Top 10 most read blog posts on WardblawG this year: 2011

by WardBlawg on December 20, 2011

As we approach the end of another year, I thought it would be useful to announce the top 10 posts on in terms of traffic according to Google Analytics. They are as follows:-

1. Top 10 Linkedin Tips for Young Lawyers

My top ten tips for young lawyers looking to maximise their use of Linkedin, many of which will also apply to more senior solicitors and, indeed, other professionals. While it is appreciated that many readers of this post will already have realised the importance of Linkedin and may already be using it to full effect, it is hoped that there may be some tips here which may warrant further attention. This post was tweeted over 200 times and was Stumbled over 2,000 times, making it this year’s most popular post on the site.

2. Writing a Dissertation: First Class Law Dissertation

My honours dissertation “Protection of the Right to a Fair Trial and Civil Jurisdiction: Permitting Delay, Restricting Access and Recognising Incompatible Judgments”, together with tips on how to get a first for a law dissertation. While this was posted last November, the post has received the second highest volume of traffic on this site in 2011.

3. How to Study Law using Mindmaps

Article discussing how you can get a first class law degree by using mindmaps, including an example of one of my mindmaps used to revise for an e-commerce law exam. This was received over 50 retweets in the first day of publication.

4. WardblawG’s Top 10 tips for law firms and lawyers on twitter

My top 10 twitter tips for law firms and solicitors looking to get the most from Twitter. Unsurprisingly for an article about Twitter this was retweeted quite a lot and generated some useful discussion in the comments section.

5. Trainee Lawyer Tips: The Eleven Commandments

In a former life I was a trainee solicitor at one of the biggest commercial law firms in Scotland. Posted are eleven commandments which it would have been useful to follow from day one. Hopefully it has since prevented some potential trainee howlers.

6. Tommy Sheridan Sentenced: Live Court Tweeting in Scotland

Tommy Sheridan was jailed for three years following his conviction in December of committing perjury during his News of the World defamation action. Perhaps overshadowing the sentence itself, Wednesday 26 January 2011 saw the first ever tweets being broadcast live from within a courtroom in Scotland. I commented on the effectiveness of such tweeting while displaying examples. I was pleased to see this article being shared through social media by several journalists in Scotland.

7. Sheridan trial juror attempts to comment on Facebook

Analysis and discussion of the Sheridan trial juror’s comments on Facebook and their implications in the run up to Sheridan being sentenced. I also helped provide some grammatical suggestions for the juror concerned.

8. Margaret Aitken v Scottish Ambulance Service and Greater Glasgow Health Board [2011] CSOH 49

One from ScotsLawBlog: Margaret Aitken, a mother whose teenage daughter died through an epileptic seizure, succeeded in her first legal hurdle to suing the Scottish Ambulance Service and Greater Glasgow Health Board for damages following their alleged negligence. Interestingly, I’ve received an enquiry about a very similar situation through the blog and have now forwarded the enquiry to an expert personal injury lawyer in Scotland to take forward.

9. Ranking Law Firms on Twitter by Klout: When will it end?

Essentially a rant about why law firms on Twitter should not be ranked in terms of their influence by reference to Klout. The discussion included reference to Brian Inkster’s seminal work on the subject. It’s interesting to note that since this was published Klout has taken a bit of a nosedive in terms of popularity with several inconsistent changed to their alogrithm this year. It will be interesting to see what happens for Klout in 2012.

10. Oil Company Cairn Energy Secures Social Media Interdict Against Greenpeace

Another one from ScotsLawBlog: Cairn Energy obtained an interdict against Greenpeace earlier this year preventing them posting to Twitter or Facebook photos regarding their occupation of Cairn’s Edinburgh headquarters. I commented that the Scottish Court did exactly what Cairn’s lawyers asked it to do but that in terms of commercial decision making, Cairn probably got it wrong by pursuing the interdict.

Looking towards 2012

2011 has been another great year for WardblawG. One of the best achievements was ScotsLawBlog being named as one of LexisNexis’ top 25 international and foreign law blogs of 2011.

My blogging has expanded out to other sites, with most posts now being published on the Moore Legal Technology Law Firm Website, SEO & Social Media blog. For a look towards 2012 for your own blogging, please do see my post from yesterday: New Year’s Resolutions: Setting SMART Objectives for SEO.

And if you do wish to guest blog on any of my sites as displayed at the top of this site or if you’d like me to put you in touch with other legal professionals for guest blogging opportunities please do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope you have a great Christmas, Happy New Year and prosperous 2012.



Legal Blogger at WardBlawg
+Gavin Ward is the founder of WardBlawg, Director of YouBlawg Limited and Operations Director at Moore Legal Technology Limited, specialising in helping law firms, lawyers and businesses grow their businesses online and aiming to help get great legal content published and shared across the web. Gavin created this law blog or ‘blawg’ to aim to contribute useful updates, thoughts and advice to help law firms, businesses and the legal profession in the UK and across the world succeed both online and offline.

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