February 13, 2007
Blawgers Discussion Issues
I'm helping to organize a roundtable discussion for blawgers (scheduled for March 28, 6-8pm at SCU--please email me if you're interested in coming). This got me thinking about topics I'd like to explore with other blawgers. My list:
* why do you blog?
* who is your intended audience?
* what is your favorite/most memorable blogging experience?
* how did you get into blogging?
* who are your favorite bloggers?
* what would do with your blog if you had more time?
* how would you characterize your blog voice/style?
* how are you dealing with comment/referral spam?
* what do you do to promote your blog?
* what are you using as a stats package?
* any luck with tools like Feedburner or a service that converts blog posts into an email alert?
* what's your philosophy for building/managing your blogroll?
* are there better ways to generate revenue than Google AdSense? Are you concerned about generating revenues from the blog?
* what are your experiences with podcasting and video?
* do you have any special tricks to sourcing content for your blog?
* are you getting any good business/referrals from the blog? How do you respond to requests for legal input from blog readers?
* how are you dealing with emails from litigants in the cases you blog about? (many of these emails want to relitigate the case via the blog)
* what are you doing to manage legal risk for comments, guest bloggers, joint bloggers? (recognizing that 47 USC 230 and other legal doctrines may limit liability here)
* what is your policy about taking down user comments? Accepting trackbacks?
* are you registering your copyrights? Should you? Have you registered as an OSP under 17 USC 512? Should you?
* how much research do you do before blogging on a topic? How much should you do?
* do you have insurance that covers your blogging? Does your malpractice insurance carrier care if you're blogging?
* what are law firm policies about attorney blogging? How do clients feel about blogging? Has a blog post been cited against you?
* what are the rules for company employees blogging, and are the rules different for in-house counsel (and should they be?)?
* are you concerned that blawging will be regulated as legal marketing?
* what disclosures do you make about your allegiances? What disclosures should be made?
If you have any other thoughts of topics you'd like to discuss, please email me.
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