Five years old

I published this blog's first post on March 19, 2013, a critique of the theater of oral argument in Shelby County v. Holder. The blog has been a really useful repository of half-baked ideas (as promised in my unchanged "About" page), some of which have turned into op-eds, shorter articles, or components of longer articles. Others have sat quietly on this blog, dormant, awaiting that web search from an intrepid reporter on an obscure topic I thought amusing at one time.

I also wanted an outlet for some of my ideas on legal education, the legal job market, and crude data visualizations. It's been a quite useful medium for that, too.

It's certainly true that blogging has become less popular. (My own blogging waxes and wanes with interest and seasons.) Much discussion (and media attention) has shifted to Twitter. I've described my cutback on the use of Twitter (I've probably trimmed my use 80% or so in 2018), so I won't rehash that discussion. But I'll say that I miss some of my favorite bloggers who've moved away from the more thoughtful, longer form pieces on blogs and into the quick reactions (or Twitter canoe conversations) of social media. That's not to say they're wrong or bad. It's just to say, I miss some of the more carefully constructed longer-form reads. It's also a bit ironic, I think--blogging was seen as the "unserious" medium 15 years ago, of glib takes and hasty reactions, and here I am nostalgic for a return to that medium I view as so much more serious!

My blogging pace is irregular (but I have managed at least one major entry each month), but I'm grateful to the 370,000 visitors and 530,000 pageviews in five years. I've never earned a penny on this site (a reason it should load quickly and be quite readable!), so I am grateful for your feedback, and I hope I've offered some small enlightenment to readers over the years.

(Feel free to browse this blog's archives! Or check out my actual long-form pieces at SSRN.)