To give readers a better view of the insight and commentary published by the LexBlog’s Network’s more than 7,000 authors, LexBlog has launched LXBN, a constantly-curated view of the Network’s best posts. For an explanation on how the publication came to be, here is Colin O’Keefe’s post on the publication.
In my time at LexBlog, I’ve written exactly 624 roundups assembling the LexBlog Network’s top ten posts of the day. Whether it be from the one of the three LexBlog offices over that time span, the lobby in the University of Montana School of Journalism or any number of hotels and coffee shops around the country—that is 624 times I’ve opened up my RSS reader and perused every post published to a LexBlog Network publication.
A few years ago, there were the occasional days when it was a struggle to find ten exceptionally strong posts—sometimes I was left to choose between hard-to-comprehend case law or something slightly too promotional when rounding out the last of the top ten.
But things have evolved significantly. Even on days without major legal news, it is almost impossible to limit the roundup to ten. When a piece of news the magnitude of Wal-Mart v. Dukes or the Casey Anthony verdict hits —forget it, I am forced to leave out a significant amount of insightful content.
At the beginning of the year, things started to reach a tipping point. The quality of the content produced across the LexBlog Network had reached such a high level that I wanted to find a way for everyone to visualize and connect with the Network as a whole.
Through the hard work of a lot of talented people at LexBlog, I think we’ve found that in LXBN, a constant view of content posted and shared by the LexBlog Network’s more than 850 publications and 7,000 authors. Reviewing every post individually, our editorial team scours those publications for unique and compelling content and highlights it throughout the day on LXBN .
With channels devoted to individual practice areas and a front page serving up the most timely and influential legal news, I believe LXBN provides a unique social look at the law through the eyes of some of the world’s best lawyers and law firms.
I encourage you to have a look and let us know what you think. Whether you are an avid blogger scouring for insightful publications and people to connect with, or possibly just a professional looking to stay up to speed on developments in privacy, employment law or any other number of subjects—I believe this can be a valuable resource. Whether you’re an experienced or novice blogger, LXBN can be used as a tool to find new content and subjects to discuss—or simply a way to find other publications to benchmark yours against.
As a blogger, one should always be looking for sources to engage and people to connect with. Used as a discovery tool, LXBN will give readers a look at the diverse range of perspectives and ideas that come across the LexBlog Network every day. One day it might be Cynthia Larose of AmLaw 200 firm Mintz Levin and former cyber crime prosecutor John Lacey offering their thoughts on the Sony Playstation Network’s catastrophic data breach while another day it may be the always-great Dan Schwartz and Littler’s Philip Gordon breaking down what employers should know about social media use; LXBN will give readers a view of all of it.
Again, if you have comments or questions, do let me know. I look forward to hearing what people think and hope to provide everyone with the same great view of the LexBlog Network I’ve had for the past few years.