This is part 2 in a two part series reflecting on my five years of blogging. Read part 1 of the series here.
7. Controversies are great for blogs- The heyday of Mississippi legal blogging was during the judicial bribery scandal. Reading blogs during that time period is what made me want to blog. Alas, we haven’t had anything that good to blog about since.
8. The blogging tip I hardly ever follow- Everything you read on blogging says you should put an image in your blog. But it’s a pain. Good images are hard to find. Sometimes when I go back to look at an old post, the image isn’t displaying anymore.
Due to these issues, I almost never add a picture. The main exception is the picture I use for a jury. It cracks me up because no jury looks like that. In a real jury, the posture is never that good, the men rarely wear jackets, people are usually heavier and, at all times, at least 25% of the jury looks completely uninterested. So every time you see this image in a post–and you’re going to see it a lot–it’s really just an inside joke to myself.
9. House of Cards is awesome- What does that have to do with blogging or Mississippi litigation? Nothing. So why am I writing it? See number 10.
10. I get to blog about what I want- To steal a quote by Kingfish I read a long time ago: “I’m not a wing-nut. I’m a wing-nut with a blog.” My interpretation of that is that part of this for me is to have fun. If I want to write about House of Cards or the Texas A&M band, I get to.
11. Occasionally, someone asks me to remove a post- Probably not a big surprise, but occasionally someone asks me to remove a post.
My favorite was when an attorney who lost a trial I blogged about on a Friday tracked me down on Sunday morning wanting me to remove the post. He hadn’t read it, had never read my blog, knew nothing about it. But someone told him there was a post up about his (modest) defeat, and he was freaking out. Incidentally, the post stayed up and is somewhere in the archives if you want to try to guess whose trial it was.
12. I’m not chasing page views- I admit it. Early on I obsessively monitored how many hits this blog was getting. For a while the views were doubling every month. It was kind of fun to watch, kind of like all the “charity” donations for Walt on Breaking Bad.
But it led to the temptation of posting about topics just to get page views. I didn’t like how this made me feel, so I stopped doing it. This means that if is a lawsuit that is the talk of the town, but is really a small or insignificant case, I’m probably not going to write about it. Particularly if the only thing that has happened has been the filing of a complaint.
If I was selling ads on my blog, I’d feel different about page views. But rather than making money from blogging, I pay to do it. So I’m going to write what I want and not keep up with page views.
13. Blogs may have a shelf life- How many times do people really want to read what I have to say about PERS, improving the jury system or more tort reform? For some people the answer is “none.” For others, there is probably a limit. Regular readers know what I think about the recurrent topics that I write about.
We need a new blogger’s delight case like Eaton v. Frisby. Here’s hoping we get one. It would be fun to blog about and great for whatever lawyers get the case.
14. Lawyers have anxiety– This post last month on lawyers and anxiety was the most popular post I’ve written measured by positive feedback. Many people reached out to me expressing thanks for writing the post. It seems to have struck a chord with many lawyers.
If you are a lawyer who doesn’t suffer from anxiety, read this blog regularly. No doubt my “Mr. Sunshine” disposition will get you seeing clearly about the trials and tribulations of lawyering.
15. Two hours per post- This is the answer to the question I am asked the most: how much time does it take? It takes me about an hour to write the average post. Like this one for instance. Add at least another hour per post in reading material and talking to people to try to keep up with what is going on in Mississippi litigation.