(Non-)Friday Drive-by: Surveying the blawgpocalypse…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 17, 2010 in Friday Drive-by | Subscribe

I’m a huge fan of the other blawgers out there on the internet, and particularly enjoy them when I need to avoid doing pointless classwork ;)

Even though I don’t comment as often as I should on those folks’ entries, I still talk with several of them frequently on Facebook and Twitter — and even became “real world” friends with a couple :)

So as I stumble across blawgs I haven’t read yet, they get thrown onto the blogroll for y’all to enjoy. And since I try to read all of them regularly I update the link list with one or more tildes (“~”) if something hasn’t been updated in awhile: ~ means a blog has been inactive for at least a month, ~~ for blogs that haven’t been updated in 3+ months, and ~~~ for the ones that are pretty much totally deactivated (no post in 6+ months, or password-protected, or shut down).

But given my sporadic and lengthy disappearances over the past two months, it’s been awhile since I had a chance to catch up on the blawgosphere…

…and an awful lot of them have disappeared since then :(

About 15% of my blogroll now falls into “~~~” territory. The most high-profile is probably i don’t wear skinny jeans, a now-2L at NYU who blended his law school life experience with a truly impeccable wit.1

Together with Jansen and the Hoomster, idwsj rounded out my “Big 3” — the first law blogs I ever read, and the ones I still check almost compulsively. I saw one of his last posts speculating about the future of his blog, but I didn’t realize he had gone through with deleting it until my Top Sites screen in Safari showed a blank WordPress page :beatup:

idwsj isn’t the only one. Take a look at the September 2009 Top 10 law student blogs from Bitter Lawyer and a similar May 2010 Top 10 blog list from ClearAdmit:

And then there’s the other 40%ish of the 149 entries in the blogroll who are in the ~ and ~~ range. Some of the folks who still write regularly have also pondered throwing in the towel, or scaled back due to drama.

I don’t know what’s brought on the mass extinction, but if any of you happen to read this entry: your blawgs are among the highlights of my day, so I’d really appreciate if you didn’t disappear on me :*

Off to dinner with some of my NCCU Law colleagues, then back to study Evidence for the night. Have a great night y’all! :D

  1. To this day idwsj’s blog was/is the only law blog I’ve read where I literally LOL’d in the middle of class :beatup: []

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Oct 18, 2010 at 8:07 AM

at least it’s good to know that you’re not the only one who’s virtually disappeared ;)

Oct 18, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Yes, I’ve noticed this too. As for me, I miss Cee (Wild North West Litigator) and Law School Wife!

Oct 18, 2010 at 6:11 PM

I think about my little blog every day!! I even wonder if anybody notices that it’s slowly dying. Sigh. I haven’t written for a lot of reasons. I’ve been crazy busy [14 hrs, too many student orgs, trying to find a job] and I’ve been really down on the whole law school experience lately and didn’t want to spread the cranky/bitterness. I’m hoping to write an entry soon and at least write every once in a while, if not at least once a week like I used to. :[

Matt Hollowell
Oct 18, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Doesn’t look like you have @rbcarter in your Blogroll: http://www.undeniableruth.com/. She has written some great posts about law school/twitter/networking/etc. Definitely check her out. Love the Blogroll, by the way! As you, I have stumbled across *numerous* blawgs that have fallen off the map. Totally understandable as students graduate/are consumed with school. Good reminder, however, to those who also brighten my day!


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Oct 18, 2010 at 10:04 PM

@JE: Don’t think I ever read Law School Wife, but I def miss Cee too :(

@Mariel: We notice!! :) Understand where you’re coming from about not wanting to spread crankiness though — I hope 2L gets better! :D

@Matt: Thanks for the tip-off, Ruth has been added to the blogroll! And I greatly appreciate the RT as well!!

Oct 19, 2010 at 3:56 AM

Yup, they’re dropping like flies at the moment!

And as much as I hate to add to your misery, but Teasingly Diverse is retiring from the blawgosphere too. :-(

I’m pretty sanguine about the peaks and troughs in the number of blawgers. I’ve actively bemoaned the slowly depleting number of UK blawgers over the years but every now and then there’s a flurry of newcomers which keeps the levels more or less constant.

True, blawging isn’t what it used to be, but maybe it’s quality rather than quantity, huh? :-)

Oct 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM

I noticed this as well, particularly IDWSJ, which I’d just started reading. I wondered whether it had something to do with oversharing and, well, blogged about “To Blawg or Not to Blawg”: http://www.kohncommunications.com/blog/to-blawg-or-not-to-blawg/ -ae

Oct 21, 2010 at 3:58 PM

This happens every year. People get busy. Blogs die. That’s why I post something every day, for fear of a day turning into a week, a week into a month…


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