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Back online – for LexBlog’s fifth year

LexBlog 4 yearsI’m back at you after a few days of no posting. Must have been the four year burn out. ;)

That’s right. Last Tuesday, April 15, was the four year anniversary of LexBlog.

You’d of thunk it? I remember early ’04 coming in for dinner out of my office in the garage (door for desktop resting on file cabinets under shop lamp) and telling my family I figured out what I was going to do – blogs for lawyers. Colin, our oldest, then 17, blurted out ‘Wow, like Segways, it’ll be a fad and we’ll go broke.’

We did all of 7 or 8 blogs in 2004. Can’t believe I had blind optimism that blogs were the perfect fit for lawyers and that as long as I evangelized the heck of lawyer blogs by blogging myself (had not a dime for other marketing and advertising) we’d be okay.

Did 60 or 70 more blogs in 2005. By 2006 we had the formation of a formidable team of design, tech, development, and service professionals.

By 2007 it was clear this was a business to grow by adding more talented team members and scaling operations for future growth. Also became clear that we could pull the business to cash flow positive without the assistance of a financial partner – something I wanted to do after a bad experience with venture capital folks with the last company I founded.

Today we’ve got about 350 blogs and 800 plus lawyers blogging on our platform. Each morning I get up and think ‘This sure beats working for a living.’

I get to share and exchange stories and ideas with you guys. People invite me to speak in nice places around the country. I get to meet some fabulous lawyers and business professionals. Get to work with innovative, driven, and fun teammates. It’s a hoot.

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t live out your dream. I’m walking proof that with nothing more than a little savings, a few credit cards, a supportive family, and caring team members that you can strike out on your own and build something to serve others.

To the next four years…

  • http://www.marlerblog.com Bill Marler

    As one of your first customers I want to thank you Kevin and Lexblog for providing a great service.

  • http://kevin.lexblog Kevin OKeefe

    Not only one of our first clients Bill, you were the first practicing lawyer I asked ‘what do you think of blogs as a marketing tool?’
    Over breakfast between Christmas and New Years in ’03 at the Streamliner Diner on Bainbridge Island you thought it made sense. Looking back at that breakfast, it’s clear neither one of us really knew what blogs were.
    And there ain’t no way we could have predicted a firm with 6 lawyers publishing 13 blogs like you guys do.
    Thanks for your support, it means a lot.

  • http://kmspace.blogspot.com Doug Cornelius

    Kevin -
    Congratulations on four years! It was great to have some face-to-face time last week.

  • http://www.rushonbusiness.com Rush Nigut

    Kevin:
    I always appreciated that you encouraged me long before I became a customer. I wish you and your team continued success!
    Rush

  • http://www.chicagoiplitigation.com R. David Donoghue

    Congratulations Kevin, to you and your team. I am proud to have shared nearly two of your four years with you.

  • http://www.stemlegal.com/strategyblog/ Steve Matthews

    Another congrats here Kevin. To be honest, I can’t think of another blogger that stays on message as well, or is as committed as you are. Your energy is inspiring.
    Cheers,
    Steve
    PS. At least you remembered your blogoversary. Without my wife involved, I’ve missed mine 2 years running. :)

  • http://www.spamnotes.com Venkat

    Congrats!

  • http://www.labovickinjurylawblog.com Juliet Sallette

    Happy Anniversary Kevin and the LexBlog Team… Time flies when you are having fun and doing great things. Everyone on your team is definitely doing all of the above. It would all not be possible without the true visionary, Kevin Okeefe, at the helm and all of the wonderful people on the Lexblog team. Where would legal blogging be without you?? Now That’s a scary thought…
    All the best and may you have many more successful years to come…
    Juliet

  • Ernie

    Congrats! Onward and upward, er, blogward.

  • http://www.myshingle.com Carolyn Elefant

    This birthday wish is late, but congrats on reaching 4 years on on your impressive growth.