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Thank you New York City Bar Association

October 9, 2008

New York City Bar Law Blog ProgramThanks to all the folks at the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) for hosting the blog panel presentation on Tuesday evening. Great job.

Thanks also to blogging Attorneys Scott Greenfield, Dan Clement, and Eric Turkewitz (going right to left, not in order of prominence Greenfield), my co-panelists. Well done guys.

The NYCBA doesn’t screw around. We covered a lot of ground for the 50 plus in attendance. The program went 3 hours strong running from 6 to 9 PM. From what I could tell from the re-runs of the debate, that’s more people than were attending live the Obama – McCain town hall forum that was running opposite of us.

We reviewed the basics of blogs, blog publishing platforms, better blogging practices, RSS and how to use it, the marketing of your blog, and little a social media. Even got into a little debate on topics such as what makes for a successful blog, whether lawyers will keep blogging, and the merits of using a blog for marketing. I suspect Turkewitz and Clement felt a little ‘stuck in the middle’ with Greenfield and I calling BS on the other.

Surprisingly no one in the audience was the user of RSS feeds and a newsreader. Even a couple years ago, I’d get a few RSS users in the crowd. Hope that’s not typical of all New York lawyers, you’re missing out on a powerful way to receive excellent information.

You may download a copy of PowerPoint we used here. As always, feel free to borrow as much or little of it as you like for your own presentation on law blogs. Also feel free to call or email me for additional information you may need or questions you have in preparing for presentations to your law firm or group.

A video recording of the presentation is coming out from the NYCBA. I still get people calling me saying they watched the whole 3 hour video from the program we did in ’06. I’m tempted to say get a life.

For you folks that haven’t seen the NYCBA building, check it out. Sits on 44th between 5th and 6th among old stand alone granite buildings like the Harvard club. Huge rotunda, marble steps, quite a place. We sure don’t have anything like that in Seattle where old is 75 years.

Also note that the Memphis Pork Ribs at Virgil’s Real Barbecue, where we headed afterwards, ain’t too bad either. The Virgil’s Ale was a little light by Seattle Micro-Brew standards.

Looking to bring me into your neighborhood to organize a blog panel presentation? Just holler. I’m easy. I’ll do it for a beer in most cases – even when I have to buy.

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