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The Benefits of Blogging: eDiscovery Trends

One of the highlights of the week for me last week at the ACEDS conference was the Law Student Blogger/Social Invitational pre-conference seminar where I was one of the speakers.  It was a great opportunity to share stories with some of my fellow bloggers in the industry whom I respect and admire.

Yesterday, Jason Krause posted a terrific write-up of the session on the ACEDS website (ACEDS Panel: The State of Legal Blogging in 2016) where he discussed some of the comments by the blogger panel (and included an interview that he conducted with Rob Robinson about the session).  While we didn’t have a lot of attendees for the session (damn you, Cyber Security seminar, for being so popular!), it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience sharing stories with Rob, Robin Thompson, Ari Kaplan and Tom O’Connor.  I have tremendous respect for each of my blogger colleagues that participated in that session and for other bloggers in the industry as well.

With over 1,400 lifetime posts (Tuesday was our 1,400th post) over more than 5 1/2 years, I can certainly attest to the benefits of blogging.  Having worked in the litigation support/eDiscovery industry assisting clients for over 25 years, I can say that my profile in the industry has been boosted far more by 5 1/2 years of blogging that it has by all of the years of client work.  If you’re a law student looking to make your mark, blogging is a great way to get noticed!

Another side benefit of regular blogging (and you cannot get more regular than daily, after all) is that it forces you to stay current on developments in the industry.  Having been “heads down” in client projects in the past for months at a time, I’ve been known to let my industry research lag during those stretches and have emerged having to play “catch up”.  When you blog regularly, you really have to stay current with developments in the industry and your appetite for knowledge is enhanced when you’re always looking for blog topics.  I’m grateful for that aspect that being a blogger provides.

Blogging can sometimes be circular, as well.  Craig Ball issues a new “EDNA” challenge on his blog a couple of weeks ago (to which CloudNine’s CEO Brad Jenkins provided a response) and then he discussed the various responses at a session at ACEDS (along with Tom and Tania Mabrey).  We covered his challenge, his post, and the session here a few days ago on this blog.  And, Rob (after covering Craig’s challenge as well several days ago), covered the session here (which includes a look at the slides from the session and is definitely worth checking out) on his Complex Discovery blog.  When it came to the “EDNA” challenge, blogging tied it all together!

Don’t forget that today I will be moderating a panel in Birmingham, Alabama!  The session is titled The New Rule 34(b):  Managing e-Discovery Requests, Objections & Other Fun Stuff and it will begin at 11:30AM CT.  Click on the link to attend in person in Birmingham (with CLE credit available) or via WebEx (no CLE credit available).  Should be a fun session!

So, what do you think?  Have you ever written a blog?  If so, what was your experience?  Please share any comments you might have with us or let us know if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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