The American Bar Association now lists, on its home page, a link to "more than 1,000 legal blogs". Clicking it takes you to its American Bar Association Journal website, where you can find a comprehensive list of blawgs (or "blogs", as I say it) related to specialized legal topics or law practice management.
Of the dozens of classifications, those most related to the subject matter of this Blog would include: Elder Law (13); Tax Law (20); and Trusts & Estates (36). This Blog is included in two of those listings (the numbers indicate the total blogs listed); but it is not indexed under Tax Law.
Instead, based upon some review of past content, it is presently classified under these labels: •Elder Law •Trusts & Estates •States •Pennsylvania and •Solo / Small Firm.
On a separate page devoted to each listed blog, the ABA Journal staff summarizes the blog's purpose and its author's information. For example, the ABA Journal's summary page for the PA EE&F Law Blog is found here. However, I cannot see a direct link to the home page of a blog on the ABA Journal's summary page for it.
Also on its summary page is a chronological listing of recent postings made on that blog, along with text from the first few lines of the posting, as automatically provided by the "RSS" ("Really Simple Syndication") feed. Those individual postings can be accessed on the blog from the summary page.
Within each category, the ABA Journal lists rank the blogs by popularity "based on the number of times our readers have visited our descriptions of these blawgs." I don't know how data for such ranking could be derived reliably. So don't dismiss a blog found farther down on the list or favor only those at the top of the list.
On the list of Trusts & Estates blogs, the PA EE&F Law Blog presently is ranked at position 6 of 36; and on the list of Elder Law blogs, it is ranked at position 5 of 13. But, on both lists, I beat myself!
The PA HealthCare DecisionMaking website -- which I don't really consider a "blog" -- was listed as No. 4 of 36 on the "Trusts & Estates" list, and as No. 4 of 13 on the "Elder Law" list. The ABA Journal describes it here.
Interestingly, the sitemeter on the PA HC DM site does not reveal to me activity exceeding that on this Blog. Yet, given this attention, I resolve to make more "postings" & updates on PA HC DM, and I will add "labels" too.
There are other listings of law-related blogs on the subject areas of elder law, estate planning, & fiduciary administration.
- Justia's listing of legal blawgs includes "Estate Planning" blogs (31) and "Elder Law" blogs (15).
- Blawg.com's listing of legal blogs includes "Elder Law" (3) and "Taxation - Estate Planning" (8).
- ACTEC's list was described in my prior posting entitled "ACTEC Notes Blogs on T&E and Taxes" (07/23/07).
- The Law Professors Blog Network features the "Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog", by Prof. Gerry Beyer, and the "Elder Law Prof Blog", by Prof. Kim Dayton, both of which offer short lists of law blogs on these subject areas.
- Most such law blogs offer (as do I on this Blog) a list of recommended blogs by other authors or editors on similar topics.
Now, as to the writing of this Blog next week, I must apologize in advance. I may not make postings while I take a one-week vacation "down the 'shore" in New Jersey. I may not post again until after August 10th. . . . unless I find a high-speed connection somewhere.
If you feel depressed in my absence (yea, right) . . . read some other blogs, or the archives.
I should go on vacation more often.
During my absence last week, this PA EE&F Law Blog moved ahead of the PA HealthCare DecisionMaking website to No. 2 on the Elder Law list, and to No. 1 on the Trusts & Estates list. [Further update: On August 16, 2007 (my birthday), it was No. 1 on both lists.]
I'm sure it had something to do with the links that I included in this post. Still, I'll remember this fondly when the rankings change.
And the rankings will change. I learned that from Billy Joel, who wrote & sang "The Entertainer".
Dierdre R. Wheatley-Liss, Esq., of Parsippany, N.J., who authors the "You and Yours" Blawg noted my posting in her entry, dated August 5, 2007:
ABA Webite adds Blawg Directory - Must Bookmark
The PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog tipped me off that "The American Bar Association now lists, on its home page, a link to "more than 1,000 legal blogs".
This is a must bookmark site. * * *