Behind the times

By Nick Holmes on August 21, 2008
Filed under Blogging, Law blogs

Alex Wade in Times Online looks at blawging: “only a handful of legal practitioners maintain blogs”.

No way! Sure only a handful of law firms maintain firm-branded blogs, but as we on Binary Law all know, maybe half the hundreds of UK blawgs out there are by practitioners; and let’s not forget to mention the academics, pupils and others in the legal world who are blogging good stuff. Go make your case.


Not much different over here… *very* common for reporters to look at the top law firm websites, see zero links to firm sponsored blogs, and make the broad assumption that no one is blogging.

And then sometimes they get it right too…

by Steve Matthews on 21 August 2008 at 4:38 pm. #

Ah, I guess they follow Stem blog!

by Nick Holmes on 21 August 2008 at 5:26 pm. #

Not only that, but the reporter’s list of the ‘Best of the Blogs’ includes one, Law and Tax, that has not been updated since 8th February 2007, and only has a handful of entries overall.

Someone clearly hasn’t done their homework.

by Martin George on 21 August 2008 at 6:59 pm. #

Yea, and they claimed I rant. Sheesh, talk about inaccurate

by Geeklawyer on 21 August 2008 at 8:55 pm. #

@Martin. Quite.

by Nearly Legal on 21 August 2008 at 11:00 pm. #

Must’ve been a slow news day with a short deadline.

by Simon Deane-Johns on 22 August 2008 at 4:52 pm. #

Excellently shoddy article – minimal research… perhaps Wade could not be bothered to Wade through blogrolls…. it matters not… we know we are blogging… mind you, I really must try to address the issue of shoehorning a bit more law in – but at least my podcasts are vaguely sensible!

The question is…. was Geeklawyer involved in this!

A good bank holiday weekend to one and all.

I shall, of course, be cancelling my subscription to The Times :-)

by Charon QC on 23 August 2008 at 2:04 pm. #

Must try harder.

See me.

by Andrew Keogh on 25 August 2008 at 2:13 pm. #

The article`s persistent inaccuracies which have been chronicled in many of the posts before mine, quickly leads the more informed reader to give up altogether on reading the rest of it! Pity that the less informed readers will actually think that this is a reflection of the true state of play in the online world. Let`s hope that the next article on this topic will be based on solid and cogent research… Here is hoping!

by CyberPanda on 4 September 2008 at 8:59 pm. #

No Scots Law blawgs mentioned either, not even mine (sobs).

Iain Nisbet

by Iain Nisbet on 4 September 2008 at 9:56 pm. #

I’ve only just started a blog but it does appear that legal academics in the UK have been slower off the mark compared to their US peers. This said, I’m surprised that the excellent Scots Law News ( was not mentioned in The Times article.

by Robert Goddard on 4 September 2008 at 10:21 pm. #

No clinical negligence blawgs mentioned either.

…but I suppose thet can’t list everything

by Mike on 4 November 2008 at 11:44 pm. #