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Legal blogging group highlights for the week of July 16-22, 2010

The Legal Blogging Group at LinkedIn is now 4,303 members strong. Here are the highlights from a very informative week.

A Minneapolis attorney asked, "I really love the polished look an image or photo gives a blog entry. However, I don’t have an enormous budget for buying images. Do you use free public domain images? What sources do you use?"

Thanks to everyone who responded with resources– here’s a compilation of your recommendations:

Free photo resources:

Inexpensive photo resources:

Other resources:

A UK employment lawyer posed a bold statement within this thread ("’professionals’ have told me that stock images ‘cheapen’ a blog’s appearance") and asked for others’ opinions. Most agreed that images, commercial or not, greatly improve blawgs. In the words of one legal blogger, "While I am sure none of us ever write anything, anyone might possibly consider boring, an image is an oasis in a desert of legal writing."

Conversation continues on older discussions. For example, a partner at a small New York firm started an interesting thread on comments in the discussion "Are you blogging off site, or is your blog part of your website?" by wondering "how to promote comments or engage your visitors in a legal blog." One member gave five recommendations:

1. controversial article

2. the question at the end "what do you think… "

3. I have a list of newsletter subscribers so I ask them to comment

4. once a month I answer their tax question

5. if the comment is worth I make an article from it.

For more reading on comments, Simple Justice and Spin Sucks have two worthwhile posts.

In news, Lawyerist profiles four blogs in the post 4 Successful Law Blog Case Studies. The main takeaway is that blogging takes time, but the business development payoffs are worth it. Coincidentally, three out of the four just so happen to be LexBlog blogs.

We’ve all occasionally experienced writer’s block. Geri Dreilling shares her Three Ways to Brainstorm New Topic Ideas to help you get back on track.

Finally, an immigration attorney announces that JD Supra Teams with LinkedIn so Users Can Share Legal Content. Lawyers can now link documents to their LinkedIn profiles, as well as their blogs, through this online legal repository.

Want to share your thoughts? Join the conversation at LinkedIn.