This blog went live on February 26, 2009. Hard to believe, but I’ve been doing this for five years. Here are a few random observations about blogging on legal topics, or as the ABA Journal calls it, Blawgging.
1. Some people like to give bloggers homework- I appreciate it when someone lets me know about a verdict, significant decision or other piece of legal news. It’s a big help. But some people email me assignments. Stuff like, “go to Biloxi, dig through the court file on some complicated case and explain it to me on your blog.”
It’s interesting. People who give me homework are serious. They expect me to do it. Can’t imagine why I wouldn’t.
For these people, I’ve got a better idea. You do it.
2. Some people think I am what I write about- For instance, every once in a while I get a phone call or email from someone who thinks I’m running PERS. Look, I don’t know how much your PERS benefits are going to be. If your name is Justice [something], I guess I’d go run it down for you. Otherwise, your’re going to have to figure it out yourself.
3. The angriest comments are written by people who didn’t read the post- I’m convinced that people who leave the nastiest comments didn’t read the post. They read the title or scanned the post, and went straight to pissed off. That, or they are idiots. I’m not sure which.
4. Some people haven’t seen all the classic 80’s movies- This came as a bit of a shocker to me, but some people have never seen the classic comedies that I grew up with. I just assumed that everyone memorized the screenplay from Stripes when they were in the 9th grade.
In order to fully speak my language, you need to be familiar with the classic comedies from the late 70’s and 80’s. The blank stares I get from the under 30 lawyers when I quote a line from Caddyshack, Airplane or Animal House crack me up. The best is when I write a line from one of these movies and someone recognizes it and quotes the next or another line from the same movie. It’s nice to see when people are cultured.
5. I’m always getting weird emails offering to write a guest post- At least twice a month someone I’ve never heard of who is not from Mississippi emails me offering to write a guest post about “a topic that will interest [my] readers.” Without exception, their proposed topic has nothing to do with Mississippi litigation and would not interest my readers. I’m not sure what their angle is, but they have one.
6. I can’t spell- Not a newsflash to me. I started struggling with spelling in Mrs. Lampley’s fourth grade class back at Westminster Academy. Spell check is a savior, but it’s not infallible. It’s no good when I correctly spell the wrong word.
Come back Thursday for part 2 of this riveting series on reflections on blogging.