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  Week of January 15, 2008
 

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The December 2007 issue of the ABA Journal set out to name the top 100 of the nearly 3,000 legal blogs (blawgs). I'm pleased to report that in the "business blawg" category, titled "Lawyer's Toolkit," our LawBizBlog was one of 18 singled out as being among the best, along with those of colleagues and friends like Bob Ambrogi (Lawsites), Carolyn Elefant (My Shingle), Larry Bodine (LawMarketing Blog) and Dennis Kennedy.
 
The ABA's summary comment about LawBizBlog was pithy but on point: "Ed Poll finds plenty to post about from his speaking schedule alone. He writes about outsourcing and the cold-hard-cash facts of starting—or ending—a law practice." And the Journal invites readers to go to www.abajournal.com and vote for their favorite blawgs among the Top 100. If you've enjoyed the insights provided in our blawg, I hope you'll consider voting for us.
 
The interesting phenomenon is that, not long ago, a mention by the ABA would have been authoritative enough. But now the fact that the ABA is asking the rest of the world to weigh in typifies what's being called "Web 2.0"—the trend toward interactivity on the Internet that is epitomized by the give and take between online users of blogs and social networking sites. The idea is that the Internet experience is far more meaningful if the visitor to a site is an active, participatory user rather than a passive viewer. I know this is true from my own experience with www.lawbizblog.com, even though the process can sometimes be bruising. Not long ago, for example, another blawger took offense at my belief that lawyers have a right to market their expertise as they see fit, ranting in reply that he was "sick and tired of those people whose view of the world is mercenary." (As someone who has trademarked the phrase, "The Business of Law┬«," I was more amused than offended.) On balance, the give-and-take of Web 2.0 makes it more enriching, and personally valuable. I hope, when it comes to LawBizTips and LawBizBlog, you agree.
 
Best wishes,
 
Ed Poll
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