SOMETHING VENTURED, SOMETHING GAINED

December 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

The germ of an idea for this blog popped up after a conversation I had with a young lawyer. We discussed a matter involving an estate, and I realized it was at least the fourth time that I had had the same discussion with different lawyers. I thought that there must be a better way to address lawyers’ questions and concerns about practice, and I filed the notion away in the recesses of my mind.

A couple of months later a chancellor in another district called me and we discussed our mutual exasperation over lawyers either ignoring or not even being aware of changes to the adoption jurisdiction requirements. Again, I thought there had to be a more efficient way to spread the word about these things.

Then, while reading a blog one day, it hit me: “Duh. This is the obvious way to do it.”

And after a little experimentation, I launched this blog on June 14, 2010, about six and one-half months ago.

It’s been a rewarding experience for me. Lawyers from around the state have told me they keep up with the blog.  I have seen lawyers questioning witnesses using checklists they printed from posts here.  Several lawyers have told me that they print out posts that they find useful and keep them in a binder for future reference.  Out-of-district lawyers have told me they appreciated being able to find out in advance what I expected for a minor’s settlement, an irreconcilable differences divorce, or an intestate estate.  I have had comments and e-mails from attorneys telling me that a post I made helped them resolve a difficult issue in a case.

All of that is what I hoped for when I started this. I hope you have found something here that you can use and that keeps you in touch.

In the six and one-half months of this blog there have been more than 220 posts. There have been 215 comments, but that is misleading because, for some reason, WordPress counts a link to another post as a comment. My guess is that we’ve had around 100 actual comments. We get between 150 and 200 views of the blog on a typical weekday, and 50-60 on a typical weekend or holiday. Those are views of the home page — the one you see when you sign on the blog. When a specific post is viewed separately, it is counted separately. The all-time most viewed post, with 532 unique views (and climbing; there have been 8 this week so far), is Sympathy for the Devil, my rather unsympathetic review of Curtis Wilkie’s The Fall of the House of Zeus. No doubt some of that traffic was driven by Tom Freeland’s mention of it and link on his own, popular NMissCommentor blog.

The all-time top twenty posts in 2010, followed by each post’s unique number of views, are:

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL   533
TRIAL BY CHECKLIST: CHILD CUSTODY FACTORS   256
DEALING WITH CRAZY CLIENTS   216
ABOUT   206
TRIAL BY CHECKLIST   195
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS   178
NEW LEGISLATION THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR CHANCERY PRACTICE   160
IS MY DIVORCE FINAL? YES. UH, NO. OKAY, YES. AT LEAST I THINK IT IS   152
ADMINISTRATION OF AN INTESTATE ESTATE   149
TEN TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE RULE 8.05 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS   145
THE MARK OF THE BEAST   138
PROPOSED RULE CHANGES THAT MAY AFFECT YOU   138
CHANCERY COURT CONTESTED ELECTION RESULTS   135
TRIAL BY CHECKLIST: ATTORNEY’S FEES   129
OUTLINE FOR MINOR’S SETTLEMENTS   119
FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO PROVE ATTORNEY’S FEES   114
CHECKLIST FOR CLOSING AN ESTATE   104
TRIAL BY CHECKLIST: GRANDPARENT VISITATION   103
THE BALDUCCI FILES   99
“HIGH WATERS” AND BURLAP SUITS   99

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