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Dear Kevin O'Keefe ...

Dear Kevin,

Please accept this belated get-well wish for your illness during ABA Techshow. No, no one told me you were sick. But I could read between the lines. How else to explain your total lack of liveblogging during your attendance at the event?

After all, it was you who wrote in January 2007 after LegalTech New York that the absence of liveblogging from legal technology events "speaks volumes of where our industry is when it comes to adopting new technologies." And after last year's ABA Techshow, which you did not attend, you again criticized those who did attend for the silence of their blogs, listing several good reasons why liveblogging is important. "We can talk a good talk about being tech savvy and hip," you wrote. "But our conduct lags behind other industries big time." Soon after, you leveled the same criticism against those who attended the Legal Marketing Association annual conference, describing attendees' lack of blogging as "a missed opportunity."

As you will recall, I disagreed with you that this lack of liveblogging spoke poorly of the industry. With so much to do and see and so little time at such a conference, I argued, "Why waste time in front of a computer screen?" As you will also recall, you quickly responded, pointing out that "people on the leading edges of technology are sharing their observations and insight in real time. The result is a live discourse between not only attendees, but also by bloggers around the country."

So, knowing you were at Techshow last week, I watched your blog, Real Lawyers Have Blogs, for your posts from Chicago. But I saw not one. Yes, Rob La Gatta, the journalist you employ to write for your blog, had several posts. But surely your earlier admonitions were not meant to argue that lawyers should hire journalists to blog on their behalves. Your posts clearly argued that the people who themselves are on the leading edges of technology should share their insights directly.

I can only conclude that some illness or other malady befell you there in the Windy City and kept you from your keyboard. There seemed to be something going around, as Dennis Kennedy likewise found himself sidelined from live blogging and even my colleague here at Legal Blog Watch, Carolyn Elefant, produced but one post, citing her own suffering from "a bit of a pain." I can only thank my lucky stars that I did not attend this year, for surely I would have caught the same disease. Of course, because I know you to be a thought leader who is on the leading edge of legal technology, I wish you a speedy recovery so that you will be fully able to liveblog from the next event you attend. Until then, all the best.

Your Blogging Buddy,
- Bob

P.S. I intend this post to tease, not criticize.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 18, 2008 at 11:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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