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Blogging for Criminal Defense Law

By Jay Ruane and Jennifer Sanfilippo

The idea of “blogging” as a way for people to promote themselves online and also as a way to showcase their knowledge of the law is nothing new. Many attorneys use a blog either as a standalone item or as part of their practice’s web presence. The utilization of a blog has benefits, but also comes with some negatives, and thus one should be aware of both before embarking on such a project.

What is the history of blogging?
Jorn Barger coined the term “weblog” in 1997. The short form, “blog,” was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase “we blog” in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in 1999. Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used “blog” as both a noun and verb (“to blog,” meaning “to edit one’s weblog or to post to one’s weblog”) and devised the term “blogger” in connection with Pyra Labs’ Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms. Blogging took off in the early 2000s as a way for all sorts of people to shar

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