Same thing happened with law firms and websites in the mid to late '90's. Most firms saw no reason to have a website. By 2000, they all had firm websites. With blogs, it will not be all lawyers, but by 2010 the majority of lawyers will be publishing blogs. Those who begin now will be way ahead of the game in enhancing their reputation and growing their practice.
While I was not really tracking the legal web in the mid '90's, I am very inclined to agree with this statement. It takes a while for "old school" kind-of people to see the benefit and value of new technology and climb on board. Heck, I have done web programming for 6 years, and this is my first ever blog. Even I was skeptical of the value it could add to my career.
However, I began to think that maybe I would be able to establish myself in a niche and garner some respect among the blawgosphere (I like that word ). The principle is that earlier adopters will be more credible in the future and hopefully we will have a leg up on those who are dragging their feet right now.
And even if blogging doesn't help my career in this sense, it does other great things for me in the mean time. Of course, right now it is seriously distracting me from my exams.
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