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

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

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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Friday Drive-by #12 (or, “w00t for #4!!”)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on May 7, 2010 in Friday Drive-by

A few weeks ago I mentioned to y’all that law:/dev/null was among 25 nominees in ClearAdmit‘s “Best of Blogging” competition. The folks at Clear Admit basically took the huge pantheon of law student blogs, trimmed the list down to their Top 25, then sent everyone a ballot to vote for their favorites.

Well the votes are in, the results were announced on Tuesday, and…

…we’re #4! :D

That’s pretty doggone good as far as I’m concerned, considering the top 3 winners happened to be the exact same folks as the “Big 3” I mentioned in that earlier entry :) We also snagged #1 in the “Best Representation of Academics” category!

All in all, not bad for a contest where my initial nomination was a surprise :spin:

Many thanks again to the folks over at ClearAdmit, as well as to everyone in the Top 25 who included me on their ballot :) And an even bigger *THANK YOU* to all of you readers who keep reading and supporting law:/dev/null :D

Here are the final vote results. All of you should check out all of these blogs :)

TOP 10:

  1. idwsj @ http://idwsj.wordpress.com/
  2. Dennis Jansen @ http://www.dennis-jansen.com/
  3. Huma Rashid @ http://humarashid.com/
  4. TDot @ http://www.lawdevnull.com/
  5. Ricky Nelson @ http://legallyquestionablecontent.wordpress.com/
  6. Mariel @ http://freshthoughtsoup.wordpress.com/
  7. Cat & SB @ http://similarlysituated.blogspot.com/
  8. Reckless @ http://lastcallforrecklessness.blogspot.com/
  9. I’m Nobody @ http://butnothanks.blogspot.com/
  10. Ivy Lea @ http://ivy-lea.blogspot.com/

Most Entertaining Applicant Blog:
Ricky Nelson @ http://legallyquestionablecontent.wordpress.com/

Best School Selection Advice:
Ricky Nelson @ http://legallyquestionablecontent.wordpress.com/

Best Resource for Applicants:
Dennis Jansen @ http://www.dennis-jansen.com/

Best Job/Internship Advice:
Huma Rashid @ http://humarashid.com/

Best Representation of Academics:
TDot @ http://www.lawdevnull.com/

Best Representation of Student Life:
idwsj @ http://idwsj.wordpress.com/

Best Single Post:
idwsj @ Law School: A Life of 1,000 Acquaintances and One Friend

Have fun reading folks! And have a great night! :D

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Friday Drive-by #11 (or, “It’s an honor just to be nominated”)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Apr 16, 2010 in Friday Drive-by

Amid all the craziness trying to get caught up — with exams starting next week too! :surprised: — I totally overlooked an email from the folks over at ClearAdmit back on Monday. Turns out law:/dev/null is one of their Top 25 nominees for the “Best of Blogging 2009-2010” Award!

The nomination was a total surprise, particularly given the far more talented writing of many other nominees (not to mention my frequent and arbitrary disappearances :beatup: ).

But now I’ve got a better understanding of where Oscar nominees are coming from when they say it’s an honor just to be nominated. To have this blog included in the same list as my own “Big 3” (Jansen, TRPLS, and idwsj) is a big honor in my book :D

So to the folks over at ClearAdmit, many many thanks! And also *THANK YOU* to all of you readers who keep coming back… and thus encourage me to keep writing1 :angel:

I’d encourage all of you to check out the other blogs in the Top 25 — I even found some new entries to the blogroll in this list :)

Have fun reading y’all :) And a great night! :D

  1. Which means if you don’t like what I write, stop visiting :P []

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