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New Blog Design

This post is a test of my new blog redesign. A big thank you to Aaron and Dylan Lopez at Inno Software for the redesign and revamping of my blog and website and for being so great to work with. There’s still work for me to do, but the redesign is now live.

An even bigger thank you to Lance Long, who took care of my website and blog for many years before passing it on to Aaron and Dylan.

Happy Eleventh Birthday to DennisKennedy.Blog

Birthday Cake with PineappleEleven years ago today, with an allusion to Babylon 5 and the ideas that I needed to produce my own RSS feed and experiment with new types of writing, I launched this blog. I called the blog simply DennisKennedy.Blog.

Much has happened with me and this blog over those eleven years. I appreciate the positive responses my blog has always seemed to generate, the many doors it has opened and the great people it has introduced me to.

One of the most interesting criticisms I’ve consistently gotten over the years is that I have a tendency to anthropomorphize my blog. I think that criticism is somewhat overstated. My blog, on the other hand, thinks that criticism is, well, just crazy talk.

Earlier today, my blog and I were discussing where things stood at the 11-year mark. I mentioned that I had been feeling that I hadn’t been paying the blog as much attention as I wanted over the past year or so, even though my intentions were good. In my defense, I noted that it wasn’t like I wasn’t doing any else in my limited spare time – two new books, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers (Second Edition) and LinkedIn in One Hour, the Kennedy-Mighell Report Podcast (the 120th episode – on living in multiple tech worlds – just released), my ABA Journal tech column (the February column is on social media), speaking (e.g., at the upcoming 2014 ABA TECHSHOW) and webinars (e.g., the upcoming one on Top Tech Trends), the occasional article or interview, helping build the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center (check out the 2013 Tech Report) and Law Technology Today blog, and dabbling in social media. Not to forget the 10th edition of the Blawggie Awards.

That was not the best approach to take with a blog that was already feeling a little neglected.

I certainly got an earful from my blog – most of which would be unprintable – and the stinging and memorable comment that my blog felt it might as well write its own posts rather than wait on me. Message heard and understood. As they say, that opened up the communication channel and we discussed the future direction of the blog, put together an action plan, and made up in time to have some blawgiversary cake.

The plan is to redesign and revamp the website, with my blog becoming even more so the main focus of the site. That will take care of a current bug that affects the ability of users of some browsers to see new blog posts – the best way to read this blog for now is by subscribing to its RSS feed). The other content of the website will be drastically streamlined and updated, all with the idea of making it easier to access all the different things I’m doing, no matter where they are located.

This plan certainly made my blog happier – and me too. I’m talking with my web designer about the path forward and a timeline.

In the meantime, I’d certainly welcome any suggestions readers might have about revamping the site, especially portions that you want to see retained and brought up-to-date. I’m also curious whether there might be interest in a free ebook version of the entire blog archive. Let me know.

It’s been eleven great years. My blog and I hope to keep it going for many more. Thanks for being a great audience.

- Dennis and DennisKennedy.Blog

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers (Second Edition), the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version also available). Our previous book, Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, is also available (iBook version here). Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

Celebrating the Tenth Blawgiversary of DennisKennedy.Blog

Ten years ago (February 15, 2003), I launched this blog and it’s striking how much that has happened to me since can be traced to this blog.

The original post started with a reference to my favorite science fiction TV series, Babylon 5, and said:

And so it begins . . .

I realized the other day that I had first written about blogs well over a year ago. In fact, the rise of blogs was one of my 2002 predictions for legal technology in my annual legal tech predictions article. As I was working on updating my web site (http://www.denniskennedy.com), I finally decided that I had to have my own blog. Thanks to people like Jerry Lawson, Sabrina Pacifici, the Support Forum at MovableType.org, it’s finally here.

This blog, which I named DennisKennedy.Blog, was my early birthday present to myself in 2003 (my birthday is actually in two days, on the 17th). I saw it as a place to experiment with my writing and the best way to generate my own RSS feed (the feed was something I wanted much more than just a “blog” and blogging software was the easiest way to generate an RSS feed). Both of those reasons remain true today.

I also remember how, at the time, I had the feeling that whole blog thing had already happened and that I’d missed it. I’m always surprised by how much time it took me after I had started speaking and writing about blogs to launch my own blog.

One of the annual traditions on this blog is to have an extravagant blawgiversary (or blogiversary) celebration. Another thing I tend to do (which some have even criticized me for – little do they understand how close you can get to a blog after a few years) is to anthromorphize this blog.

I mention both things, because my blog has made it clear that it wants just a low-key, stay at home, no presents please blawgiversary for number 10. The blog is feeling a little introspective and contemplative on this occasion, as am I.

I will say, on my blog’s behalf, that it’s been a great ten years and we look forward to many more. There are so many people to thank and we appreciate all the readers over the years, especially those who have been reading since the beginning. We also want to give a big welcome to new readers.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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It’s Q & A Time for Rest of December at DennisKennedy.Blog

One of my longtime traditions at DennisKennedy.Blog is answering audience questions. This approach lets me catch up publicly on questions from readers I get by email, comments and otherwise and encourages current readers (like you) to ask their own questions.

It also gives me starting points for new blog posts. It’s been a little difficult for me to get back into the rhythm of blogging after the death of my mother last month (thank you everyone who sent their condolences and a big thank you especially to Rev. Bill Haworth at the Garrett Presbyterian Church ) and I’ve had a lot of other things going on as well.

Blogging has had to take a bit of a backseat lately, although I haven’t totally disappeared – some new articles from me that have appeared lately include: Talkin’ Tools: Smartphones, Tablets Walk the Walk, ‘Facing’ It: It Can Be Worth It to Join the Social Media Giant and, with Allison Shields, When lawyers ‘like’ Facebook: Using the site to attract and maintain clients. I’ve also been posting on Twitter and elsewhere on social media.

So, I’ve decided to run a new round of the Q & A format for this blog until at least the end of the month (perhaps longer, if the approach is popular).

The approach is simple. I’ll dip into the questions I’ve already gotten throughout the last few months and readers like you may submit questions for me through the usual channels – email at denniskennedyblog @ gmail . com, a comment left on this post or a subsequent post, or through Twitter (@dkennedyblog), or whatever other way you want to reach me.

As a general matter, I would expect the questions to be about legal technology and related topics (including blogging and social media, law practice management, and future of law practice), but feel free to ask about anything. I also hope others use the comments section to have conversations around the questions and answers.

As usual, I reserve the right not to answer all questions or, more likely, to answer an easier version of the question you ask me. Historically, I haven’t included names of the questioners and probably won’t this time either, but, if you are OK with me using your name, let me know that in your communication with your question.

It should be fun. Let me know what’s on your mind.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

Celebrating DennisKennedy.Blog’s Ninth Blogiversary (2012 Blawgiversary)

I launched DennisKennedy.Blog on February 15, 2003, as an early birthday present to myself. My birthday is February 17.

Among other things, my blogging style is noted for a tendency to over-anthropomorphize my blog. For example, this blog has its own Twitter account (@dkennedyblog). If truth be told, most longtime bloggers do consider their blogs as separate persons, but don’t like to admit that.

That said, this blog has a tendency to make a big deal about its birthday. My birthday usually gets way overshadowed by the blawgiversary activities of my blog. And I’m OK with that.

The annual tradition at this blog is to do a week-long blawgiversary extravaganza, including special announcements for blog readers (e.g., early bird discount for ABA TECHSHOW 2012 until February 19).

I’m taking a more low-key approach this year, even though there might be a surprise or two. However, I do like to shift the focus over to the readers. So, again this year, I’m continuing my annual tradition of offering to try to answer any reader questions I get over the next week and post as many answers as I can on the blog. (If you submit a question that you want a private answer to, please tell me when you submit the question.) Answering questions harkens back to the early days of this blog when I used to do “By Request” posts on a regular basis.

You may submit your questions by leaving a comment to this post, sending me an email (denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com – yes, my blog demanded that it have its own email address) or contacting me through my social media outlets.

I went back and looked at my post on February 15, 2003. It was:

And so it begins . . .

I realized the other day that I had first written about blogs well over a year ago. In fact, the rise of blogs was one of my 2002 predictions for legal technology in my annual legal tech predictions article.

As I was working on updating my web site (http://www.denniskennedy.com), I finally decided that I had to have my own blog.

Thanks to people like Jerry Lawson, Sabrina Pacifici, and the Support Forum at MovableType.org, it’s finally here.

Looking back, I’m more surprised by how long I took to start the blog than I am by how long it has lasted. When I started the blog, I remember my feeling that the whole blogging thing had already passed me by and I was way too late to the party. That’s funny now.

A big thank you to all my readers, fellow bloggers, and all who I have gotten to know as a result of this blogging experiment.

To new readers, my blog welcomes you, as do I.

Best wishes to all for another year,

Dennis

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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