June 28, 2006

Holiday

Posted in blogging, Uncategorized at 9:29 am by thelawthoughts

Even bloggers need a holiday! I’m off for five weeks on Sunday and, unless I get really bored at work tomorrow, I’m going to sign off until I get back.

Please keep me in your readers, or check back in a few weeks when I get back on deck!

Cheers all.

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June 21, 2006

Search Engine Direction

Posted in blogging at 1:52 pm by thelawthoughts

I had to share the following, and excuse me for being crass. The first person to come to this blog via a seach engine term searched for: 'meaning of "blowing smoke up your arse'.

Lovely. I'm glad I wrote that phrase in a post somewhere. Dear oh dear.

June 14, 2006

High Court Reporting

Posted in blogging, judgments and transcripts at 6:13 am by thelawthoughts

I toyed a while ago with the idea of reporting High Court cases as they happened (see the result here) but after discussions with some people it never quite got off the ground.

Does anybody think there is call for immediate discussion of every High Court judgment, as well as significant arguments (ie transcript reporting), or do people find it easier to find information from better sources?

Better still, is anybody interested in actually writing some case notes as the cases are handed down? Does anybody else actually offer this kind of information, other than people like Simon Evans?  

June 12, 2006

Blogroll

Posted in blogging at 10:41 am by thelawthoughts

I have updated my Blogroll, so now everyone can all see where I get my material. Apart from ABC and BBC newsfeeds, of course…

The John Howard Blog

Posted in blogging, politics, satire at 9:25 am by thelawthoughts

Love him or hate him, you have to read the PM's blog.

I never knew The Honourable was so funny! 

Blogging Software

Posted in blogging, random at 9:09 am by thelawthoughts

Having put out a lost of posts on WordPress in the last few days, I must say it leaves Blogger in the dust. It has massive functionality advantages, as well as providing the ability to see where visitors come from and what they are viewing. I used to use SiteMeter for that, but there seems little point here.

I have had at least 13 readers per day since I moved, which is much higher than usual. Yes, I was already aware not many people read this, no need to laugh. In any case, WordPress clearly provides better links to Technorati and gets posts out into the blogosphere much better than Google does.

What do people think? Are there any negative experiences to report from WordPress users? 

June 11, 2006

Citing Legal Blogs

Posted in blogging, judgments and transcripts, law reform at 7:23 am by thelawthoughts

Ian Best has put together an incredibly interesting list of citations in judgments to legal blogs.

Welcome to the future of legal scholarship. It is only a matter of time until judges here start to cite blogs by legal academics in Australia.

June 9, 2006

Some ‘How to Get Noticed’ Links

Posted in blogging at 6:29 am by thelawthoughts

For all you bloggers out there who are frustrated non-famous people, have a look at Seth Godin and Dave Pollard's posts about how to get noticed, and what the blogosphere wants.

Interesting to me is the presence of opposites in Godin's list. Blog about your kids, but don't. Blog on weekends to stand out in a smaller crowd, but blog on weekdays because there are more readers. I think it is summed up in another must – absorb all day, every day. Blog when you can. Blog when you think of something. Blog when a news article makes you so mad you want to throw your computer out of the window.

Because in the end, there are so many ways of being noticed that it only takes what works for you to catch on somehow, before you are in feedreaders everywhere. 

New Politician Blog

Posted in blogging, politics at 5:07 am by thelawthoughts

The Hon Penny Sharpe MLC, an Upper House member for NSW, has started a blog here.

Everybody should get behind politicians that start blogs, so that more of them will do it. And I mean genuine, grass roots contact kinds of blogs. This one by Malcolm Turnbull is fairly average, but at least it is out and about.

The more pollies get blogging, the more they hear you. The end result should be that a more genuinely representative and responsive democracy is created. No?