themes WordPress becomes unsafe. It really is as simple as that. WordPress is one of the most, if not the most, stable, secure and highly performing content management solutions available to small and large law firms, whether it be for a blog, a microsite or…
As reported yesterday, WordPress now powers over 1/3rd of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs. Their market share has grown steadily over the last few years, going from 29.9% just one year ago to 33.4% today. WordPress isn’t just for individuals, small businesses or blogs. Over the years WordPress has become the CMS of choice for more and more people and companies. As various businesses use WordPress, the variety…
I don’t get word out from the factory floor often enough. I’ll try to do better. Our tech and development team worked weekends in February to upgrade LexBlog’s managed WordPress platform to PHP 7.2. PHP is a programming and scripting language to create dynamic interactive websites. WordPress is written using PHP as the scripting language. Like WordPress, PHP is also  Open Source and used by countless developers and managed platforms, worldwide. Why should you and…
Reviewing state bar association websites and their online publications, we’re finding that the vast majority do not include a listing of their member attorneys’ law blogs. There are exceptions. I gave a shoutout today to the State Bar of Arizona and veteran journalist and editor of the Arizona Attorney Magazine, Tim Eigo for their work in creating and running the Arizona Attorney Blog Network. https://twitter.com/kevinokeefe/status/1105978703689994245?s=12 Bar association websites, as they should, routinely list resources…
The World Wide Web is thirty years old today. The Internet may have existed for twenty years before the WWW, but it was not until English scientist Tim Berners-Lee brought us the Web So that documents and resources could be shared and linked to via Uniform Reosource Locators (URL’s). A year later, Berners-Lee brought us the first software to display web pages on terminals called the Line Mode Browser. It was not until 1993 when…
Bob Ambrogi made clear in his talk last week that the future of legal journalism is founded on law blogs. Law blogs, rather than treaditional legal journalism and reporting, are now the primary source for legal news, information and commentary. Law blogs whose content is now being aggregated and curated by LexBlog into a meaningful network of content and contributors segregated by channel, industries and topics. And which content is distributed via the Web, email…
The future of legal journalism is here and that future has arrived in the form of LexBlog.com, according to Bob Ambrogi, its Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, addressing a standing room only audience of about hundred and fifty in Chicago last Thursday evening. Speaking at the Chicago Legal Innovation and Tech meetup at Skadden, Ambrogi’s passion and vision were keenly on display. If there were any doubters of his message, Ambrogi pushed them over the top with…
If the cold of New York City weren’t enough, I am headed for another round in Chicago for the rest of the week. ABA TechShow is what’s in store. Entrepreneurs and innovators on both sides of the aisle. Startup and emerging growth tech companies run by entrepreneurs on one side. On the other side, lawyers operating smaller firms, who by necessity to effectively serve real people and crack the financial nut, are entrepreneurs in every…