Blawg Review #144 is hosted at Cyberlaw Central by hobbit-like cyberlawyer Kevin Thompson, my precious.
It's not just a blog carnival; it's the law! ~ a fool in the forest
What makes great blogwriting?
A well written blog is a beautiful thing to read. When I hit upon a blog with great writing, I can spend hours digging into the archives, learning, laughing, getting to know a writer.On the award-winning law blog What About Clients? Dan Hull reviews Raymond Ward's Minor Wisdom. It's been quite a while since we've featured a law blog here on Blawg Review, and this review is too good not to quote in full:
Because a great blogwriter, in the end, is someone you want to be friends with. It’s someone interesting, someone who can tell a story and hold a great conversation and be fantastic company.
And he'd just say shucks. It's Sunday: the only day I spend any time alone, am quiet for long stretches, and won't yell at anyone. In my head and heart, where things can grow, I've bumped Ray Ward's Minor Wisdom from the #11 spot to #1 on my best blogs/blawgs/sites/all on-line and electronic magazines. This is All Categories, All Professions, All Nations, All Tribes, All Humans, All Life, All-Cosmos. I've seen the light, having waited for a vision to deliver me. Minor Wisdom has beyond lawyerness: spiritual, literary, musical, political, brave, human, personal and get-off-your-ass. And he's one of the few Jesuit-educated humans who makes it all sounds like damn fun. His blog is so much better than every lawyer blog I've seen--including this one--that it makes me want to write full time, even if I starve ("purity of the heart is to will one thing"...). Well, strike the starving part. Anyway, let's pull Ray and MW from that soul-less category: lawyers. He's that and more. He reminds us that Jesus is headed for The Big Easy--and that's enough to make a blind man see.Readers of Blawg Review enjoyed Ray Ward's great writing style when he hosted Blawg Review #90, a wonderfully-themed presentation from New Orleans on the feast day of Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
Blawg Review #143 is a special presentation on Public Defender Stuff for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It's always interesting when our hosts are inspired to do something special for Blawg Review.
Check out the roster of future hosts in the sidebar on our home page for other available dates to host Blawg Review, and send the editor an email if you'd like to book a date to host, yourself.
September 8th is International Literacy Day September 15th is International Day of Democracy October 6th is German-American Day November 3rd is Japan Culture Day November 10th is USMC Birthday November 17th is International Students Day December 1st is World AIDS Day December 15th is Bill of Rights Day
"All I ever wanted was one of these," lamented Rodney Dangerfield, whose claim to fame was that he never got any respect. With all due respect to Mr. Dangerfield, the premier law blog for public defender stuff has announced The Rodneys, the second annual Public Defender Blogger Awards. Check out this year's winners here.
Blawg Review #142 by Susan Cartier Liebel at Build A Solo Practice is an excellent example of the letter and the spirit of Blawg Review.
Unlike most other blog carnivals, which rely only on submissions, Blawg Review collects the best of the law blogs each week from various sources, including the recommendations of readers of law blogs.Susan Cartier Liebel is a nationally recognized coach and consultant, who teaches lawyers how to create and grow their legal practice. To give us a unique perspective on her blog's subject specialty, Susan has drafted her Blawg Review in the form of a letter to a new lawyer.
A peer-reviewed blog carnival, the host of each Blawg Review decides which of the submissions and recommended posts are suitable for inclusion in the presentation. The host is encouraged to source another dozen or so interesting posts to fit with any special theme of that issue of Blawg Review.
The host's personal selections usually include several that reflect the character and subject interests of the host blawg, recognizing that the regular readership of the blog should find some of the usual content, and new readers of the blog via Blawg Review ought to get some sense of the unique perspective and subject specialties of the host.
(This Blawg Review is designed as a Letter to New Lawyer. I've incorporated the interesting names of many legal blogs as part of the narrative but you will have no clue what the topic of each blog post is until you click on the link. Hopefully you will have fun discovering each blog post. I've included some of the well-known and prolific usual suspects and am introducing you to some new and exciting blogs I've recently discovered. There may even be other Letters to a New Lawyer you will uncover. So, enjoy!)Well done, Susan. No doubt, we'll see Blawg Review #142 nominated for next year's Blawg Review of the Year Award.
For Blawg Review #142, Susan Cartier Liebel has an idea that challenges followers of this project to submit or recommend law blog posts that contribute to an "open letter" theme.
Some have been after me for a while to construct a "Letter to a New Lawyer" giving them advice, wisdom, perspective. That's a tall order because I don't presume to have any perspective but my own. So, here is the challenge. I will be writing that letter as a Blawg Review and am seeking submissions this week which discuss your experiences (not just from solos, either, even though I've been dubbed the solo-centric champion of solos!) This Blawg Review is for everyone in every aspect of practice. You can be a BigLaw lawyer, a law student, retired, solo, professor, judge, career counselor, jury consultant, public defender, legal aid, marketing guru, mediation consultant, etc.Anyone who wants to submit a blog post or recommend another's good one for inclusion in this Blawg Review should send in a link following these Submission Guidelines.
There are many gifted blawgers who have opinions about their experiences and would like to share them. Your posts can be about your area of law, great cases, marketing, ethics, law school, BigLaw, going solo, work/life balance, blogging, education, anything as long as it takes the form of wisdom and advice you would legitimately pass on to a new lawyer seeking your counsel.
The neologism "instalanche" alludes to Instapundit. In the blogosphere, this is similar to being Slashdotted; it refers to an avalanche of traffic to a blog after a very popular site links to a post.
Blawg Review was honored to be nominated by the ABA Journal editors as one of the Blawg 100, where our humble Blawg Review blog was unfortunately categorized under the heading "Generally Speaking" along with many of the most popular law blogs, including QuizLaw, Overlawyered, How Appealing, Point of Law, Ernie the Attorney, and May It Please the Court, each of which, incidentally, has hosted Blawg Review.