Real Lawyers Have Blogs is 10 years old today : How I got started. I found this post by Kevin O'Keefe (see photo inset) about how the Real Lawyers Have Blogs blogging got started, fun and instructive. FutureLawyer was a stale website before 2005; primarily because I thought that I had to write 1000 word articles about legal technology and post them to the website via FTP. The website was difficult to update, so I didn't take the time to do it. The articles I wrote were long, and took a long time to write, so I didn't take the time to do it. Then, in 2005, I discovered TypePad, the blogging platform I still use today. Late that year, I attended a seminar in Chicago, and met Kevin O'Keefe. He spoke to a small group of us about Blogs, and I learned about RSS feeds, and other ways of pushing my stuff to the masses. I was, to say the least, inspired. I came back home and the FutureLawyer blog began in earnest. Kevin is probably the biggest influence in legal blogging, and I thank him for teaching me how to get started. FutureLawyer isn't a traditional law blog; it extends more to the use of technology in lawyering; but, it is a way to have a conversation with other lawyers and a broader audience. In that sense, it helps me to spread the word about the new publishing paradigm. (I know, I hate the word too; but, it fits here) Don't blog because somebody tells you to. Blog because you are passionate about something, and want to share your ideas. Don't market your blog. Do a good job with it, and it will market itself.