Early Settlers in the Blawgosphere Begin to Turn 10 Years Old
Last month, The Volokh Conspiracy, which launched on April 10, 2002, celebrated its 10th birthday. On Sunday, May 6, Howard Bashman's How Appealing blog similarly turned 10 years old. Neither of these blogs can claim to be the oldest legal blog out there, as that distinction appears to be held by Walter Olson's Overlawyered blog, which launched on July 1, 1999 and will become the first blog teenager this summer. Other than outliers such as Overlawyered, however, the first wave of legal blogs really started to appear on the scene in late 2001 and 2002, and the recent birthdays marking a decade of blogging at The Volokh Conspiracy and How Appealing are just the beginning of many 10th birthdays that will be coming in 2012.
Back in 2007, Bob Ambrogi attempted to determine, in a post here at LBW, "Who Was the First Legal Blogger?" Ambrogi crowned Overlawyered with that title, and documented the birthdays of many of the other earliest legal blogs. Checking the archives of the longest-running legal bloggers that he knew of, Amrogi identified the following blog birthdates, from youngest to oldest -- notably, every one of the blogs below is still active:
- SCOTUSblog, Oct. 1, 2002
- Inter Alia, Aug. 18, 2002
- Jottings by an Employer's Lawyer, July 17, 2002
- TalkLeft, June 2002
- The Trademark Blog, May 18, 2002
- The Volokh Conspiracy appears to have started on April 10, 2002.
- The Shout, March 10, 2002
- Ernie the Attorney's first post was March 2, 2002.
- Bag and Baggage launched on Nov. 28, 2001.
- Rick Klau's first was, of all dates, Sept. 11, 2001.
- Instapundit's archives start on Aug. 8, 2001.
- Overlawyered launched on July 1, 1999.
Other notable legal blogs with birthdays coming up this year include Votelaw (July 4, 2002); Ambrogi's own LawSites blog (Nov. 19, 2002); and My Shingle (Dec. 2002).
UPDATE: Broc Romanek's excellent blog on corporate and securities law -- TheCorporateCounsel.net -- also turned 10 years old last week.
Posted by Bruce Carton on May 8, 2012 at 04:27 PM | Permalink
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