I am the Worst Liveblogger Ever: A Report from ABA TECHSHOW 2008

I am the worst live-blogger ever.
As always, I come an event like ABA TECHSHOW 2008 with the good intentions of “covering” it on my blog. I admire greatly the bloggers who post frequent accounts of show happenings, incredibly-detailed notes of conference sessions and the like, making me feel part of an event that I could not intend.
“Hey, I should do that,” I think on my way to an event. And I map out ideas for how I can do it.
Ah, but, especially for me, good live blogging intentions never survive first contact with the actual event.
Inevitably, I decide that taking advantage of the opportunity to talk with people I don’t see often enough in person overrides all my liveblogging intentions.
Then, I end up putting together an early morning post or two that in no way “covers” what is happening at the event.
So, that’s where I find myself once again.
But, people always trump blogging whenever I have to choose. That’s the greatest part of being at ABA TECHSHOW.
However, even worse, I now realize that, in addittion to not live-blogging on my own blog, I’m also the guy who keeping the bloggers you want to read from TECHSHOW – Tom Mighell, Jim Calloway, Kevin O’Keefe and others – from getting the time to blog about this event. I’d feel doubly guilty about that, if I weren’t having so much fun getting to talk to the people whose blogs I read all the time and many other great people as well.
I’ve also convinced myself that I’m a more “reflective” blogger and my strength is in the posts I write where I have some time to think about things and to analyze them a bit. And I’m sticking to that story.
A few observations: great energy here, lots of people, and some new areas have caught my attention. I’ve also found myself in more interesting and productive blogging qua blogging conversations than I have been in for quite a while.
The part about TECHSHOW I love the most: constantly seeing the speakers (and some of the biggest names in legal tech) consistently making themselve accessible, answering questions, and providing amazing advice to people they meet.
It’s also incredibly exciting to see the launch of the book Tom Mighell and I wrote.
Speaking a two sessions today and much else to do, so expect continued light posting, but I’ll have some observations and analysis later.
In the meantime, I recommend following the TECHSHOW BUZZ (http://techshow.com/buzz) for aggregated coverage of the event and searching on the abatechshow2008 tag on Flickr for Adrian Linares’ great photos from the event (and, yes, we’re working on her to get her back on a regular posting schedule at her I Heart Tech blog).
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Now available: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.
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Catch the ABA TECHSHOW 2008 Buzz

Whether you are attending ABA TECHSHOW 2008 this week or not, you can follow what’s happening there at the new TECHSHOW Buzz site. It’s a combination of social media and other resources that will add a brand new layer to the conference experience, with Twitter, Flickr, Del.icio.us and other components. There’s also a combo RSS feed built on Yahoo Pipes technology.Congratulations to Tom Mighell (TECHSHOW chair), Fred Faulkner and the others involved in making this possible.
I’ve also set up an Unofficial ABA TECHSHOW 2008 Group on Facebook to test what Facebook can add to this process.
Looking forward to see readers there or virtually through TECHSHOW Buzz and other channels.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

Now available: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.
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Meet Me at ABA TECHSHOW

As I’ve mentioned, I’ll be speaking at ABA TECHSHOW this week and Tom Mighell and I’s book will be making its debut at the conference, so I’m really looking forward to being in Chicago later this week.
A number of people (well, more than one) have asked me about meeting up while at TECHSHOW.
The short answer is that I always make every effort to meet readers of this blog at any conference I’m attending. Despite my good intentions, it’s become obvious to me that I’m often talking to people (these events are the main chance I have to visit with many of my legal tech pals) and might not seem as approachable as I’d like to be, especially if I schedule meetings.
My recent approach has been to avoid scheduling meetings and simply suggest that readers of this blog come up and introduce yourself as a reader when you see me, and I can thank you for being a reader and we can talk. I’m also really excited about the idea of actually signing copies of the book at the show.
That said, here is an overview of my plans for TECHSHOW.
Wednesday evening – speaker reception. I do have a couple of scheduled events for Wednesday, but I’ll probably be around in the hotel common areas from time to time.
Thursday – Adriana Linares has talked me into volunteering significant time as a “conference concierge and probably a big exhibit hall day for me. I’ll also be at the reception and start the day with Tom Mighell’s introductory talk.
Friday – speaking in the afternoon, attending the ABA Journal’s Blawgs and Beer event, and Tom and I are hosting a “Taste of TECHSHOW” dinner at the Exposures Tapas Restaurant. I believe that up to 10 people can sign up for that dinner to talk about collaboration tools.
Saturday – I’ll be around all afternoon and Saturday afternoon is always one of my favorite times to hang out and talk with people.
I truly hope to see you at TECHSHOW. Remember that if you are in Chicago, you can get a one-day pass or even a free Exhibit Hall pass and see what’s going on in legal tech. But the best part of TECHSHOW is finding out how friendly and accessible the speakers are – TECHSHOW is definitely a conference where you learn a lot both in the sessions and in the hallways outside the sessions.
One last thing: I’ve started a Facebook Group called The Unofficial ABA TECHSHOW 2008 Group for people planning to be at TECHSHOW. Go ahead and sign up. Tom Mighell has also set up a number of other social networking opportunities for TECHSHOW attendees.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Now available: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.
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Links of the Week – March 9, 2008

Links of the Week is a regular feature on this blog where I list some of the most interesting links I’ve found during the previous week – sort of a “best of” from my Google Reader Shared Items. The idea is that I pick out a set of links that I might have wanted to write about or that I found especially thought-provoking or useful. I might or might not agree with the posts or items I link to, but I found them to be something I wanted to share.
In general, I’m just going to give a link to the item, without any explanation. I’ll try to do this every weekend, and I’ll include the latest additions to my 52 books in 52 weeks project.
This week’s links:
Sun GC’s updated “Reebok Rules”
Let’s Rethink LexThink!
1,000 True Fans
Into Thin Air
How Do I Build an Enforceable Online Agreement?
The Money Quote [A tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan - the source for the idea of my frequent use of "money quotes" in posts.]
Who Buys the iPhone for the Enterprise?
An easy way to get the text out of PDF documents
Is Law Firm IT Obsolete?
The US Economy and the Next ‘Big One’
Motherhood – the Key to Success
Solo Practice Doesn’t Mean Forever
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This Week’s Additions to 52 Books in 52 Weeks:
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Read the blog posts and RSS feed items I find most interesting on Google Reader Shared Items or subscribe to its RSS feed. High volume, but lots of interesting items that will get you thinking.
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Competitive Intelligence Roundtable Article

Just posted on the online version of the ABA’s Law Practice Magazine is one of the best articles I’ve ever been a part of. It’s called “Competitive Intelligence Roundtable: CI Tactics, Tools and Lessons to Be Learned.”
I asked a who’s who of experts on competitive intelligence in the practice of law (Mark Beese, David Bowerman, Cynthia Cheng Correia, Ann Lee Gibson, Mark Greene, Sabrina Pacifici and Meredith Williams) to participate in a roundtable discussion of the basics, practical tips and lessons learned about the use of competitive intelligence. To my delight, they all agreed to participate and the result is one heck of an article from which I learned a ton of things and so will you. I’m the article’s moderator and a quasi-participant.
In the same issue is Ann Lee Gibson’s How to Create and Use Competitive Intelligence: 45 Tips for Law Firms, a helpful CI primer to read as an intro to the roundtable article.
If you are familiar with CI, you’ll benefit from the wisdom of this group. If you don’t know anything about CI, these article will get you up and running. IF CI wa not on your radar, after you read these articles, it will be.
Highly recommended.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
Debuting at the 2008 ABA TECHSHOW: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.
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