So this morning I was checking my referrers and discovered that the law firm of Bremer Nelson, LLP had linked to this blog from their new blawg, Quid Pro Quo. They kindly refer to Stay of Execution as a "great example" of a "personal diary or journal of daily living," in their explanation of what a blog is. Thanks much. And then I noticed that they have a nice blawgroll of all kinds of law blogs and Stay of Execution was not among them. By which I deduce that they considered the question of what is a "blog" and what is a "blawg" and decided that this site is a great example of the former but is not really the latter.
Which is okay with me, but did get me thinking. I mean, this is definitely a journal of daily living, and pretty clearly not about law, right? Notwithstanding my previous post, which was kind of tongue in cheek (although that is what I'm working on, and I'd better get to it). I don't write about the cases I'm working on, because generally that's not okay to do. Sometimes I write about clients and their problems and the things it makes me think about, but that's more journalish than legal. I run into interesting legal problems that get me intellectually excited, not every day but several times a week for sure, but I often don't write about those because the interesting parts are the grey areas and those come up for me in the context of cases or business positions where we have to take a position, and so it would be inappropriate to discuss how hard and murky and strange the law seems to be. I suppose I could go back and write about such questions after the client's problem and this firm's position have been resolved, but it is my nature to gallop forward and not to stew too long on such things. You guys have other places to go to read about cases and legal theory; I'm not your best source for such things. Nor can I offer many war stories.
Is this a blawg because I have a law degree? Because I am admitted to practice law in a couple of states? Because I actually work practicing law? Because lawyers read it? Because law students read it? (And lawyers and law students, do you read it for legal content? Or just because it's a great example of a journal of daily living, to coin a phrase?) I dunno. And do non-lawyers like it because it's legal, or because it's not? I dunno.
I agree with the Quid Pro Quo guys. I think this is a plain old blog, written by a person who happens to be working as a lawyer. What do you think?