Blogman in the voice

Just listened to the interesting Kevin O'Keefe interview via's aggregated feed.  Yet another example, in my view, of how beneficial the addition of voice can be to one's blogging endeavours.  Presumably hundreds if not thousands read Kevin's blog, but those who haven't met him may have little idea of how he comes across "live".  Now, more or less, we know.  Great stuff.  An interesting interview well worth checking out if you're interested in legal blogging.

Blawgcast - Aggregated Podcasting

Many thanks to Evan Schaeffer (Notes from the (Legal) Underground) for his post today announcing Blawgcast, a new blog dedicated to blawgcasting (legal podcasting/podcasting for lawyers) which also has, thanks to delicious and feedburner, an aggregated feed of various people's legal podcasts - all hosted by Kevin J Heller and Evan Schaeffer himself.  The blog promises to provide interesting commentary, technical and otherwise, on podcasting by lawyers.  There's also a text feed.  Well worth adding this feed to your aggregator I reckon.  I certainly have. 

At the moment there seems to be only one aggregated feed.  If "blawgcasting" takes off, I suspect  there'll be a need for multiple aggregated feeds (categorised by subject/state/whatever), and all assuming the podcasters' consent. 

A great and interesting initiative.  Perhaps I've missed something somewhere, but it's the first time I've seen an aggregated podcast like this.  Come to think of it, it's the first aggregated podcast I've seen, full stop (not that I've been looking for them though).  Not long before Adam Curry talks about this one I suspect.

Another rambling.  Happy Easter.


Thanks to Kevin O'Keefe for pointing us to Eric Rice/Audioblog's screencast on how to podcast using Audioblog.  I just checked this out and it looks like an excellent service for those wanting to explore podcasting without dipping their hands into any technical complexity whatsoever.  That's not to say that podcasting is difficult - it's not - but a busy lawyer, for example, wanting to create podcasts and a podcast feed quickly may well appreciate the simplicity of what Audioblog is offering.  Audioblog's monthly fee is low and its service straight-forward and user-friendly.   What's more, you don't need to have a blog or site with RSS feed to use Audioblog's podcasting service.

Let's say you're a lawyer using digital dictation with an option of recording to mp3 (which seems to be fairly commonplace these days).  You could dictate a note on a recent development or practical tip, upload it to Audioblog and, with a few clicks, create a podcast feed enclosing that file.  Simple, quick and painless.  If you don't use regular digital dictation, you can do the same thing by using Audioblog's phone-up-recording service or its web-based recording service. 

If you've a blog or other site with RSS feed and would prefer to get into podcasting for no monthly cost at all and minimal fuss, then Feedburner's SmartCast service is well worth a look.  Looks like it makes it easy for your feed to incorporate podcasts even if your regular blogging service doesn't readily accommodate them.

Exploring audio: Audioblog, Wired and Thievery Corporation

In an earlier post ("The benefits of audio and the relevance of legal blogs for referrals"), feedmelegal discussed an audio interview between lawyer George Wallace and Kevin O'Reilly, accessible via Mr Wallace's blog. Among other things, feedmelegal said: "As for the technical side of the equation, it's really not that complicated [to post audio to a blog], whether you want to record an mp3 file (for example) and add it to your own blog or use a third party audio service."

Just to show how simple it is, here you can listen to Thievery Corporation's track "DC 3000". Copyright infringement? No, because TC have released this track on The Wired CD (check out the November 2004 edition, or see pursuant to a Creative Commons Sampling Plus license, under which "noncommercial copying and distribution ... of the entire work are ... allowed". So, thanks to Audioblog for the technology, to Wired, to the great minds behind the Creative Commons licenses and, above all, to Thievery Corporation, for making this all possible. Happy listening.

The benefits of audio and the relevance of legal blogs for referrals

George Wallace’s legal blog, Declarations and Exclusions (“news and comment on California Insurance and Professional Liability Law (and other legal topics)”), has just posted a link to a streaming audio file of his interview with Kevin O’Reilly of the Insurance Journal. The interview includes a brief discussion of blogging on legal issues. To feedmelegal’s mind, the two most significant things about this interview are (1) its existence as an audio file and (2) a comment which Mr Wallace makes on his blog having led to useful exchanges with other professionals.

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