Over the nearly 16 years of this blog’s existence, it had just two homes. When I launched it in 2002, I published it on an early version of Google’s Blogger that supported hosting on non-Google servers. But in 2010, after Blogger decided to discontinue support for externally hosted blogs, I moved the blog to Justia, where it happily resided ever since.
Last week, LawSites moved to a new home, LexBlog, and with the move, it got a new look. As I announced last December, I have now joined LexBlog as publisher and editor-in-chief. LexBlog is, of course, in the business of publishing and hosting blogs, and has built a custom, WordPress-based platform that is specifically designed for legal professionals.
Soon after I joined the company in January, we began the migration. We hit a few speed bumps, partly because of the age of this blog, partly because of some customizations over the years, and partly because of the ad code used by Above The Law (which sells ads on my blog), but the top-notch staff at LexBlog got us over the bumps and made the move seamless.
The new design is much cleaner than before and, I think, more contemporary in its look. For the design, I am indebted to Brian Biddle, LexBlog’s art director. For working out the technical kinks, I can thank Jared Sulzdorf, LexBlog’s director of product development, and Scott Fennell, LexBlog’s resident WordPress wizard. And for actually executing the launch and making it all work seamlessly, I owe thanks to Aimee Wildstone, senior technical support specialist, and Kira Wilson, technical support specialist.
Two notes for regular readers:
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If you have any thoughts or suggestions regarding the blog’s design and functionality, please let me know.
A Special Thanks to Justia
Thrilled as I am about my blog’s new home and new look, the move is bittersweet because of my high regard for Justia and everyone who works there.
As I explained in a 2010 post, when Blogger’s change of course made me think I might have to close my blog, Justia threw me a lifeline. Tim Stanley and Stacy Stern, the husband-and-wife team who own Justia, reached out with an offer I couldn’t refuse. They offered to help me migrate the blog to WordPress, create a new design, and host it — all for free.
I can’t say enough good things about the people at Justia. Sorry to say it, but in the legal websites and SEO market, there are some unscrupulous companies out there — overcharging and under delivering. Justia is just the opposite — fair, honest, effective, and responsive.
In addition to Tim and Stacy, I want to thank Vasu Kappettu, Justia’s CTO, for her extraordinary kindness, helpfulness and responsiveness over the years. I would always be surprised when I would send off a late-night or weekend request to fix some glitch on my blog, not expecting a reply until at least the next day, only to hear back from Vasu within moments. I also want to thank Nick Moline, senior software engineer at Justia, who was often the person who speedily and expertly fixed whatever glitches I encountered.
So thanks to my new colleagues at LexBlog — I am proud to be working with you. And thanks to my old friends at Justia — I am indebted for all your help.