Happy blawgiversary to me!
I began what I then called an "experiment in cyberspace" on May 18, 2009. In that first post and in a couple of others that followed shortly thereafter I told a bit about myself and laid out something of a plan of things about which I figured I'd write.
It was an ambitious agenda. I've done some of it in depth, some of it in a glancing sort of way, and some of it pretty much not at all. The blog/blawg takes on a life of its own.
I began as I returned to private practice after close to 5 years as Legal Director of the ACLU of Ohio. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I hoped the blog would generate business. I'd be close to lying if I said that hope was satisfied. I'm aware of one case that came my way from the blog. I know of a couple of others that prospective clients reviewed while trying to decide who to call. (For all I know, lots of prospective clients read the thing and promptly scratch me off the list of potential counsel.) The blog costs me exactly nothing in cash, and given the teeny financial return, that's for the best.
The other reason I began writing this is that I missed the ACLU soapbox. I'm prone to opinions. I like to express them. And I like to write. This seems to be a natural.
Through yesterday, day 365 of the experiment, I'd put up 374 posts (this one is 375). That's a bit more than one a day. 374 little essays. Some that are more like research papers.
I've had crime victims read this and law enforcement victims. I've been read by cops and prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers and just plain folks. I've been threatened by Wayne Conley and spammed by some guy in the Phillipines.
I've made some good friends, although I've never met any of them. I've learned that there's a community of us out there. It's sometimes raucous, often cantankerous, remarkably supportive, damn smart, and something of an honor to be accepted into. I learn at least as much as I teach (do I teach at all?)
I've been having a blast.
Hope you have too.
I'd be honored if you'd stick around for year 2.