Last week, I poked a little at some BigLaw blogs that had seemingly died from neglect. The posting got some attention around the Blogosphere, and over the next couple of days I got some phone calls and emails from some of the firms I listed as having “dead” or “dying” blogs. The general consensus from those that contacted me was “Crap!” and “Geez, Greg… you should see them scrambling around here to bring these blogs back to life!” So, I thought that after a week or so, I’d go back through the list to see which ones hit their blogs with the “defibrillator paddles” and brought them back to life. And — viola — there were a couple!!

As it turns out, neither of these blogs were from the people that contacted me right after the initial list came out. Hopefully, this means that there will be more that will come back from the grave.
Some other updates
  • Nixon Peabody’s Financial Recovery Blog is now a password protected site. Maybe they decided that it could only live if placed behind the protection of a firewall??
  • Saul Ewing’s Climate Change blog now points to one of those generic “we’re sitting on your URL name, but will sell it to you for enough money if you want it back” sites. It was also removed from their list of publications from their website.
  • I wonder how many of the deaths could be attributed to the time of year? No not a cold snap, but that end of year rush both in work and at home leaving the blogging to ease?

    I know from my own blog that the past few weeks on the run up to Christmas have seen my blog posts slow compared to the rest of the year.

  • Jason,

    Maybe it is due to the time of year. That's why I set the bar at no post for over one month. Most of the 73 blogs that I listed are not coming back… even at Easter time. But, I think that some of the ones that haven't published in the past couple of months may make a return early next year.

  • A blog requires flexibility, and some level of spontaneity. Something that is lacking in large institutions that have to run each word they publish with so many departments.

  • From what I've seen, the best law related blogs have posts on a consistent basis and by only 1-3 actual members of the law firm.
    I have seen firms that hire bloggers, typically the content is not great.

    The best blogs have contributions from people who really believe, and are not doing as a job description.

    If you look at the blogroll sections for law firms of many blog designing companies – and go to the blogs you'll see the same effect – most are not published regularly.